This lesson has been designed to cover the content of specification point 188.8.131.52 (Chromosomes) and 184.108.40.206 (Mitosis and the cell cycle) of the AQA GCSE Biology and Combined Science course. Cell division is a topic which can cause students a number of problems so this lesson has been designed to ensure that the key details are covered and checked constantly. As well as the understanding and previous knowledge checks, quiz competitions are written into the lesson to maintain engagement and motivation.
The lesson begins with the introduction of the term cell cycle and students will learn that the cycle consists of three stages. The key details of each of these stages is covered during the main part of the lesson so that students can meet the specification requirements of being able to describe the main events. Time is allotted for discussion to encourage students to converse about important points such as what happens to the replicated chromosomes during mitosis to enable identical daughter cells to be produced. Opportunities are taken to make links to other topics such as animal and plant cells as students are challenged to recall the functions of some sub-cellular structures. The final part of the lesson involves a series of summary questions which challenges the students to not only recall content but also to apply to unfamiliar organisms and it is not until the final question that they will answer a question about the cell cycle in humans.