Specification: CAMBRIDGE CIE 0610
The Cambridge IGCSE Biology syllabus is designed to enable pupils to explain and understand the biological world around them. This highly valued qualification will evidence both pupils' understanding of key theoretical principles and practical skills.
The Cambridge IGCSE Biology syllabus enables pupils to progress on to Cambridge A Level Biology which will open opportunities to study further at university.
Teacher assessments are continuous during LIVE TAUGHT lessons, marking of coursework and assignments and summative tests.
Homework will be given at the end of each week, usually in the form of problems to solve, researching key concepts.
Parents have 24 /7 access to all of their children's coursework.
Additionally the school holds 3 parent consultaions per year - one each term.
My name is Hanna Beyer. I am Head of Sciences at Cambridge Home School. I am a qualified secondary school teacher (PGCE) with
a PhD in Chemical Biology. I have worked in academia and in pharmaceutical research as a (bio)chemist and as medical scientist before
training as a teacher. I have many years of teaching experience in Science (chemistry, biology and physics), maths and English as a
I have written some educational materials for various companies such as science revision questions, maths assessment papers and
physics summaries. I am a member of the Tutors` Association.
The course will follow the current Cambridge International Exam (CIE) IGCSE specifications.
The course will be based on the textbooks recommended for the CIE IGCSEs.
B1. Characteristics of living organisms
2.1 Cell structure
2.2 Movement in and out of cells
4.2 Plant nutrition
4.3 Animal nutrition
5.1 Transport in plants
5.2 Transport in humans
6.1 Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
6.2 Gas exchange
B7. Co-ordination and response
7.1 Nervous control in humans
7.3 Tropic responses
8.1 Asexual and sexual reproduction
8.2 Sexual reproduction in plants
8.3 Sexual reproduction in humans
9.1 Chromosomes and genes
9.2 Cell division
9.3 Monohybrid inheritance
9.4 Variation and selection
B10. Energy flow in ecosystems
B11. Human influences on the ecosystem
These topics will be taught in Years 10 and 11 to prepare students for their CIE IGCSE.
3.Book list and stationary (Recommended but not necessary)
-Cambridge IGCSE® Chemistry Coursebook with CD-ROM (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by Richard Harwood (Author), Ian Lodge (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61503-8
-Cambridge IGCSE® Biology Coursebook with CD-ROM (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by Mary Jones (Author), Geoff Jones (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61479-6
-Cambridge IGCSE® Physics Workbook (Cambridge International Examinations) Paperback – 31 Jul 2014 by David Sang (Author); ISBN 978-1-107-61458
c)Access to a printer, pencil, ruler, rubber, pen, a notebook
Assessment, apart from the final IGCSE exams, will be carried out continuously throughout lessons, via homework or short tests.
Science is usually taught as a hands-on practical subject.
Items that would be useful to have would be safety goggles, an apron, and a tray on which to carry out practicals (e.g. large baking tray). Additional materials will be announced a week before required in the lesson along with a permission slip (to be signed by the parents). If a student cannot get access to materials required for practicals or does not wish to carry out a practical, they should not worry as the practical will also be demonstrated by the teacher.
The number of practicals will be relatively restricted owing to the nature of the course (online versus conventional), but we will try to include as many practicals as possible using safe household materials. Students will also be encouraged to think scientifically in an everyday context, making them aware of the science around them and how it can help in solving problems.
"The conducting of experiments is potentially dangerous and must be supervised by an adult. Cambridge Home School and its teachers do not demand that pupils conduct experiments. Parents and pupils must take the decision to conduct experiments / dangerous activities and must therefore accept responsibility for any outcomes. Cambridge Home School does not accept responsibility for experiments or any other dangerous activity conducted at the homes of its pupils or in any other place."
Head of Science: Dr. Beyer
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