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St. Benedict's High School: Biology

Web Links

 



History of Science Timeline

 

Tour of the Solar System

 

The Royal Institution

 

ARKive: Images of Life on Earth

 

ARKive: Education

 

Science Museum, London

 

BioScience for the Future

 

 

YouTube Video Links:

 

Learn About Plants - Seed Dispersal

 

The Digestive System 1

 

The Digestive System 2

 

The Digestive System... And You!

 

How the Body Works:The Villi

 

Once Upon a Time... Life - The digestion (1 of 3)

 

 

BBC News - Science & Environment

World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

The revolutionary technology allows wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for current turbines.

Fukushima disaster: Robot finds possible melted nuclear fuel

An underwater robot spotted the lava-like rocks inside a reactor of Japan's destroyed nuclear plant.

Norfolk Broads python discovery mystery

A 12ft-long python found on the Norfolk Broads has still not been found.

Farm subsidies 'must be earned' - Michael Gove

Environment Secretary Michael Gove plans to pay farmers for protecting the environment and creating rural jobs.

Moon dust bag sold for $1.8m at New York auction

The bag was used by astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect the first ever samples of the Moon in 1969.

New Mexico boy trips over 1.2 million year old fossil

A 10-year-old boy's stumble unearthed a prehistoric skull, which he then got the chance to help excavate.

Black-winged stilts: Record year for UK breeding

The number fledging from the UK in 2017 is more than the total number for the previous 30 years.

Elephant seals 'recognise vocal rhythm'

Male elephant seals recognise the rhythm of one another's voices, researchers say.

US Republican asks Nasa if civilisation on Mars existed

A US congressman asked scientists if the Red Planet could have been occupied "thousands of years ago".

Poaching pushes pangolin closer to extinction

Pangolins in the forests of Africa are at risk of being pushed to extinction like their Asian relatives.

Australia human history 'rewritten by rock find'

Research shows Aboriginal people entered Australia up to 18,000 years earlier than thought.

Why dogs are friendly - it's written in their genes

Being friendly is in dogs' nature and could be key to how they were domesticated from wolves.

UK rhino eggs 'could save last northern whites'

A UK zoo is taking part in a radical plan to save the world's last northern white rhinos from extinction.

How did dogs become our best friends? New evidence

Dogs were tamed from a single wolf population between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, a study suggests.

Mighty T. rex 'walked rather than sprinted'

New research suggests the dinosaur could go no faster than a very brisk walking pace.

Telescopes to reach nine billion light years away

New radio telescopes far more powerful than any used before aim to shed light on extra terrestrial activity.

Newquay is go!

World Land Speed record holder Andy Green looks forward to the first, low-speed runs of the Bloodhound supersonic car.

Will wildcat lynx be reintroduced to the UK?

The wildcat could be reintroduced into the UK for the first time in 1,300 years.

Ancient underwater forest found in US

Scientists have dated the trees to a previous ice age 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were far lower.

'Beam me up, Scotty'

Chinese scientists have "teleported" a photon particle to a satellite - could humans be next?

Gif and image written into the DNA of bacteria

Images and a short film are inserted into bacteria DNA and recovered with 90% accuracy.

Splitting the atom

The government is about to set out its position on membership of Europe's nuclear regulator after Brexit.

Lark or night owl? Blame your ancestors

Our ancestors could be to blame for the wide variety of human sleeping habits, from larks to night owls.

Fusion wait

We will have to wait until the second half of the century for fusion reactors to start generating electricity, experts have announced.

Zoo keepers

Galaxy Zoo is one of the most successful citizen science projects ever conceived. We look back at what it's achieved over 10 years.

Ribbiting stuff

The huge diversity of frogs we see today is mainly a consequence of the asteroid strike that killed off the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Saving big cats

Amy Dickman has had some close shaves with big cats and humans while working with cheetahs and lions.

DNA data

Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare?

Dino domination

A million-year-long period of volcanic activity led to the rise of the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

Desert wall?

Science reporter Victoria Gill joins researchers in Arizona to find out how President Trump's wall could affect endangered desert wildlife.

Course Information


S1/S2 Course

S3 Course

S4/5/6 Courses

 


Course Info

 

S1/2 Science

 

Information coming soon!

 

 

Course Info

 

S3 Biology


In the level 4 Biology course, you will gain knowledge and understanding of how you body works and how all animals, plants and other living things depend on each other. In recent years many new discoveries have been made about the nature of living things. You will learn about some of these, such as Biotechnology & Genetics and how these may help us find new cures for diseases and improving food production.



The course’s main topics are:




 



About Science


Science is an important part of our heritage and we use its applications every day in our lives at work, at leisure and in the home.  Science and the application of science are central to our economic future and to our health and wellbeing as individuals and as a society.  Scotland has a long tradition of scientific discovery, of innovation in the application of scientific discovery, and of the application of science in the protection and enhancement  of the natural and built environment.  Children and young people are fascinated by new discoveries and technologies and become increasingly aware of, and passionate about, the impact of science on their own health and wellbeing, the health of society and the health of the environment.



Through learning in the sciences, children and young people develop their interest in, and understanding of, the living, material and physical world. They engage in a wide range of collaborative investigative tasks, which allows them to develop important skills to become creative, inventive and enterprising adults in a world where the skills and knowledge of the sciences are needed across all sectors of the economy.



What can learning in the Sciences achieve for young people?



 



How is the Science Framework Structured?





What are the features of effective learning and teaching in Science?



In the sciences, effective learning and teaching will use a variety of approaches, including: AiFL, collaborative and independent learning, ICT, discussion, debate, external contributors, cross-curricular experiences & links. Whenever applicable and possible, learning will be through experimentation and reinforcement aiming to assist the:



How do we build on prior knowledge?



What are the broad features of assessment in the Sciences?

 

Connections with other areas of the curriculum





Useful websites for information on careers using Sciences



www.infoscotland.com/science

www.iop.org (Institute of Physics)

www.iob.org (Institute of Biology)

www.rsc.org/studentzone (Royal Society of Chemistry)

www.careers.scotland.org.uk



Many other useful websites exist for the Sciences, ask your teacher for some advice.



Course Info

 

S4/5/6 Biology

 

Biology: Higher

 

 

Purpose

 

To contribute to the student’s general and vocational education through the acquisition of relevant biological knowledge and skills, and to provide a general basis for further study or employment in areas related to Biology.  The course provides a broad-based, integrated study of a wide range of biological topics emphasising the importance of Biology as an area of fundamental investigative science and as a basis of study in a wide range of applied fields.  The course develops an understanding of the way in which biological principles can be applied to the issues facing the individual and society and fosters positive attitudes to others and the environment.

 

 

Recommended Entry

 

 

While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally be expected to have attained:

 

 

Course Details

 

 

The course has three 40 hour units and as with all courses includes a further 40 hours for induction, extending the range of learning and teaching approaches, remediation, consolidation, integration of learning and preparation for external assessment.  This time is an essential element of the course and advice on the use of the overall 160 hours is included in the course details.


 

UNITS

 

 

Cell Biology (H) 40 hours

 

Cell structure in relation to function, photosynthesis, energy release, synthesis and release of proteins, cellular response in defence in animals and plants.

 

 

Genetics and Adaptation (H) 40 hours

 

Variation, selection and speciation, animal and plant adaptations.

 

Control and Regulation (H) 40 hours

 

The control of growth and development, physiological homeostasis, population dynamics.

 

 

Progression

 

Students who achieve Higher Biology may progress to:

 

 

 

The course or its component units may also form part of one or more Scottish Group Awards.

 


 

Biology: Intermediate 2

 

 

Purpose

 

 

To contribute to the student’s general and vocational education through the acquisition of relevant biological knowledge and skills, particularly the essential prerequisites required for an even progression to study Higher Biology or Higher Human Biology as well as other areas of study or employment.  The course develops an understanding of the way in which biological principles can be applied to the issues facing the individual and society and fosters positive attitudes to themselves and others.

 

 

Recommended Entry

 

 

While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally be expected to have attained an award in:

 

The course is therefore also suitable for those wishing to study Biology for the first time e.g. adult returners and those with Standard Grade Physics, Chemistry or Science with Knowledge and Understanding and Problem Solving at Grades 1 – 3.

 

 

Course Details

 

 

The course has three 40 hour units and as with all courses includes a further 40 hours for induction, extending the range of learning and teaching approaches, remediation, consolidation, integration or learning and preparation for external assessment.  This time is an essential element of the course and advice on the use of the overall 160 hours is included in the course details.


 

UNITS

 

 

Living Cells (Int 2) 40 hours

 

Structure and function of a variety of cells, diffusion and osmosis in plant and animal cells, enzyme action, aerobic and anaerobic respiration, photosynthesis.

 

 

Environmental Biology and Genetics (Int 2) 40 hours

 

Ecosystems, factors affecting variety in a species.  Factors affecting variety and variation in a species Genetics and Applied Genetics.

 

 

Animal Physiology (Int 2) 40 hours

 

Mammalian nutrition, control of the internal environment, circulation and gas exchange, sensory mechanisms and processing of information.

 

 

Progression

 

Students who achieve Intermediate 2 Biology might progress to:

 

 

 

Units and courses in Biology may also form part of one or more Scottish Group Awards.