5th Yr Biology


Monday 27/5/19 – Friday 31/5/19: 5th years have the week off.


Monday 20/5/19 – Thursday 23/5/19: 5th Year in-house exams. (Biology exam is on Thursday 23/5/19 (1.30pm – 3.30pm)


Friday 17/5/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions. Cover the topics of nervous system disorder, spinal cord, and spinal cord reflex. DONE: Covered smell, taste and touch. Revised nephron and cardiac cycle. Homework: study.

Thursday 16/5/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the sense of smell, taste and touch and the structure and function of all the various parts of the human brain. DONE: Only got the biology of the human ear finished today. Homework: questions 8 and 9 of the chapter questions, page 406.

Wednesday 15/5/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the topics of eye disorders and the human ear along with ear disorders. DONE: Did the above topics except for ear disorders. Homework: questions 6 and 7 page 405.

Monday 13/5/19: TO DO: Correct homework. Cover the structure and function of the eye. Students to do activities to determine their blind spots and near points. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete questions 4 and 5 on the given worksheet.


Friday 10/5/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and continue with chapter 39. Cover the functions of the various parts of a neuron and cover the transmission of an impulse and synapse. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: complete question 3 (c) and (d) and question 4 and 5 page 405.

Thursday 9/5/19: TO DO: Correct homework and start the nervous system. DONE: Did the above. Covered the central nervous system versus the peripheral nervous system. Covered the structure and function of sensory, interneurons and motor neurons. Homework: complete questions 1, 2, 3(a) and (b) page 405.

Wednesday 8/5/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions. Cover the topic of negative feedback. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete chapter question 12 and sample exam questions 1 and 2.

Monday 6/5/19: NO school – bank holiday.


Friday 3/5/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the topic of deficiency and excess symptoms/disorders of various glands. Cover hormone supplements if time. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: complete chapter questions 1-11 for next Wednesday.

Thursday 2/5/19: TO DO: Give test on endocrine system and cover definitions. DONE: Did the above. Also, gave out worksheet. Homework: Complete questions 1, 2 and 4 on the worksheet.

Wednesday 1/5/19: TO DO: Give short test on locations of the glands in the human body. Start theory of the topic and cover the hormones of each gland. DONE: Did the above. Covered the hormones of each endocrine gland and their respective functions. Homework: learn off diagram again and one hormone secreted by each.

Monday 29/4/19: TO DO: Give back tests and correct. Discuss the remainder of the year – 3 weeks of teaching left. Start Chapter 34: human endocrine system. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: learn off the locations of all 10 endocrine glands in the human body.


Monday 15/4/19 – Friday 26/4/19: EASTER HOLIDAYS


Friday 12/4/19: TO DO: Test. DONE: Test given.

Thursday 11/4/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and continue with immune system. Cover T cells. DONE: Did the above. Homework: study for tomorrow’s test.

Wednesday 10/4/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and continue with immune system. DONE: Covered detailed study of the immune system and B cells functions. Homework: complete question 19 (a) & (e) – (g).

Monday 8/4/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions. Continue with the human defence system. Cover the specific defence system – including the human immune system. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete 3(a), (b) and (c) as well as 5-15 page 359.


Friday 5/4/19: TO DO: Start Chapter 34: human defence system. Cover the topic of the general immune system. DONE: Did the above. Homework: questions 1, 2, 3 (a) and (b) and question 4 page 359.

Thursday 4/4/19: TO DO: Correct test. Start Chapter 34: human defence system. DONE: Corrected test. Did not get to start Chapter 34. Homework: study for upcoming end of term test.

Wednesday 3/4/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions. Finish off homeostasis chapter – cover pH, glucose, salt and calcium levels regulation. Start on Chapter 34: human defence system. DONE: Finished homeostasis. But did not get to start Chapter 34. Homework: questions 11 and 12 page 306 and sample exam questions 1 and 2 page 307.

Monday 1/4/19: TO DO: Test. During second class start chapter 29: homeostasis. DONE: Did the above. Homework: questions 1-5 page 306.


Friday 29/3/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the remainder of the lymphatic system topic. DONE: Did the above. Homework: study for test on Monday.

Thursday 28/3/19: TO DO: Give worksheets on the human circulatory system. Check and correct homework. Start Chapter 32: the human lymphatic system. DONE: Did the above. Covered the general structure and list of organs in the lymphatic system. Homework: questions 1 – 3 page 335.

