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AQA A-level psychology social influence summaries

AQA A-level psychology social influence summaries

A comprehensive analysis, based on previous exam questions, on what has been required from students for the social influence topic. I have attached a Word document (that can easily be edited if you would like to change anything) as well as a PDF document in case the layout is adjusted due to downloading the file onto a different version of Microsoft Office.
laurenjr
AQA A-level Psychology - Endogenous Pacemakers and Exogenous Zeitgebers - Biopsychology Topic

AQA A-level Psychology - Endogenous Pacemakers and Exogenous Zeitgebers - Biopsychology Topic

As students have already looked at enodegenous pacemakers and exogenous zeitgebers a little during circadian rhythms, I set flipped learning homework for them to read over the notes on this. The lesson therefore focuses on checking and consolidating this learning, correcting any misconceptions, and working on an essay on this topic. An engaging lesson that gets them thinking, not just listening! This lesson works best alongside the Biopsychology Booklet 3, available here - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-a-level-psychology-biopsychology-booklet-3-biological-rhythms-11548800
Rebeccajaneward
AQA A-level Psychology - Lateralisation (Split-brain) and Methods of Investigation - Biopsychology

AQA A-level Psychology - Lateralisation (Split-brain) and Methods of Investigation - Biopsychology

This lesson introduces the idea of split-brain research by getting students to see how it feels by working in pairs. Students are then shown a video on split-brain research; they work out the results based on what they know about the procedure and different brain areas; and finally they evaluate the research through writing a Nobel prize presentation speech. There are exam questions included throughout the lesson. I have also included the activities I used to consolidate flipped learning of Methods of Investigation, as I didn't have time to teach a full lesson on this - it worked well this way. This lesson (and flipped learning!) works best alongside the Biopsychology Booklet 2, which is available here - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-a-level-psychology-biopsychology-booklet-2-the-brain-11561884
Rebeccajaneward
AQA A-level Psychology - Plasticity of Brain Function - Biopsychology Topic

AQA A-level Psychology - Plasticity of Brain Function - Biopsychology Topic

This lesson starts by questioning the theory of localisation (from the previous lesson) by showing a video of a young woman who has made incredible functional recovery following a stroke. Students then read up on the theory of plasticity (in the booklet, or textbooks) and have to compile evidence from this against the theory of localisation. Evaluation and discussion points are teacher-led, with understanding checked through exam-style questions. Three additional consolidation activities are included that I used after this lesson, one of which applies back to the woman who had a stroke from the start of the lesson, so it ties it up nicely. This lesson is best taught alongside the Biopsychology 2 booklet, available here - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-a-level-psychology-biopsychology-booklet-2-the-brain-11561884
Rebeccajaneward
AQA A-level Psychology - Localisation of Brain Function - Biopsychology Topic

AQA A-level Psychology - Localisation of Brain Function - Biopsychology Topic

This lesson introduces the debate between localisation and plasticity at the start to stimulate higher level thinking throughout the lesson, focusing on focusing on localisation theory. There are student-led activities as well as some teacher-led learning, with AfL and revisiting of intended learning throughout and a focus on exam-style questions with an essay set for homework. This lesson works best when taught alongside the Biopsychology 2 booklet, found here - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-a-level-psychology-biopsychology-booklet-2-the-brain-11561884
Rebeccajaneward
AQA A-level Psychology - Synaptic Transmission Lesson - Biopsychology Topic

AQA A-level Psychology - Synaptic Transmission Lesson - Biopsychology Topic

This detailed lesson: - Recaps learning from the previous lesson - Hooks students into the new learning through back-to-back drawing of a synapse (mini whiteboards) - Provides detailed knowledge of synaptic transmission in the presentation - Checks understanding throughout using multiple choice exam questions as 'hinges' (mini whiteboards) - Asks students to summarise learning into four paragraphs - Sets exam-style questions - Reflects on learning This lesson works best alongside the Biopsychology 1 booklet (covers all content required for the AS exam), found here - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-a-level-psychology-biopsychology-booklet-1-the-nervous-and-endocrine-systems-11561878
Rebeccajaneward
AQA A-level Psychology - Neurons Lesson - Biopsychology Topic

AQA A-level Psychology - Neurons Lesson - Biopsychology Topic

This is an engaging lesson that introduces the different type of neurons to students through a back-to-back drawing activity, that they generally find very fun/funny/frustrating, it engages all. Further detail is provided through the presentation and then students are given the opportunity to practise what they have learnt through exam-style questions. The crowd-sourcing summary sheet was created and shared for free by @thebadpedagogue - I have included it as an extra, but students could just write six summaries on their paper! Learning is recapped, hooked, built upon, checked, and then reflected upon. Intended learning is revisited throughout to keep students on track. This lesson works best alongside the booklet created for 'Biopsychology 1' (the content required for the AS exam), please find it here - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-a-level-psychology-biopsychology-booklet-1-the-nervous-and-endocrine-systems-11561878
Rebeccajaneward
AQA A-level Psychology - The Endocrine System Lesson - Biopsychology topic

AQA A-level Psychology - The Endocrine System Lesson - Biopsychology topic

This is a straight forward lesson that recaps understanding of the nervous system from the previous lesson, presents the key information about the endocrine system, and then brings together the nervous system and endocrine system with Fight or Flight. Students are given opportunities for summarising content, comparing systems, and creating exam answers. Intended learning is revisited throughout, to keep students on track. This lesson works best alongside the booklet created for it, found here - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-a-level-psychology-biopsychology-booklet-1-the-nervous-and-endocrine-systems-11561878
Rebeccajaneward
AQA A-level Psychology - The Nervous System - Biopsychology Topic

AQA A-level Psychology - The Nervous System - Biopsychology Topic

This lesson provides an active start to the Biopsychology topic, starting by recapping the Approaches topic (if you are teaching for the AS exam, this is more relevant as the two topics are examined together). This A-Z document was created and shared for free by @thebadpedagogue - I have included it as an extra, but students can simply write A-Z down the margin of their paper! Students then have their 'baseline' knowledge of the nervous system tested with a true or false activity, before they use evidence to arrange parts of the nervous system into the correct order. Further details is provided via the presentation, before their progress is checked with exam questions and model answers provided to correct any mistakes. A simple plenary to end, compares student's confidence following the baseline activity and what they know now! This lesson is best taught alongside the booklet I made for the topic, found here - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-a-level-psychology-biopsychology-booklet-1-the-nervous-and-endocrine-systems-11561878 If you like this lesson, please review this resource - and if you have any tips or requests, don't hesitate to comment. If you require a word version of any documents, email me at rebeccajaneward@gmail.com.
Rebeccajaneward