Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

KS4-5 Biology Workshops

Unfortunately, we are not able to visit schools and deliver our full catalogue of activities at the moment. We have adapted selected workshops to be delivered virtually via Teams or Zoom, all of these are listed below.

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Disease Dash

45-60mins | up to 40 students | Yr7-13
A medical science orientated board game to be played in groups of four or more. The aim of the game is to stop your disease pathogen evolving before the other teams!

Extraordinary Evolution

60-90mins | up to 40 students | Yr10-12
Taking evolution back to the basics of DNA -we’ll look at how DNA programmes our bodies and what happens when mistakes, known as mutations, occur. We’ll find out how these mutations drive evolution and allow animals to become better adapted to their habitats with some classic examples and interactive activities. Students will get the chance to dig into our own past and look at our ancestors by studying their fossilised skulls.

Curriculum Links
KS4 Biology: Evolution, inheritance and variation; Health, disease and the development of medicines.
KS5 Biology: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms; Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems. 

Food and Human Nutrition Activity

1hr | up to 40 students | Yr7-11
Provides insight into what studying the subject is like at university and encourages students to think about what is in their food before they perform an investigation based around vitamin C.

Curriculum Links
KS3 Biology: Content of a healthy diet; Energy calculations; Organs of the digestive system
KS4 Biology: Health, disease and the development of medicines.

Genetics and Disease

1hr | up to 40 students | Yr9-13
This workshop covers the basics of genetics, PCR and gel electrophoresis with a PCR practical.

Curriculum Links
KS3 Biology: Genetics and Evolution 
KS4 Biology: Evolution, inheritance and variation; Health, disease and development of medicines.
KS5 Biology: Role of DNA to create proteins; Inheritance; Genetic Sequencing. 

Sport Science Workshop

1hr | up to 40 students | Yr7-11
Introduction to what Sport Science is like at unviersity with ECG, pulse oximeter and peak flow meter practical

Curriculum Links
KS3 Biology: Interaction between muscles and the skeleton; Gas exchange systems and respiration. 
KS4 Biology: Lifestyle factors in non-communicable disease; Human circulatory system; Cellular respiration

The Brain Game

60-90mins | up to 40 students | Yr7-12
Interactive session during which students learn about different areas of the brain and work through fun activities to understand its many functions. Students will also make a brain hat, which they can keep to further their learning and understanding.

Curriculum Links
KS3 Biology: Hierarchial organisation of multicellular organisms.
KS4 Biology: Structure and function of human nervous system, Health Issues and the Brain 
KS5 Psychology: Psychology in Context

Why Apply to...

30-45mins | up to 250 students | Yr12-13
This series includes 8 individual presentations on courses from our Faculty of Medical Sciences. Each includes information about studying the subject, exciting research and career prospects. Choose from the following presentations:

Biomedical Sciences, Dentistry, Food and Human Nutrition, Medical Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy, Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science

Zoological Discoveries

1hr | up to 60 students | Yr10-13
Discover what a Zoology degree involves and why it is important for us to study and protect animals. The workshop involves an interactive classification quiz, a sample of some behavioual studies and a conservation activity. 

Curriculum Links
Science: Genetic information, variation and relationship between organisms; Organisms respond to changes in their external and internal environments; Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.

The Future of our Farms

60-90mins | up to 40 students | Yr12-13
This session will help students unearth the challenges facing modern agriculture. As the global population rises to unprecedented levels, pressure on food production is at an all-time high. Through hands-on experiences and lively debate your students will develop and discuss solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

STEM Outreach - Future of our Farms

Alien Invasion (at Dove Marine Lab)

Full Day | up to 30 students | Yr 7-13
Students will learn about the multitude of problems that the ocean is facing, with the main focus on the issue of Marine Invasive Species via ballast water transfer. Students will discover how these invasive species are transferred to our native shores and think about ways to prevent and manage this global problem. This session involves looking for marine organisms that live on a local seaweed species under the microscope and pupils will have time in our aquarium handling native species

Curriculum links: 
Biology: Living things and their habitats; Animals

Alien Invasion

Marine Ecology (at Dove Marine Lab)

Full Day | up to 30 students | Yr7-13
Students investigate the biotic and abiotic factors that affect the distribution of organisms on the rocky shore at Cullercoats. They learn scientific survey techniques and carry out a survey in the field. The data collected is then analysed back in the classroom using one of a number of different statistical methods.

Curriculum Links
Biology: Living things and their habitats; Animals; Working scientifically
Maths: Statistics

Marine Ecology

Ask Our Students

1hr | up to 300 students | Yr3-12
Invite Newcastle University students from a range of subject areas to talk to your students and answer their questions. This may be useful for A Level Biology students who aren't sure of the difference between studying Biology, Animal Science or Zoology or perhaps a chance for KS3 pupils to learn about the different types of engineering or even for a year 6 class to find out what real scientists do.

Ask Our Students
SAgE Outreach Key