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Update from Jon Whitcombe, Trust Principal -

Secondary Statement

As you will be aware, the DfE has stated that Year 10 and Year 12 students will receive some “face to face” contact with their teachers during Term 6. Currently, we are awaiting guidance from the DfE as to what this means in practice. 

Once the guidance is published we will develop our plans and make the necessary arrangements. On June 1st we will write to you explaining what “face to face” means in practice and we will be in a position to confirm when this will commence. 

Please note that the current arrangements for online teaching for Years 10 and 12 will continue until further notice.

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A Levels - Biology

THE BEST PREPARATION FOR A LEVEL BIOLOGY IS ENTHUSIASM AND AN INTEREST IN THE SUBJECT. ANY WIDER READING AROUND THE SUBJECT, WHICH INTERESTS AND INSPIRES YOU, WILL BE EXCELLENT PREPARATION.

You might want to have a look at the following books:

Maths is vital for A level Biology and this book is a good introduction to the maths skills you will need.

 

The Head Start book is only 33 pages, but gives a useful recap of some of the key topics from GCSE. The Kindle edition is currently free.

 

SOME LIGHTER READING SUGGESTIONS FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS:

Richard Dawkins:

The Selfish Gene

The Blind Watchmaker.

Unweaving the Rainbow

Climbing Mount Improbable

The Ancestor’s Tale

Steve Jones:

Y: The Descent of Men

In the Blood: God, Genes and Destiny

Almost Like a Whale: The 'Origin of Species' Updated

The Language of the genes

Matt Ridley

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

The Language of Genes

Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code

Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human

James Watson:

DNA: The Secret of Life

The Double Helix: Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

Lewis Thomas:

The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher.

The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology Watcher Barry Gibb:

Charles Darwin: The origin of species

Armand Marie Leroi: Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body

David S. Goodsell: The Machinery of Life

Ernst Mayr: This Is Biology: The Science of the Living World

George C. Williams: Plan and Purpose in Nature

Steve Pinker: The Language Instinct

Edward O Wilson: The Diversity of Life

Primo Levi: The Periodic Table

Richard Leaky: The Origin of Humankind

The Rough Guide to the Brain (Rough Guides Reference Titles)

 

Movie recommendations - coming soon!

Youtube watch suggestions:

A new superweapon in the fight against cancer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N39Z0ODeME

Why bees are disappearing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY7iATJVCso

What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKmxL8VYy0M

Growing new organs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SfRgg9botI

 

Magazines, Newspapers and journals.

New Scientist

Nature

Science

Biological Sciences Review

British Medical Journal

Any scientific articles in newspapers (eg the Guardian on Wednesday)

 

If you have, any questions do not hesitate to email Mrs Barrett: vivienne.barrett@swale.at