Biology at Sir Thomas Rich's
Biology is the study of life - your future
Biology is the study of life and living processes. Biology is rewarding, challenging, interesting and above all relevant. Your knowledge of Biology may be used to understand and perhaps help solve many of today’s problems such as illness, food production, conservation and the control of pollution.
You will gain an awareness of some contemporary issues including genetic engineering, biotechnology, organ transplantation and fertility control. Alongside the theory you will develop practical, analysis and evaluation skills. In Biology at Sir Thomas Rich's we aim to stimulate intellectual curiosity and develop a life-long interest in science.
- Microbes and disease
- Food and diet
- Plants and photosynthesis
- Students usually visit a zoo to study animal behaviour
- Human Biology up to GCSE level, including:
- Respiration and breathing
- Blood and circulation
- Cell division
- Metabolism and transport in cells
- Plant tissues and organs
- Plant disease
- Health Issues
- Ecology, including fieldwork usually carried out at WWT Slimbridge
- Biodiversity and human interactions with ecosystems
- The nervous system
- Plant hormones
- DNA and inheritance
- Variation and evolution
- Genetic engineering and cloning
- Biological molecules
- Animal and plant transport
- Exchange Systems
- Nucleic acids
- Classification and evolution
- Conservation and sustainability
- Ecosystems and populations
- Nerves and hormones
- Communication and homeostasis
- Plant and animal responses
- Cellular control
- Patterns of inheritance
- Biotechnology and manipulating genomes
Students are expected to attend a four-day residential field course in Year 13 to develop their Ecology practical skills and knowledge.
- Veterinary studies
- Animal welfare
- Research scientist
"I have enjoyed Biology at Tommies because the teachers make the lessons fun and interesting. Also you are given the help that you need to keep your work organised and it really helps when you are revising."
"I enjoy Biology because of the variety it brings: from the reactions that happen inside cells to the interactions between organisms in ecosystems. Everyone will find something that fascinates them. The range of teaching methods used, including practical work and field studies, ensures that the subject is really brought to life."
"Biology is an engaging and exciting subject, covering a wide range of topics from DNA replication to biodiversity. It is universally useful. Biology at STRS is especially good due to excellent teaching and a wide variety of trips."
To develop interest in Biology we would recommend visiting zoos, wildlife parks, botanical gardens, natural history museums and science museums.
- Biology support club on Tuesday lunchtimes.
- Year 8 trip to Bristol Zoo to study animal behaviour.
- Year 10 trip to Slimbridge WWT to develop ecology practical skills.
- Year 12 trip to Oxford Natural History Museum to study evolution and classification.
- Year 13 Residential field course developing ecology skills and knowledge.
The following websites also provide useful material and ideas: