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Biology: Inheritance


Students will look at what makes us individuals and find out about the scientists involved in the identification of DNA. They will learn about adaptations, variation, natural selection and extinction. Students will then look at the importance of biodiversity and gene banks.

The main SMSC/Personal Development content of this topic includes: PD13 – Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, PD19 – Understanding the consequences of their behaviour and actions, PD25 – appreciating cultural differences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others and PD27 – Recognise things that we share in common with other cultures.

The main UN Rights of a Child covered are No.13 – Sharing thoughts freely and No.29 – Aims of Education.

Example Key Words


The variety of life in the world or in a particular ecosystem.


When no living individuals of a species remain.

Natural Selection

The process by which species evolve.


A short section of DNA.


A long molecule of DNA found in the nucleus, which carries genes.

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