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Biology Week in Schools

Biology Week is a great opportunity to encourage enthusiasm for biology in and around the curriculum. Please let us know what you get up to in Biology Week 2015 (with pictures if possible) via email, Facebook or Twitter using #BiologyWeek.

Activity resources for celebrating Biology Week in schools


Quizzes Test your science knowledge (secondary)
Insect Poll Run your own poll & see which insect comes top (all ages)
Activity kits 21st Century BioChallenges activity kits (secondary)
BioArtAttack Get creative with art and science (all ages)
Physiology Friday Enter an edible #biobake (all ages)
Biology Changing the World Celebrate amazing biologists of the past (all ages)
UK Fungus Day Have 'fun with fungi' (all ages)
Nancy Rothwell Award Specimen drawing art lessons (primary & secondary)
18+ and Higher Education BioSoc quizzes and resources (university students)


Tell us about your activities for 2015

We are always really impressed with the activities teachers put on during Biology Week, and we hope many will do the same in 2015. You are welcome to use the resources on this page and the Biology Week event materials. We would love to hear what you have planned.

Fun resources for organising events


Quiz Question

The Society, along with its Member Organisations, has put together quizzes for schools, to run either during lessons, tutor time or in science club.

2015 quiz answers available upon request.
13-15 year olds:  Questions
16-18 year olds:  Questions

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Insect Poll


Find out more about our top 10 UK insects!


Print our posters, stick them around your school and host your own poll to see which creepy crawly comes out on top.

Information about the insects and printable posters.



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21st Century BioChallenges activity kits

Biochallenges logoWe have ten kits of biochemistry activities schools can borrow that provide excellent enrichment activities to support the secondary curriculum. Each activity introduces participants to new concepts, vocabulary and cutting edge science, with five topics including he five topics stem cells, antibiotic resistance and genetic modification.

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artGet young people thinking about the biology in the world all around them, as well as exploring the possibility of communicating a scientific message through art. Create a biology-themed art collage, model or sculpture and tweet us your #BioArtAttack creations! This art competition took place in 2014 - see the full shortlist for inspiration.

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Physiology Friday


Bio-Bodies Bake Off: The Physiology Society are challenging you to produce a bake, savoury or sweet, representing physiology, the science of how your body works, for your chance to win some exciting prizes! Get your entries in by Friday 9th October.

There are also physiology activities, resources and citizen science projects available on their website.

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Biology: Changing the World

Changing world

Celebrate the great biologists of the past in order to inspire those of the future.

The website, mobile app (available on apple and android) and schools resources are packed with information and activities about the biologists that shaped the world we live in.

There are also a number of classroom resources available for a 7-11 year old audience.

Visit the website or contact us for hard copies of the poster and teacher notes.

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UK Fungus Day Competitions

Finding fungi

Join in with public events at universities, science centres, museums, RHS and National Botanic Gardens, Nature Reserves and National Trust venues, across the UK and Ireland.

There will be 'fun with fungi' activities for everyone to enjoy.


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Nancy Rothwell Award

nancy rothwell

The Nancy Rothwell Award celebrates specimen drawing in schools and highlights the mutual benefits of combining art and science. The competition is now closed for 2015 but you can use our specimen drawing presentation, school poster, or take a look at last year's winners for science/art lesson inspiration! Our winners will be announced as part of Biology Week.


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Higher Education and 18+ students


Our quizzes for university students, perfect for Biology Societies are now available to download. Answers available upon request.

BioSoc: Questions   

Examine some of the many scientific challenges facing the world, including: cancer, epidemics, antimicrobial resistance, ageing populations and climate change. Resources from BioMed Central.

Free content from Oxford University Press: book discounts, blogs, youtube videos and more.

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STEMNET and Speakeeze


Invite a STEM Ambassador into your school or arrange a speaker for inspiring and intriguing talks and activities. Learn about new careers and cutting-edge research of biosciences. Perfect for science clubs, assemblies or lessons.

Alternatively, get in touch with the National STEM Centre.

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Case studies from other schools




School spotlight: Hereford Cathedral School and Bishop Thomas Grant School have both organised great programmes of Biology Week activities for 2015 which might inspire you to get involved too.

Use our posters to inspire students around your school.



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Careers Project

careers-projectThere are a diverse range of careers available in the biosciences.

Find out more about technicians and research assistants working in a variety of fields around the country by reading and watching our technicians careers profiles.

More resources are available in our careers section.


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Citizen science


Loads of people have taken part in this year's citizen science projects. Keep an eye out for flying ants and starling murmurations, and you could help have an impact on scientific research.

Find out more about spiders by downloading our app to identify any eight-legged house guests in your home this winter.



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Free activity resources

Supplement your lessons with interesting and interactive resources from our Member Organisations:

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We have many more resources to support biology teachers.