Biology

Biology not only opens your mind, it opens doors to your future.” – Mrs. Davison, Head of Biology 

We believe that Biology should be as interactive as possible to help pupils develop their passion and curiosity by exploring how living organisms work and interact with each other.

Pupils are encouraged to participate in thought-provoking events such as our Science Symposium, led by professors from the Oxford International Biomedical Centre, which focuses on genetic engineering, and the nationwide Biology Challenge. STEM Learning (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) is encouraged across all three Sciences, rewarding pupils with the CREST award to recognise their independent research and execution of a practical task, as well as in inter-school STEM contest run by SATRO.

Beyond the Classroom

Practical activities are the very basis of making our lessons as engaging as possible and our weekly Biology clubs reflect this. Dissection club allows pupils to dissect the more unusual organs such as lungs and testicles, as well as organisms such as sardines and squid. Pupils who join our Eco club can be seen building bird boxes and planting hanging baskets that will be pollinated by our Dunottar bees!

 

Opportunities for learning extend outside the classroom literally with our recently opened outside classroom which is excellent for sampling techniques in Ecology. Pupils are offered the opportunity to visit Tilgate Nature Park and Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve as part of their Biology studies.

 

It’s so interesting how they can genetically engineer algae and that this can help reduce the impact of climate change for future generations.

Year 10 pupil about Dunottar's Science Symposium

Biology means staying curious about the world we live in, engaging with new research methods and discovering new species in order to live in a harmonious and sustainable way with nature.

Mrs O'Dwyer, Biology Teacher
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