Wednesday 27/3/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the remainder of the chapter – blood pressure and the effects of smoking, diet and exercise on the circulatory system. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: complete questions 11, 12 and 13 page 329 and sample examination question 2 page 330. Also, study for upcoming exam, next Monday 1st April.

Monday 25/3/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the cardiac cycle, pulse and blood pressure. Show crash course video part 1. DONE: Did the above, except for blood pressure. Homework: Finish Questions 9 and 10 page 329 and study the cardiac cycle for a short test on Wednesday.


Friday 22/3/19: TO DO: Cover the topic of portal systems and the functions of the parts of the heart. DONE: Did the above. Homework: questions 7 and 8 page 329.

Thursday 21/3/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover functions of systemic arteries and veins. Cover portal system. DONE: Didn’t cover portal system. Homework: worksheet given. Complete question 9 and 15 (a).

Wednesday 20/3/19: TO DO: Cover open v closed circulatory systems, structure of arteries, veins and capillaries. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete questions 1 of the sample exam questions at the end of chapter 31.

Monday 18/3/19: No school – bank holiday


Friday 15/3/19: No class due to scheduled day off school.

Thursday 14/3/19: TO DO: Test on anatomy of the heart. DONE: Gave short test and gave worksheet. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete worksheet for next Wednesday.

Wednesday 13/3/19: TO DO: Start Chapter 31: the human circulatory system. DONE: Did the above. Covered the structure of the heart. Homework: study structure of the heart for short informal test tomorrow.

Monday 11/3/19: TO DO: Dissection of a lamb’s heart. DONE:Did the above. Homework: complete experimental write-up and answer practical activity questions 1-7 on page 327.


Friday 8/3/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the Rhesus factor blood grouping system as well as rhesus incompatibility and DVT. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete the sample exam questions page 314 and sketch the structure of the human heart on page 321.

Thursday 7/3/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover white blood cells in more detail. Mention all the various types. DONE: Did the above. Homework: questions 7, 8 and 9.

Wednesday 6/3/19: TO DO: Give back test and go over. Recap on weak areas. DONE: Did the above. Homework: study.

Monday 4/3/19: TO DO: Start on the topic of blood. Cover the components, functions and structure of a red blood cell, white blood cells and platelets and genetics of the ABo blood group. DONE: Didn’t quite get WBCs and platelets covered. Homework: questions 1-6 and 10 and 12 page 314.


Friday 1/3/19: TO DO: Give test to those students who were absent yesterday. Cover secretion, kidney failure, dialysis and osmoregulation with the others. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: Complete worksheet given out.

Thursday 28/2/19: TO DO: Give test. DONE: Test given

Wednesday 27/2/19: TO DO: Continue with reabsorption section of the urinary system and cover dialysis if time. DONE: Covered the reabsorption section of urine formation. Did not get secretion or dialysis covered. Homework: study for test tomorrow.

Monday 25/2/19: TO DO: Practical activity to investigate the effect of exercise on pulse rate. DONE: Did the above. Students used rowing machines in the weights room. Students also wrote up practical in their lab note books. Homework: complete write-up if not finished, answer practical activity questions on page 328 and study for upcoming test on Thursday.


Friday 15/2/19: TO DO: Continue on with the urinary system. Cover the function of the various parts of the nephron. DONE: Covered filtration and reabsorption in the PCT. Homework: study for upcoming test.

Thursday 14/2/19: TO DO: Cover inhalation, exhalation, control of human breathing rate and breathing disorders. DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete all remaining questions at the end of the chapter including the sample examination questions.

Wednesday 13/2/19: TO DO: Continue with human breathing system – cover structure of alveolus and gas exchange. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: questions 6, 7 and 8 page.

Monday 11/2/19: TO DO: Continue with human breathing system. Cover the structure and function of the human breathing system. DONE: Did the above. Homework: answer questions 1-5 page


Wednesday 6/2/19 – Friday 8/2/19: Absent.

Monday 4/2/19: TO DO: Practical activity to investigate the effect of exercise on the rate of breathing. DONE: Students completed the activity and wrote it up. Homework: answer the practical activity question.


Friday 1/2/19: TO DO: Give back test and discuss correct answers. Continue with urinary system Discuss urine formation. DONE: Didn’t get tests marked in time. Covered urine formation and the structure and function of the nephron and its parts. Homework: questions 1-6 p280.

Thursday 31/1/19: TO DO: Test. DONE: Test given.

