5.2 Biology

Monday 18/11/19: Away at a NCCA meeting. Work left. Homework: complete the


Friday 15/11/19: TO DO: DONE:

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: Practical activity to immobilise yeast cells and examine their application. DONE: Students did the above practical and wrote it up in their lab copies. Homework: complete the following multiple choice questions: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfyzzYse3_NUEOCP2SXHXfCkQxaCXfFM3WP93GuXLj5oTjFKA/viewform

Monday 11/11/19: TO DO: PME teacher due to take class and finish chapter 7 with them. DONE: PME teacher took the class and finished Chapter 7: cell diversity with them.


Friday 8/11/19: Students are due to be brought to lab by PME to be shown tissues from various parts of an animal. Dissection may be involved. DONE:

Thursday 7/11/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover chapter 7. DONE; Did the above. Homework: answer chapter questions 1, 2, 3 and 7.

Tuesday 5/11/19: TO DO: Practical activity to investigate the effect of temperature on the rate of action of catalase. DONE; Students conducted the above practical and started writing it up. Homework; complete the write up and answer practical activity question 1-7.

Monday 4/11/19: TO DO: 2nd year PME to take class and cover Chapter 7: cell diversity. DONE: Just the four types of animal tissue and three types of plant tissue were covered.


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


Friday 25/10/19: TO DO: Bring students to computer room as many are due to be absent and students are to do work on their khanacademy accounts. DONE: Did the above. Homework: none given

Thursday 24/10/19: TO DO: Give back test and correct. Correct homework questions. DONE: Gave back test and corrected. Did not get to do homework questions. Homework: none given as many students were absent.

Tuesday 22/10/19: TO DO: Give test on topics covered to date. DONE: Test given. During the second class, the electron microscope and prokaryotic v eukaryotic cells was covered. Homework: chapter questions 14-17 page 91 and sample exam questions 1-4 page 92.

Monday 21/10/19: TO DO: Cover the topic of plant cells and the functions of the various parts. Cover the topic of the light microscope, if time. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: study for test tomorrow.


Friday 18/10/19: TO DO: Bring students to the computer room to do work on their khanacademy.org accounts. DONE:

Thursday 17/10/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and discuss the results of the activity. Students are to draw bar chart of their results. DONE: Did all of the above. Also started chapter 6 with the students and covered the structure and function of all the various parts of an animal cell. Homework: study for test next Tuesday.

Tuesday 15/10/19: TO DO: Practical activity to investigate the effect of pH on the rate of enzyme action. DONE: Students did the practical. Homework: complete the write up and answer practical activity questions 1-7 page 107.

Monday 14/10/19: No class due to talk in the gym.


Friday 11/10/19: TO DO: Bring students to computer room to do work on khanacademy.org. DONE: Students worked on their biology assignments. Some are nearly complete. Homework: study for upcoming end of term test.

Thursday 10/10/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover water and anabolism and catabolism. DONE: Corrected HW questions and covered the topic of water only. Did not get anabolism or catabolism covered. Homework: questions 25-40 multiple choice questions on page 29.

Tuesday 8/10/19: TO DO: Practical activity to demo osmosis. DONE: Students conducted the practical and started the write up. Homework: questions 1-7 (practical activity questions) page 100 and question 18 and 19 page 28.

Monday 7/10/19: TO DO: Cover vitamins and minerals. DONE: Did the above. Homework: questions 20, 21 and 22.


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

Thursday 3/10/19: Due to be away with the 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: Correct homework questions. Cover proteins. DONE: Revision as many students were absent. Did not cover proteins. Homework: study for test next Tuesday.

Thursday 26/9/19: TO DO: Finish covering carbohydrates and start on lipids. DONE: Did the above. Homework: chapter questions 1-17 page 28.

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

Monday 23/9/19: TO DO: Practical assessment of the food tests. DONE: Did the above. Students were randomly assigned food tests to do and they had to conduct them safely and confidently using the chemicals/equipment given to them. Homework: study for upcoming test.


Friday 20/9/19: TO DO: Give test. Continue with carbs and then lipids. DONE: Gave test. Many students absent due to school retreat. Brought remaining students to computer room to do work on biology on khanacademy.org. Homework: study carbs again for a repeat test on Tuesday, next.

Thursday 19/9/19: TO DO: Recap on the practical activities completed recently. Get students to do the practical activity questions. Also, continue with chapter 3: Lipids section. DONE: Covered the practical activity questions. Did not get onto lipids. Went over carbohydrates again. Homework; study the different types of carbs and their sources, chemical formulas etc for short informal test.

Tuesday 17/9/19: TO DO: Practical activities to become familiar with the light microscope and use the light microscope to view plant (onion) cells using the light microscope. DONE: Students did the above practicals and started writing them up. Homework: Complete the write-ups in full and study the food tests for practical assessment next Monday.

Monday 16/9/19: TO DO: Students to revise the actual practicals involved in the food tests for a practical exam next Monday. DONE: Did the above. Homework: study for next week’s practical activity exam.


Friday 13/9/19: TO DO: Give test on elements and continue with chapter 3. DONE: Did the above. Covered the topic of carbohydrates. Homework: questions 1-7 page 27.

Thursday 12/9/19: TO DO: Recap. Start the theory of chapter 3. Cover the elements of food. DONE: Did the above. Homework: learn off the elements for a short test tomorrow.

Tuesday 10/9/19: TO DO: Practical activities to test for protein and lipids. DONE: Students did the above practicals and started writing up. Homework: complete the experimental write-ups and answer practical activity questions on pages 21 and 24.

Monday 9/9/19: TO DO: Cover chapter 2: characteristics of life. DONE: Covered chapter 2: characteristics of life. Homework: questions 1-10 page 13.


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: 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).

Monday 2/9/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the limitations of the scientific method. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete questions 7-13 p8.


Friday 30/8/19: TO DO: Correct homework and cover the topics of theory, principle/law and the principles of experimentation. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: complete the worksheet given out (questions 1-3).

Thursday 29/8/19: TO DO: Recap and start Chapter 1: scientific method. Cover the topics of life , three areas of study in biology and the scientific method. DONE: Completed the above. Homework: question 1-4 page 8.

Tuesday 27/8/19: TO DO: Discuss year plan and health and safety in the labs and start on the scientific method. Students to do experiment to determine which beaker contains 7Up and which beaker contains 7Up free. DONE: Did the above. Homework: read over and familiarise with the lab safety document and write up the experiment conducted today fully. Get the textbook (if not already got) and a lab note book and the relevant exercise copies for the year.