5.1 Biology


Friday 13/3/20: No class due to Covid-19.

Thursday 12/3/20: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the functions of all the various parts of the breathing system. Show crash course video on breathing system. DONE: Covered the functions but did not get to show video. Homework: complete questions 1 and 2 of the chapters questions at the end of chapter 35.

Tuesday 10/3/20: TO DO: Correct homework questions and start chapter 35: the human breathing system. Students will conduct the activity to measure the effect of exercise on breathing rate. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: complete the write up of the activity and answer the one practical activity question.

Monday 9/3/20: TO DO: Cover the remainder of the lymphatic system (adenoids, tonsils, spleen, thymus and the general functions of the lymphatic system) and chapter and show them the crash course biology video on the lymphatic system. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: complete chapter questions 1-8 page 335.


Friday 6/3/20: TO DO: Give back tests from last week and go over the questions. Start lymphatic system. DONE: Covered overall structure and function of the lymphatic system and the various organs. Homework: questions 1-3 at the end of the chapter.

Thursday 5/3/20: TO DO: Recap on circulatory system. Cover the heart sounds. Start lymphatic system. DONE: Only introduced the lymphatic system very briefly. Homework: draw out figure 32.2.

Tuesday 3/3/20: TO DO: Finish off chapter 31 with the effects of diet, exercise and smoking on the human circulatory system and give out revision worksheet. DONE: Did the above. Homework: finish off worksheet questions for Thursday.

Monday 2/3/20: TO DO: Dissection of heart. DONE: Completed heart dissection. Homework: write up practical.


Friday 28/2/20: TO DO: Test to be given. DONE: Test given.

Thursday 27/2/20: TO DO: Cover the cardiac cycle, pulse and blood pressure. DONE: Did the above. Homework: study for test on Friday.

Tuesday 25/2/20: TO DO: Give test on structure of heart and cover all of the functions of the parts of the heart. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: study for upcoming test on Friday.

Monday 24/2/20: TO DO: Cover structure of heart. Second class to be taken by another teacher. DONE: Did the above. Homework: learn off parts of the heart for short test tomorrow. Second class taken by another teacher – covered the first three kingdoms of life.


Monday 17/2/20 – Friday 21/2/20: Midterm break.


Friday 14/2/20: TO DO: Cell explorers survey to be done. Cover the different types of veins that all drain into the vena cavae. DONE:

Thursday 13/2/20: TO DO: Continue with chapter 31. Cover the systemic circuit and the pulmonary circuit. Cover the structure and function of the heart. DONE: Covered systemic and pulmonary circuits and all of the arterial branches of the aorta. Homework:

Tuesday 11/2/20: TO DO: Continue with chapter 31. Cover open v closed ciruclatory systems and examples, the three types of blood vessels in the human – artery, vein, capillary. DONE:

Monday 10/2/20: TO DO: Complete the chapter on blood by covering white blood cells and platelets. Start Chapter 31: The human circulatory system. Students to do practical activity to investigate the effect of exercise on pulse rate. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete questions 7-13 on page 314 and complete the experimental write-up.


Friday 7/2/20: Due to be away. Work to be left for students to complete.

Thursday 6/2/20: Due to be away. Work to be left for students to complete.

Tuesday 4/2/20: TO DO: Cover the topics of inheritance of blood groups, donating blood and the rhesus factor. DONE: Did the above. Homework: questions 1-6 page 314.

Monday 3/2/20: TO DO: Practical activity to compare liver and celery in terms of catalase activity. DONE: Did the above. Homework: study.


Friday 31/1/20: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the topic of blood, components and the detailed study of red blood cells. DONE: Did the above. Homework: questions 1-6 at the end of the chapter.

Thursday 30/1/20: TO DO: Give back tests and discuss the answers. Finish off the chapter on homeostasis. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: complete questions 1-7 page 306.

Tuesday 28/1/20: Due to be away working with the SEC. Work left for students to complete.

Monday 27/1/20: Due to be away at Schools Cross Country. Test left for students to complete.


Friday 24/1/20: TO DO: Correct homework questions and finish chapter 29 on homeostasis. Revision. DONE:

Thursday 23/1/20: TO DO: Correct homework questions. Cover three topic of homeostasis. DONE: Covered the first part of the chapter on homeostasis, up to controlling temperature in living organisms. Yet to do pH and others. Homework: questions 1-5 at the end of chapter 29.