Wednesday 30/1/19: TO DO: Continue with the urinary system. DONE: Cover the internal structure of the kidney and functions. DONE: Did the internal structure of kidney. Covered the general functions. Did not get filtration and reabsorption covered. Homework: study for end of January test tomorrow.

Monday 28/1/19: TO DO: Practical activity: to dissect and display a sheep’s kidney. DONE: Students completed the above practical. Homework: study for test on Thursday.


Friday 25/1/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and start Chapter 37: The human urinary system. DONE: Corrected homework questions and introduced the urinary system Covered the structure and general functions of the urinary system. Homework: studying for the end of January test next Thursday.

Thursday 24/1/19: TO DO: Correct homework questions and continue with the human skin – structure and function. DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: complete questions 1-12 page 372

Wednesday 23/1/19: TO DO: Cover the topics of rectum and balanced diet. Start Chapter 36: Human skin, if time. DONE: Did the above. Covered the basic functions and structure of human skin. Homework: complete questions at the end of chapter 33.

Monday 21/1/19: TO DO: Cover the topics of small intestine, marge intestine, rectum, and balanced diet. DONE: Covered small intestine and large intestine. Homework: complete up to questions 17 and answer questions given on worksheet.


Friday 18/1/19:
TO DO: Cover topics of duodenum, pancreas and liver.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: study for upcoming test.

Thursday 17/1/19:
TO DO: Cover oesophagus and stomach.
DONE: Covered the oesophagus and the stomach and functions etc. Homework: study for upcoming test.

Wednesday 16/1/19:
TO DO: Correct homework questions and continue with the digestive system.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete questions up to and including 9 at the end of the chapter.

Monday 14/1/19:
TO DO: Give short test on the structure of the human digestive system. Cover the structure of the human digestive system again and start on the functions of the various organs.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete the other side of the given worksheet.


Monday 7/1/19 – Friday 11/1/19: Due to be away – work left for students.


Friday 21/12/18: No class.

Thursday 20/12/18:
TO DO: Test to be given.
DONE: Test given.

Wednesday 19/12/18:
TO DO: Cover the topics of bioreactor, batch culture and continuous flow culture.
DONE: Did the above. Students also studied for tomorrow’s test. Homework: study for test tomorrow.

Monday 17/12/18:
TO DO: Students to do practical to see effect of amylase on starch under various conditions.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: study for test on Thursday.


Friday 14/12/18:
TO DO: Correct homework. Complete the notes on bioprocessing and enzyme immobilisation. Start bioreactor/batch/continuous flow if time.
DONE: Corrected homework questions and gave extra questions on a worksheet. Completed the section on enzyme immobilisation. Did not start bioreactor/batch/CF processing. Homework: study for upcoming test next Thursday.

Thursday 13/12/18:
TO DO: Correct homework questions as well as checking on experimental write-ups from Monday’s practical activity. Complete cell immobilisation as well as batch v continuous flow bioprocessing.
DONE: Recapped on experiment and corrected homework questions. Discussed an experiment to do next Monday. Did not get batch v continuous flow covered. Homework: complete the long questions  from the given worksheet.

Wednesday 12/12/18:
TO DO: Recap on cell immobilisation experiment from Monday. Cover bioprocessing and immobilisation.
DONE: Did the above. Covered bioprocessing and cell/enzyme immobilisation techniques. Homework: complete the short answer questions from the given worksheet.

Monday 10/12/18:
TO DO: Students to do practical activity to immobilise yeast and test its application.
DONE: Students did the above practical. Homework: complete the write up and answer practical activity questions 1-5 page 115.

Friday 7/12/18:
TO DO: Give test.
DONE: Test given.

Thursday 6/12/18:
TO DO: Many student due to be absent. Students to practice their enzyme immobilisation techniques – prepare yeast-alginate mixture.
DONE: Students did the above practical acvtivity. Homework: study for tomorrow’s test.

Wednesday 5/12/18:
TO DO: Recap on the factors that affect the rate of enzyme action. Students to do practical activity questions.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: study for upcoming test on Friday.

Monday 3/12/18:
TO DO: Practical activity to investigate the effect of changes in temperature on the rate of enzyme (catalase) action.
DONE: Students completed the above practical activity and started writing it up. Homework: complete the experimental write-up if not completed in class and answer the practical activity questions page 109. And study for class test this Wednesday.


Friday 30/11/18: Due to be away at inservice. Work left.

Thursday 29/11/18: No class due to teacher inservice day.

