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"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”

Stephen Hawking

Subject Overview

Biology helps students to develop a curiosity about the natural world, giving an insight into how science works and an appreciation of its relevance to their everyday lives. The way scientific ideas flow through their curriculum journey will support students to build a deeper understanding of biology. Our curriculum encourages the development of knowledge and understanding in biology through opportunities for working scientifically.

Course Content

Biology Years 7 - 9

Year 7

• Cell biology
• Gas exchange
• Reproduction
• Ecology

Year 8

• Digestion
• Bioenergetics
• Evolution and inheritance

Year 9

• Cell biology
• Gas exchange
• Heart and blood vessels
• Infection and response
• First aid
• Biodiversity

Biology Years 10 and 11

Year 10

• Digestion
• Homeostasis
• Plants and cell transport
• Bioenergetics
• Ecology

Year 11

• Cell division and inheritance
• Variation and evolution
• Infection and response 2
• Homeostasis 2
• Ecology 2





Curriculum Documents

In Year 7 and 8 students study all three sciences

Year 7 Science

Year 8 Science

Year 9 Biology

Year 10 Biology

Year 11 Biology