Syllabus Schedule
Month
August
Topic/Theme/Skill
Subject Biology
Major Tasks
Year Group S3
Assessments
E’s & O’s
Produce posters of
human body with
information on
selected specialised
cells.
Summary of sexual
v asexual
reproduction.
Using a microscope, I have developed my
understanding of the structure and
variety of cells and of their functions.
SCN3.13a
Cells, tissues, organs
Study specialised cells using microscope and internet, relate
structure to function.
Research different proteins produced by specialised cells.
Discuss switching on & off genes and relate to different organs.
Sept.
Reproduction
Sexual and asexual reproduction in plants
and animals plus their importance to the
survival of the species.
Body cells, gametes, number of sets of
chromosomes, structure, sites of production,
fertilisation, zygote.
Investigate reproduction in various animals, plants and
microorganisms. Agar plates, aseptic techniques
Examine bulbs and tubers, plants bulbs
Compare different methods, success rates and how these relate to
survival.
Brine shrimp practical.
Study animal and plant sex cells, organs.
Sept/
Oct
Variation and Inheritance
Discrete and continuous variation.
Phenotype, genotype, dominant & recessive,
homozygous, heterozygous
Polygenic - continuous variation.
Investigate variation e.g. tongue rolling & height.
Research Mendel’s work on peas.
Problem solving, punnet squares, ratios related to inheritance.
Gene Jury activity. Reebops activity
Research polygenic inheritance.
KU & PS Quiz/Test
I can use my understanding of how
characteristics are inherited to solve
genetic problems and relate this to my
understanding of DNA, genes and
chromosomes. SCN4-14c
October
Growth and Development
Research growth and development of different animals. Relate to
balanced diet.
Research Report
Through investigation, I can compare and
contrast how different organisms grow
and develop. SCN 4.14a
Nov.
Need for Transport Systems
Plants. Water transport - root hairs, xylem,
guard cells, stomata, epidermis, mesophyll
cells, transpiration. Sugar transport phloem.
Animals. Circulatory - blood, blood flow,
heart, blood vessels. Respiratory - structure
of lungs, self -cleaning. Digestive - structure,
peristalsis, villi.
Surface area to volume ratio calculations & PS
Examine xylem tubes, root hairs, stomata, guard cells, structure of
leaf.
Transpiration experiments
Experimental
Report
Review from Science
Investigate structures and create notes.
Summary
comparing animals
to plants.
KU & PS Quiz/Test
Effects of lifestyle choices on animal
transport and exchange systems.
Research
Take Physiological Measurements
Debate
Convey research via
method chosen by
pupil
Multi-Cellular Organisms
I understand the processes of fertilisation
and embryonic development and can
discuss possible risks to the embryo.
SCN3.14a
Through evaluation of a range of data, I
can compare sexual and asexual
reproduction and explain their importance
to the survival of the species. SCN 4-14b.
Oct. Hols
Nov.
Dec.
Xmas
I have explored the structure and
function of organs and organ systems
and can relate this to the basic biological
processes required to sustain life.
SCN3.12a
I have explored the role of technology in
monitoring health and improving the
quality of life. SCN 3.12b
Syllabus Schedule
Subject Biology
Year Group S3
Jan.
Controversial Procedures
Investigate/debate e.g. gene therapy, pharming, transgenic animals
and plants.
Jan/Feb
Control & Communication
Homeostasis - body temperature
Nervous Control - structure CNS, brain.
Reflex Action
Hormonal Control - Endocrine glands,
receptor cells, blood glucose regulation.
Investigate effect of external temp. on core body temp.
Investigate density of touch receptors on in skin.
Research reflex actions.
Research role of hormones in the body.
KU & PS Quiz/Test
Feb.
Diabetes
Research causes of diabetes.
Research Report
Feb.
- June
Propagating and growing plants.
Take cuttings, plant seeds, pot on seedlings, care for plants, plant
out plants.
Investigate effects of conditions and nutrients on plant growth.
Produce plants.
Explain methods
used.
March
Photosynthesis - requirements, limiting
factors
Starch tests.
Elodea/immobilised algae/carbon dioxide probe experiments.
Design Experiment.
KU & PS Quiz/Test
March
Commercial uses of plants
Investigate increased yields of crops/fuel/medicines via pharming.
Investigate a variety of uses of plants
Create poster
Review and Revise
End of Unit Test
Research examples of adaptations.
Experiment - reacting to stimuli - choice chambers.
Exp/Research examples of learned behaviour.
Experimental
Report
Review course and Revise
End of course test
Feb.
Debate
I can debate the moral and ethical issues
associated with some controversial
biological procedures.
I can explain how biological actions which
take place in response to external and
internal changes work to maintain stable
body conditions. SCN 4.12a
Feb. Hols
March
I have propagated and grown plants
using a variety of different methods. I
can compare these methods and develop
my understanding of their commercial
use. SCN4.02a
Through exploring the carbon cycle, I can
describe the processes involved in
maintaining the balance of gases in the
air, considering causes and implications
of changes in the balance. SCN 4.05b
By contributing to an investigation on
different ways of meeting society's
energy needs, I can express an informed
view on the risks and benefits of different
energy sources, including those produced
from plants. SCN 4.04a
Easter
April
May
May
Life on Earth
Adaptations & learned behaviour for
survival.
Through investigation, I can explain how
changes in learned behaviour due to
internal and external stimuli are of
benefit to the survival of species. SCN
4.12b
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Syllabus Schedule Subject Biology Year Group S3