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Biology Week in Schools

Biology Week is a great opportunity to encourage enthusiasm for biology in and around the curriculum. Here are some ways you can get involved.

Come along to a Biology Week event, or run your own

Our Biology Week 2019 calendar is jam packed full of events across the UK and beyond. Find out what is happening near you.

Enter our BioArtAttack competition

 

Get creative with your class and put together a BioArtAttack!

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What is a BioArtAttack? Your entry can be anything from drawings and sculptures to models and collages of any scale. The piece of art created can be entered by an individual or as a group, including classes, lab groups or any group of biology enthusiasts.

Open to all ages, with submissions open from the 5th September and until 13th October.

Anything and everything creative is eligible for submission, just send us photos of your masterpieces via our online submission form (available in September).

Get your class voting for the UK's favourite freshwater species

 

We have developed a range of resources to support this year's poll to find the UK's favourite freshwater species, and they can be used in the classroom, at home, or for reference.

Each activity is matched to a suitable age group, and the information pages can be used as a starting point for understanding more about botany, or as a basis for other activities. 

Each species that features in the poll also has its own fact file, including details on habitat, life cycle, characteristics and more.

If you would like larger versions of our resources, or printed copies sent to your school or another UK based address, contact outreach@rsb.org.uk

Download activity kits

Download activity kits

 Download classroom quiz

 

Classroom quizzes 

Test your knowledge with our secondary school PowerPoint quizzes for ages 13-15 ad 16-18, (answers in the slide notes):

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 #iamabiologist: when biologists take over twitter

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Invite a biologist or speaker to deliver a talk at your school, have a look at what other schools got up to during Biology Week in previous years, and find out about careers in the biosciences that your students may not have considered using #iamabiologist.

Tell us about your activities!

We always love to hear what teachers and schools do to celebrate Biology Week, and the effort put in never ceases to impress us!

Let us know what you have planned via twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or by emailing us. Remember to use #BiologyWeek so we can see how your event goes!

We have put together event guides to help support you in running an event to celebrate Biology Week.

Find inspiration and guidance on the different types of event to run, how to promote your event and more:

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Further resources

 

RSB free activity resources: downloadable resources ready to print and use

British Society for Immunology resources: including malaria teaching resources, information on immunology and even a secret life of snot activity

Science and Plants for Schools: interviews with scientists and resources for science practicals for primary and secondary students

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry: interactive content for ages 5-18 arranged by topic or by age range

BioMed Central: Quizzes and blog posts on bioengineering, ocean life, sustainable systems and more

The Wellcome Trust: educational resources and projects for schools, as well as professional development opportunities

Biology Teaching and Learning Resources: presentations, short answer questions and videos for GCSE students.

 

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