Tuesday 21/1/20: TO DO: Cover the topics of large intestine (caecum, appendix and colon), the rectum and a balanced diet. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: complete all remaining chapter questions up to and including question 23 at the end of the chapter page 348.

Monday 20/1/20: TO DO: Cover the small intestine and the strcuture and function of the villus. DONE: Covered the above topics. Homework: complete up to question at the end of the chapter.


Friday 17/1/20: TO DO: Cover the topic of bile and bile duct and duodenum and small intestine structure and function. DONE: Only covered bile and bile duct and anatomy of the liver, hepatic portal vein and ileum in relation to each other. Homework: complete up to and including question 8 on the worksheet given out.

Thursday 16/1/20: TO DO: Cover the topic of the liver and discuss structure, location and functions. Then students will be attending the Bish Careers Fair from 9am. DONE: Did the above. Homework: study.

Tuesday 14/1/20: TO DO: Correct homework questions and continue with human digestive system. Cover the topic of stomach. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete question 10 at the end of the chapter page 347.

Monday 13/1/20: TO DO: Continue with the digestive system. Show crash course video on the digestive system and cover the mouth, oesophagus and stomach in more detail. DONE: Only covered the mouth and associated organs and the oesophagus and peristalsis. Did not cover stomach. Homework: questions 1-9 at the end of the chapter page 347.


Friday 10/1/20: TO DO: Give test on anatomy of digestive system. Continue with the human digestive system. Cover the structure and functions of the various parts of the human digestive system. DONE: Did the above. Homework: study.

Thursday 9/1/20: TO DO: Start Chapter 33: human digestive system. Cover nutrition and the stages of nutrition. DONE: Homework: study the structure of the human digestive system for short test.

Tuesday 7/1/20: TO DO: Cover batch and continuous flow processing. Start Chapter 33: human digestive system if time. DONE: Did all of the above. Covered nutrition definition and the various types of animal nutrition. Homework: complete the given worksheet.

Monday 6/1/20: TO DO: Practical activity to demonstrate the action of human salivary amylase. DONE: Students conducted the above practical and wrote it up. Homework: complete the worksheet given out at the end of class.


Friday 20/12/9: No class due to 5th year students being given the day off.

Thursday 19/12/19: TO DO: Give back tests and go over them. Cover batch v continuous flow culture again as part of respiration. DONE: Many students absent. Gave test to some students who missed Tuesday’s test. Others did work on their khanacademy.org accounts or work on goconqr creating their own biology quizzes. Homework: study!

Tuesday 17/12/19: TO DO: Test to be given. DONE: Test given.

Monday 16/12/19: TO DO: Practical activity to test for alcohol. DONE: Students did the practical and finished writing it up. Also covered the biochemistry of respiration. Homework: study for tomorrow’s test.


Friday 13/12/19: TO DO: Cover the electron transport chain. DONE: Did the above. Homework: study.

Thursday 12/12/19: TO DO: Cover Krebs cycle. DONE: Did the above. Homework: study.

Tuesday 10/12/19: TO DO: Continue with respiration. Cover the structure and function of the mitochondrion and glycolysis. Did all of the above. Homework: study for end of term test next week.

Monday 9/12/19: TO DO: Practical activity to set up apparatus to make ethanol using yeast. DONE: Did the above. Homework: write up practical activity.


Friday 6/12/19: TO DO: Show remainder of crash course biomolecules video and discuss. Start Chapter 12: Respiration. DONE: Did the above. Homework: draw figure 12.1 of the mitochondrion and learn off the balanced chemical equation for aerobic respiration as well as the word equation for anaerobic respiration.

Thursday 5/12/19: TO DO: Cover optimum activity and denaturation and bioprocessing. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: study and complete the questions at the end of chapter 9.

Tuesday 3/12/19: TO DO: Give back tests and go over it. Many students due to be absent. DONE: Did the above and showed a crash course video for the final 10 minutes. Homework: study for Christmas test coming up in just over 2 weeks.

Monday 2/12/19: TO DO: Practical activity to denature an enzyme and test its activity. DONE: Did the above. Five students also did the test during the second period. Homework: complete the write-up and answer practical activity questions 1-7 page 110.


Friday 29/11/19: TO DO: Test on chapters 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9. DONE: Test given

Thursday 28/11/19: TO DO: Practical activity to demonstrate osmosis using potato cubes. DONE: Students did the above practical. Homework: study for test tomorrow.

