Biology

Nottingham High School

Biology is a fascinating science that allows us to explore many different aspects of life on our planet. From microscopic cellular structures to complex ecosystems!

We are staffed by a team of specialists with a passion for the subject, each with their own particular area of interest.

We offer our students lots of opportunities to enhance their learning, for example: trips, outside speakers, competitions and of course, our Biology club. Take a look in our laboratories and you will see that we have a fantastic range of equipment and even living specimens too!

We have recently refreshed our Key stage 3 curriculum and have adopted the excellent ‘Activate!’ course by Oxford University Press. We study topics such as: how unicellular organisms reproduce, how to measure the volume of your lungs, how your food is digested and how producers gain their energy in the darkness at the bottom of the ocean!

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Our GCSE students get to explore some of these ideas in more detail and will also start to learn more complex concepts such as gene technologies, the theory of evolution, the heart and circulation and much more. Each year we enter 20 of our most promising GCSE students into the Biology Challenge Competition, where they compete with Biology students nationwide. We often achieve lots of Gold medals!

The Biology department are keen to develop independent learners and provide lots of online support for our students. 

Many of our students decide that they would like to take Biology at A Level. The new A Level course is full of interesting theory and plenty of opportunity for practical work and investigations. For those students that are excelling in the subject, we also offer the chance to compete in the British Biology Olympiad Competition. We run seminar-style discussion groups during lunchtime to help students prepare for this.

Year 12 students are offered the opportunity to run a lower school Biology club. They get to choose which activities they want to do and plan mini lessons for Years 7 to 9. The club is highly popular and has included eye ball dissections, maggot investigations and making bird feeders.

The Biology department are keen to develop independent learners and provide lots of online support for our students. We subscribe to sites such as Kerboodle but also make use of online activities and videos to consolidate learning.

Take a look at our YouTube channel for our recommended Year 11-13 playlists and examples of pupil work, or follow us on twitter for Biological news and snippets of what is going on in our laboratories during the school day!