Kirkham Grammar School

Independent Co-Educational Day and Boarding School


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    School Curriculum - Biology


    Biology is a subject that affects many aspects of our lives, such as the food we eat, our health and interactions with the environment.  We aim to foster a keen interest in human body systems and natural history and an awareness of the exciting developments occurring in biotechnology, microbiology and medicine.

    An investigative approach, through practical work, is encouraged in all year groups which, together with project work and presentations, develops a broad understanding of scientific principles.

    Lower School

    The course for First Year pupils includes an introduction to using investigative methods, the use of a compound microscope, cell structure, variation amongst living organisms, reproduction of humans and other animals, ecology and the skeleton and movement.

    The course for Second Year pupils revolves mainly around human life processes, including nutrition and health, feeding and digestion, respiration, movement and exercise, effects of smoking and alcohol on human health and homeostasis.

    The course for Third Year pupils continues to develop the pupils' investigative mathematical and graphical skills, with a great deal of practical work being incorporated into the curriculum.  Topics include photosynthesis, plant transport, human heart and circulation, microbes and disease and ecology.

    Middle School


    Board: AQA

    Biology is taught as a separate subject to all students, with examinations being taken at the end of the Fifth Year for those studying for (Combined Science) Trilogy or Biology.  The practical element of the course is delivered through the requirement to undertake a range of practicals throughout the two year course. 

    Sixth Form



    First Year – Blackpool Zoo Trip

    First Year – Biology Bake Off

    Third Year – Biology Challenge

    Sixth Form Ecology Field Trip – Rhyd-y-creuau

    Lower Sixth – Biology Live

    Lower Sixth Field Trip – venue TBC

    Upper Sixth – Nowgen Genetics Workshop

    Upper Sixth – Biology Olympian

    Upper Sixth – Revision Day

    Upper Sixth – Revision Webinars

    Upper Sixth – Maths for Biologists Day

    Science Week including chick hatching

    Biology Week – Junior/Senior Quiz


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