Tuesday 26/11/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the factors that affect enzyme function. DONE: Did the above. Homework: study for upcoming end of month test.

Monday 25/11/19: No school – day off.


Friday 22/11/19: TO DO: Continue with chapter 9. Cover enzyme active site theory. DONE: Did the above. Homework: study for upcoming test next week.

Thursday 21/11/19: No school due to JCT cluster day.

Tuesday 19/11/19: TO DO: Start the theory of enzymes. DONE: Did the above. Homework: write catabolic or anabolic beside each of the named enzymes taken down during class.

Monday 18/11/19: Away at an NCCA meeting. Work left.


Friday 15/11/19: TO DO: Correct homework and cover the topics of turgor and plasmolysis. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete the chapter questions at the end of the chapter.

Thursday 14/11/19: TO DO: Correct the homework questions from the quiz and discuss. Cover the topics of osmosis, diffusion, selective permeability, crenation, and applications of osmosis. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: question 1-5 page 101.

Tuesday 12/11/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions. Bring students to computer room to do work on their khanacademy.org DONE: Did the above. Homework: answer online questions for chapter 7: cell diversity. HERE THE LINK: https://forms.gle/7bJMPB1399BtCoCj6

Monday 11/11/19: TO DO: Practical activity to investigate the action of free yeast. DONE: Students did the above practical and wrote it up. Homework: answer the following questions from the following quiz and input your bish email address. https://www.goconqr.com/en-US/p/20140562-Enzyme-practical-activity-quiz-quizzes


Friday 8/11/19: TO DO: Complete chapter 7: cell diversity. Cover organ, organ system and tissue culture. DONE: Did all of the above and started osmosis. Homework: learn off the osmosis definition for Monday.

Thursday 7/11/19: TO DO: Students to finish off the practical from Monday by investigating the application of an immobilised enzyme. DONE: Students completed the activity. Homework: complete the practical activity questions 1-7.

Tuesday 5/11/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover chapter 7: cell diversity. DONE: Covered the four animal and three plant tissues. Homework: answer questions on the given worksheet.

Monday 4/11/19: TO DO: Practical activity to immobilise an enzyme and test its application. DONE: Students conducted activity. Did not get it finished. Beads/product stored in fridge overnight for further work tomorrow. Homework: write up activity up until the current point.


Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November: Midterm break


Friday 25/10/19: TO DO: Correct homework and start Chapter 7: cell diversity. DONE: Very few students present. We did kahoot biology.

Thursday 24/10/19: TO DO: Give test to students who were absent. Cover prokaryotic v eukaryotic cells. DONE: Did not give test to students who were absent on Tuesday as there were still many absent today. Covered electron microscope and prokaryotic v eukaryotic cells. Homework: complete chapter questions 14 -17 on page 91 and the sample exam questions 1 – 4 on page 92.

Tuesday 22/10/19: TO DO: Students to do end of term test. DONE: Test given.

Monday 21/10/19: TO DO: Practical activity to investigate the effect of temperature on the rate of action of catalase. DONE: Students did the practical and started writing it up. Homework: complete the write up and practical activity question on page 107 for Thursday. Also study for the test tomorrow.


Friday 18/10/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the topics of SEM, TEM and eukaryotic v prokaryotic. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete the chapter questions at the end of chapter 6 and study for upcoming test next Tuesday.

Thursday 17/10/19: TO DO: Give test on animal cell and plant cell. Cover the topic of microscopes. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete up to and including question 13 for tomorrow and study for upcoming test next Tuesday.

Tuesday 15/10/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and discuss practical. Continue on with Chapter 6: the cell. DONE: Correct homework questions and discussed results and conclusion of the practical activity. Students also drew bar chart of their results. Did not get to continue with chapter 6. Homework: study the diagram of the animal and plant cell, the various parts and the functions of all the various parts for a short, low-stakes test on Thursday.

Monday 14/10/19: TO DO: Practical activity to investigate the effect of pH on the rate of enzyme action. DONE: Students conducted the above-mentioned practical and started writing it up. Homework: complete the write up, if not already done and answer practical activity questions 1-7 on page 107.


Friday 11/10/19: TO DO: Start Chapter 6: the cell. DONE: Covered the structure and function of all the various parts of an animal cell and a plant cell. Homework: questions 2 and 4-11 at the end of chapter 6.

Thursday 10/10/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the topics of water and anabolism and catabolism. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete chapter questions up to and including question 40 page 29.

