Year 11 Preliminary biology (new syllabus)
Cells as the Basis of Life
Organisation of Living Things
Our course material is written under the direction of a HSC marker to satisfy the requirements of the new syllabus implemented from 2018.
Students are required to attend a 2 hour lesson per week, which includes:
- 10 - 15 minutes weekly quiz where students complete real past exam questions under exam pressure. Students will receive their mark and feedback in the same lesson.
- 1.5 hours theory coverage - this component is conducted in an interactive and informal environment where students work through many examples and are challenged with difficult exam style questions throughout the lesson. At Pinnacle, we believe that limited knowledge is conveyed in lecture-styled lessons and students retain the most knowledge when they are actively involved during the class.
During these weekly lessons, students will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of all syllabus dot points and outcomes for each module prescribed by the NSW Board of Studies. Students learn to describe and explain Biology concepts in a succinct, logical and sequential manner using a variety of scientific formats including diagrams, graphs, tables and flow charts. Particular emphasis is place on the development of critical thinking skills to solve complex problems independently, preparing students for school assessments.
We maintain an open class environment that encourages students to ask questions and participate in class discussions. Student interaction is an essential part of the learning process and we make sure all students feel included in the class environment, such that they aren't hesitant to ask questions when they encounter difficulty.
The focus of the Year 11 Preliminary Biology course is to develop a strong foundation for the Year 12 HSC Biology course and exam techniques specific to the Biology syllabus.
All students in Pinnacle's Biology course receive the following:
- Theory booklets specifically built for each topic containing critical theory components and an abundance of examples to be worked through in class. The booklets offer students an in-depth knowledge and understanding of all topics from the Year 11 Biology Syllabus prescribed by the NSW Board of Studies. Our notes are carefully designed with exam-preparation in mind, and sets out exactly what the students need to know in order to do well in exams.
- Homework booklets – Pinnacle’s homework booklets includes an abundance of past exam questions used by teachers to set assessment tasks. Students are assigned homework each week to develop their understanding of new theory and problem solving skills
- Revision booklets - revision classes are conducted at the end of every module, as well as before major assessment periods such as the half yearlies and HSC trial exams.
- Out of class help and support – Pinnacle run weekly homework help sessions for all students. We understand the frustration of being stuck on a question and we want to support all of our students in every way possible within our abilities.
- Relevant and flexible topics - topics will be tailored for each class according to the students’ assessment requirements and their school progress.