Wednesday 28/11/18:
TO DO: Take up lab copies and cover the topic of factors affecting enzyme action.
DONE: Did the above. Covered pH and temperature as factors that affect the rate of enzyme action and their respective graphs. Homework: questions at the end of the chapter.

Monday 26/11/18:
TO DO: Practical activity: to demonstrate osmosis using Visking tubing. Also, try to get the heat denaturation of enzymes activity completed.
DONE: Students got both actvities completed. Homework: complete the experimental write-ups in their lab copies.


Friday 23/11/18:
TO DO: Cover the topic of active site theory of enzyme action.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: questions 1-8 page 115.

Thursday 22/11/18:
TO DO: Correct homework and cover active site theory.
DONE: Did not cover active site theory. Did revision. Homework: complete given worksheet.

Wednesday 21/11/18:
TO DO: Continue with introduction to enzymes. Cover general structure and function as well as examples.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: list of 12 enzymes given and students had to find substrate and product of each by looking in the index of the textbook.

Monday 19/11/18:
TO DO: Introduce enzymes and students to do practical activity to investigate the effect of pH on the rate of enzyme activity.
DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: students to complete the write up of the experiment and answer practical activity questions 1-7 p107.


Friday 16/11/18:
TO DO: Continue with Chapter 8: Movement Through Cell Membranes.
DONE: Did the above. Completed all the topics remaining in the chapter. Homework: complete the chapter questions at the end of chapter 8.

Thursday 15/11/18:
TO DO: Continue with cell diveristy. Start Chapter 8: movement through cell membranes if time.
DONE: Did the above Homework: study.

Wednesday 14/11/18:
TO DO: Start cell diversity. Go over the animal and plant tissues.
DONE: Covered the animal tissues – epithelial and muscular only. Homework: questions 1, 2, 4 and 6 at the end of the chapter.

Monday 12/11/18: Due to be away at an NCCA meeting. Work left for students.


Friday 9/11/18:
TO DO: Correct homework questions and start Chapter 7 cell diversity, if time.
DONE: Corrected homework questions. Went over the microscope and did some necessary revision. Did not get to start chapter 7.

Thursday 8/11/18:
TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the topic of the microscope, the TEM and SEM and prokaryotic v eukaryotic cells.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete worksheet given out.

Wednesday 7/11/18:
TO DO: Correct homework questions and discuss. Give back test and correct with students. Continue with the microscope if time.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete worksheet given out.

Monday 5/11/18:
TO DO: Practical activity: to demonstrate osmosis.
DONE: Students completed the above practical and wrote it up. Homework: complete practical activity questions page 100.


Friday 26/10/18:
TO DO: Test.
DONE: Test given.

Thursday 25/10/18:
TO DO: Revision of practical activities of viewing animal cells and plant cells.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: study for test tomorrow.

Wednesday 24/10/18:
TO DO: Correct homework questions – practical activity questions page 89. Cover topic of microscope.
DONE: Corrected homework. students revised. Did not cover microscope due to large number of students absent. Homework: complete sample exam questions 1-4 page 90.

Monday 22/10/18:
TO DO: Practical activity to use the light microscope to view stained and unstained animals cells.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: practical activity questions 1 – 6 page 89 and finish the write-up if not already completed.


Friday 19/10/18:
TO DO: Continue with cell ultrastructure and various functions.
DONE: Did the above. Covered the topics of cell wall, vacuole, and drawing and labelling of animal cell and plant cell. Homework: complete chapter question up to and including question 13 page 90.

Thursday 18/10/18:
TO DO: Practical activity to view stained and unstained plant cells using the light microscope.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: practical activity questions page 90.

​Wednesday 17/10/18:
TO DO: Start Chapter 6: the cell. Show crash course video on the cell.
DONE: Started chapter 6. Didn’t get to show the video. Homework: study for next week’s test.

Monday 15/10/18: Away at Junior Cycle Maths inservice


Friday 12/10/18:
TO DO: Correct homework questions and start Chapter 6: the cell.
DONE: Corrected homework questions but did not start Chapter 6 due to a large number of students absent. Students completed questions 4 and 5 of the sample exam questions in class. Homework: study for upcoming end of term test.

Thursday 11/10/18:
TO DO: Recap on minerals. Cover the topic of water as a constituent of food and its importance. Cover anabolic and catabolic reactions if time.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: questions 1, 2, 3 of the sample examination questions on page 30.