Tuesday 8/10/19: TO DO: Cover the topics of vitamins and minerals. DONE: Did the above. Homework: chapter questions 20, 21 and 22.

Monday 7/10/19: TO DO: Practical activity: to demonstrate osmosis. DONE: Students conducted the above practical and started writing it up. Homework: complete write up if not done and answer practical activity questions 1-7 page 100.


Friday 4/10/19: TO DO: Give the test to six students who didn’t do the test earlier this week. Others to study. DONE: Did the above. Homework: none given as Junior cert results are out today.

Thursday 3/10/19: Due to be away with Athletics team. Work left.

Tuesday 1/10/19: TO DO: Test on topics covered to date. DONE: Test given.

Monday 30/9/19: No school due to day off.


Friday 27/9/19: TO DO: Cover the topic of protein. DONE: Did the above. Homework: answer chapter questions 18 and 19 and study for test next Tuesday.

Thursday 26/9/19: TO DO: Cover lipids. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete questions 16 and 17 and study for upcoming test.

Tuesday 24/9/19: No school due to teacher inservice day.

Monday 23/9/19: TO DO: Practical activity to view animal (human cheek) cells using the light microscope. DONE: Students conducted the above mentioned practical. Homework: complete the write-up if not already done and answer practical activity questions 1-6 on page 89.


Friday 20/9/19: TO DO: Correct homework practical activity questions 1-7 page 90. Continue with the topic of carbohydrates. DONE: Completed the topic of carbohydrates and students started chapter questions. Homework: complete chapter questions 1-15.

Thursday 19/9/19: TO DO: Practical activity: to view plants cells further. DONE: Students did the above and emailed photos – see attached. Homework: practical activity questions 1-7 page 90.

Tuesday 17/9/19: TO DO: Recap on experiments done recently. Get students to do the practical activity questions. Continue with chapter 3: carbohydrates section. DONE: Discussed practical activities. Gave short informal test on the elements present in food. Started carbohydrates. Homework: learn off the elements present in food as well as the three types of carbs.

Monday 16/9/19: TO DO: Practical activities to become familiar with the light microscope and to prepare plant cells and view them using the light microscope. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete the write-ups up until the end of the method.


Friday 13/9/19: TO DO: Recap and correct the homework questions. Start Chapter 3: nutrition. DONE: Did the above. Covered the beginning of chapter 3: nutrition and the elements present in food. Homework: study for a short test on Monday.

Thursday 12/9/19: TO DO: Recap and correct homework questions. DONE: Did the above. Homework: answer questions 6-10 page 13.

Tuesday 10/9/19: TO DO: Recap. Correct homework questions. Start the characteristics of life. DONE: Did the above. Only got the first characteristic of life done. Homework: complete questions 1-5 page 13.

Monday 9/9/19: TO DO: Practical activities to test for protein and lipids. DONE: Students completed both practical activities and had started writing them up. Homework: complete practical activity questions 1-7 on p21 and practical activity questions 1-6 on p24.


Friday 6/9/19: Away working with the SEC.

Thursday 5/9/19: Due to be away working with the SEC. Worksheets left.

Tuesday 3/9/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and check on write-ups. Cover the limitations of the scientific method. DONE: Did the above. Covered the limitations of the scientific method. Homework: complete sample exam questions 1 and 2 page 9.

Monday 2/9/19: TO DO: Practical activities to test for reducing sugar and starch. DONE: Students conducted the above practicals and wrote them up. Homework: complete the write-ups if not already done and complete the practical activity questions for both experiments (pages 17 and 19)


Friday 30/8/19: TO DO: Correct homework and cover theory, principle/law and the principles of experimentation. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: complete questions 1-3 on the worksheet and complete questions 5-13 on page 8 of the textbook.

Thursday 29/8/19: TO DO: Practical activity to determine which beaker contains 7Up and which beaker contains 7Up free. Also, students are to receive the lab safety booklet. DONE: Students completed the above practical and started writing up the activity. Homework: complete the write up and get the book and lab notebook, if not already gotten.

Tuesday 27/8/19: TO DO: Discuss year plan and start Chapter 1: scientific method. DONE: Did the above. Covered the definition of life, three areas of study in biology and the outline of the scientific method. Homework: complete questions 1-4 on page 8 of the textbook. If you don’t have the textbook, get it asap. Also, get an A4 lab nature study copy and the other relevant exercise copies for classwork.