This is a Brainstorm detailing the key points of the AQA Biology 8461 syllabus. I have used it as part of a group brainstorming activity, as follows:
Group pupils into teams with 4/5 members and ask them to work together to create a brainstorm on metabolism. To support them give them a copy of the ‘cue sheet’.
To ensure that all members have a role to play and take responsibility for it, also give the groups a ‘group task sheet’. They have to sign their name against the role that they are going to take responsibility for. This ensures that everyone is taking part.
Give them a set time to work on the task and then swap the brainstorms between groups and ask them to peer assess them eg write targets for improvement on post-it notes.
Give them a set period of time to meet the targets.
Then give them a printed copy of the already completed metabolism brainstorm. Ask them to make additions to their own and to highlight anything that they have got which is not on the prepared brainstorm
Keywords: metabolism, enzyme, metabolic pathways, anabolic, catabolic, respiration, mitochondria