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I currently teach IGCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Also A level Biology. The resources I produce for my lessons are carefully planned and I try to involve a lot of self-learning to allow students to develop these important skills needed for further education.

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I currently teach IGCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Also A level Biology. The resources I produce for my lessons are carefully planned and I try to involve a lot of self-learning to allow students to develop these important skills needed for further education.
Gene Pool and Genetic Diversity using Hardy-Weinberg equation
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Gene Pool and Genetic Diversity using Hardy-Weinberg equation

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A level lesson focusing on the following objectives: Understand that changes in allele frequency come about as a result of mutation and natural selection Understand how the Hardy-Weinberg equation can be used to see whether a change in allele frequency is occurring in a population over time I have included many tasks which can be performed individually or in pairs. Students have 2 exam style questions to attempt using the Hardy Weinberg equation
Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance (A level)
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Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance (A level)

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Tow power point lessons which look at the action of antibiotics on bacteria - bacteriostatic and bactericidal. Also, how natural selection has made certain bacteria resistant to antibiotics and why this has occurred. There are activities for the students to promote active learning plus video resources and questions.
Fast and Slow Twitch Muscle Fibres
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Fast and Slow Twitch Muscle Fibres

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A PPT with information regarding the 2 types of fibres. Students collect information about the fibres from around the room (included in PPT) and complete a table stating the differences. They can then use their knowledge to predict the types of fibres found in different animal muscles. There is an exam question and mark scheme to determine understanding of subject material. I have included the lesson plan I provided when I was observed so feel free to tweak it to suit your group.
The Nervous System and Neurones Bundle
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The Nervous System and Neurones Bundle

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IAL Edexcel Topic 8A Included in this chapter: The structure and function of the mammalian nervous system Nervous transmission Resting and action potential Myelinated neurones and saltatory conduction Synapses Effects of drugs on synapse The detection of light Habituation Included in this selection of powerpoints are videos, exam questions plus tasks throughout the lesson to generate discussion and independent learning.
9-1 IGCSE The Nervous System (4 lessons)
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9-1 IGCSE The Nervous System (4 lessons)

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Lesson 1 covers the CNS, receptors and responses. It also introduces neurones and their role. Lesson 2 covers synapses and their structure/role in the nervous system Lesson 3 looks at the 3 types of neurones found in the CNS which will link into reflex arc Lesson 4 looks at the Reflex arc There are activities and assessments in each of the power point. There are also questions to generate a class discussion and check points.
Developing Immunity - Natural, Artificial, Active and Passive
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Developing Immunity - Natural, Artificial, Active and Passive

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This resource focuses on Edexcel specification link 6.11 It introduces the different types of immunity. There is a video resource and questions to check understanding. The information cards can be printed and put around room for students to collect information to make it more interactive. I was short on time so I went through them on the board as students made their own notes.
COVID-19 Corona Virus
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COVID-19 Corona Virus

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A complete lesson giving an overview of how the corona virus infects the lung tissue and why some people have a more severe reaction that can lead to death. There are a series of tasks so students are independently learning along with lots of opportunity for class discussion. I have also included some video clips to aid understanding further. This lesson can be adapted for KS3 - KS5
Bacteria and Viruses including viral reproduction
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Bacteria and Viruses including viral reproduction

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Edexcel specification link 6.5 (i) (ii) Two power point complete lessons focusing on the structure of viruses and bacteria. The second lesson looks at the lytic and lysogenic cycles with a short video clip on retrovirus reproduction - this will be looked at again when we study HIV. The lesson includes an exam question with mark scheme.
A2 Biology Forensic Science and Time of Death
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A2 Biology Forensic Science and Time of Death

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Edexcel Spec Link - 6.16 and 6.20 Three lessons which focus on the forensic science element of the topic. The first lesson looks at the role of microorganisms in decomposition. This is a recap session, looking at the carbon cycle. Lesson 2 introduces the idea of using body temperature and rigor mortis to determine time of death. lesson 3 finishes the topic looking at the role of bacteria and insects in decomposition. This links to succession which had been studied previously. There are many different student activities including questions and answers on the topic.
IAL Biology 7C Control of Internal Environment
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IAL Biology 7C Control of Internal Environment

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Unit 5 Biology Topic 7C Control of the Internal Environment 4 Powerpoint lessons covering: The principles of mammalian hormone production by endocrine glands The mode of action of hormones The production of metabolic waste Osmoregulation Kidney structure and function Urea production Thermoregulation
IAL Edexcel Biology Unit 1 Revision Practice (18 pages of questions)
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IAL Edexcel Biology Unit 1 Revision Practice (18 pages of questions)

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A series of activities for students to complete in class or at home in preparation for the unit 1 examination. It is most useful to use before they attempt exam past papers. Resources include: A learning grid with focused questions to ensure students cover main topics in unit 1 (18 pages). This includes biological molecules; Heart and cardiac cycle; Blood transport system; CVD; Cell membranes; Movement across membranes; Gas exchange; Inheritance; DNA replication; Protein synthesis; Mutations Also with questions focused towards core practicals. Exam command words reminder
A level Chemistry Transition/Taster Lessons
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A level Chemistry Transition/Taster Lessons

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A series of lessons that students can complete in class or at home. It is an introduction to the first units studied and builds on previous knowledge learned at GCSE. Lessons include: Describe the structure of the atom and atomic particles Calculate mass number and atomic number Define the term isotope Explain what is relativity and why do we compare to carbon 12 Define relative isotopic mass, relative atomic mass, relative molecular mass and relative formula mass
A2: Controlling the Breathing Rate. The role of the respiratory centre.
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A2: Controlling the Breathing Rate. The role of the respiratory centre.

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A complete lesson to introduce the idea of how exercise can increase the rate of ventilation to remove the build up of carbon dioxide. It looks at the negative feedback systems involved which maintain breathing rate. It also introduces spirometer traces and the definitions which which will lead to the core practical (edexcel IAL). There are plenty of discussion opportunities, a video and an exam question for self assessment.
Edexcel I A Level Biology - Light Microcope unit and Core Practical
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Edexcel I A Level Biology - Light Microcope unit and Core Practical

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This series of 3 lessons covers: the terms magnification and resolution the differences between light and electron microscopes the importance of staining in microscopy; a series of practicals with instructions how to make plan drawings of specimens how to use a graticule. I have included different tasks, some individual and some group work. I have encouraged my students to study independently rather than give all of the information. There are also a series of exam questions to test understanding. These lessons provide support towards the core practical
The Global Warming Debate - causation or correlation?
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The Global Warming Debate - causation or correlation?

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A power point lesson which guides students through data in the form of carbon dioxide levels; global temperature; rising sea levels and glacial melting. Students gain practice in data analysis which is vital in this module. There are also a series of exam questions with answers to support their understanding. This lesson links with Edexcel IAL Unit 4
Momentum and Car Safety
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Momentum and Car Safety

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I have used my own resources and a few slides from other Tes members (thank you!) to put together a PPT which recalls the equation for momentum and then looks at how to calculate force using the change of momentum and time. There are also exam questions included for extra practice!