Wednesday 10/10/18: No school due to whole-school well-being inservice for teachers

Monday 8/10/18:
TO DO: Practical activity to test for various concentrations of reducing sugar as well as sucrose.
DONE: Did the above. No homework set as the final 20 minutes of class today were scheduled D.E.A.R (drop everything and read) as part of promotion of well-being.


​Friday 5/10/18:
TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the topic of minerals.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete question 22 page 28.

Thursday 4/10/18:
TO DO: Correct homework questions and worksheet questions. Cover the topic of vitamins.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: questions 20 and 21 page 28.

Wednesday 3/10/18:
TO DO: Give back test and correct. Cover proteins, structure and function.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete questions 18 and 19 page 28 of the textbook and the worksheets given out.

Monday 1/10/18: No class due to day off.


​Friday 28/9/18:
TO DO: Test
DONE: Test given

Thursday 27/9/18:
TO DO: Revision.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: study for test.

Wednesday 26/9/18:
TO DO: Cover the topic of structure and function of lipids.
DONE: Corrected homework questions and covered lipids. Homework: study for upcoming test.

Monday 24/9/18:
TO DO: Practical activity to test sugar and brown sugar with Benedict’s. Show crash course biology video on nutrition.
DONE: Students did the Benedict’s test for brown sugar. Didn’t get the sugar one done. Showed video. Recapped on structure and function of carbs. Homework: study for test on Friday.


Friday 21/9/18:
TO DO: Correct homework questions and continue with chapter 3: nutrition. Cover biomolecules and carbohydrates – structure and function.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: learn off the six common elements present in food, 5 elements present as dissolved salts and the three trace elements for Monday and answer questions 1-11 pages 27-8.

Thursday 20/9/18:
TO DO: Correct homework questions. Start Chapter 3: nutrition. Cover function of food and chemical elements present in food.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: learn off the six elements present in food, the 5 elements present as dissolved salts and 3 trace elements present in food.

Wednesday 19/9/18:
TO DO: Correct homework practical activity questions and continue with the characteristics of life.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete questions 1-10 page 13.

Tuesday 18/9/18: No school due to teacher CPD.

Monday 17/9/18:
TO DO: Practical activities: to test for reducing sugar; test for starch and test for protein.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete the write-ups (if not completed in class) and answer practical activity questions on pages 19 and 24.


Friday 14/9/18: No class due to 5th years having the day off.

Thursday 13/9/18:
TO DO: Anticipating many fifth years to be absent – revision worksheets to be completed in class.
DONE: Gave four separate revision worksheets on the scientific method. Homework: complete the fourth worksheet for next Monday.

Wednesday 12/9/18:
TO DO: Correct homework questions – practical activity questions. Finish off correcting questions from Chapter 1: the scientific method. Start on Chapter 2: the characteristics of life, if time.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: questions 1-5 page 13.

Monday 10/9/18:
TO DO: Practical activities to test for reducing sugars and test for lipids.
DONE: Completed the above activities and wrote them up. Homework: answer all practical activity questions on pages 17 and 21.


​Friday 7/9/18: No class. 5th years due to attend a talk in the hall.

Thursday 6/9/18:
TO DO: Correct homework questions and finish limitations of the scientific method.
DONE: Did the above. Homework: complete all questions 7-13 on page 8.

Wednesday 5/9/18:
TO DO: Correct homework questions from practical activity conducted on Monday. Cover the limitations of the scientific method.
DONE: Corrected homework questions. Covered the first three limitations of the scientific method. Homework: questions 1 and 2 sample exam questions page 9.

Monday 3/9/18:
TO DO: Practical activity: to investigate the presence or absence on a cleaned versus unclean lab bench.
DONE: Students set up the above practical using agar dishes. Homework: answer 6 questions written on the board.


​Friday 31/8/18:
TO DO: Correct homework questions and cover the principles of experimentation and the limitations of the scientific method if time.
DONE: Covered the principles of experimentation. Did not cover limitations. Homework: complete question 6 page 8.

Thursday 30/8/18:
TO DO: Recap on the scientific method. Complete the topics of analysis, reporting and publishing and theory and principle.
DONE: Did all of the above. Homework: do questions 1-5 page 8.

Wednesday 29/8/18:
TO DO: Introduction to Biology, scheme of work, year plan, classwork/homework/exams schedule, practical work protocols and health & safety in the labs.
Start on Chapter 1: The scientific method – describe life and the various areas of study in biology.
DONE: Covered all topics above and covered scientific method sequence of steps. Homework: copy out figure 1.1 page 3.