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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
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.
International A Level Transition Booklet
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International A Level Transition Booklet

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I have put together a transition booklet for my GCSE students to work through during the end of term and over the summer holidays. It includes a brief overview of the course; what students should know from GCSE; exam terminology to be familiar with; practical skills needed for next year; scientific article and questions; recommended reading for the summer
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 Genetically Modified Organisms + A level questions/answers
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A2 Genetically Modified Organisms + A level questions/answers

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This PPT links to the Edexcel A2 course - describe how drugs can be produced using genetically modified organisms. It also links to risks and benefits associated with the use of genetically modified organisms. The PPT is a complete lesson with short tasks which generate discussions regarding this ethical issue. I have included the uses of the enzymes they need to know. There are A level past paper questions to test knowledge plus a fun quick quiz at end of PPT.
Surface Area to Volume Ratio in Organisms
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Surface Area to Volume Ratio in Organisms

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A PPT with complete lesson with different activities to introduce the idea of surface area and volume and how it is affected by the size of an organism. Activities include - calculating the surface area and volume of 3 cubes; explaining why certain cells/organs have a large surface area. There is also an edexcel IGCSE exam question and mark scheme for self assessment.
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.
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.
IAL New Spec 2018: Triglyceride synthesis and structure
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IAL New Spec 2018: Triglyceride synthesis and structure

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Specification link: 1.5 know how triglycerides are synthesised and describe the difference between saturated and unsaturated lipids A complete lesson promoting independent learning. I have provided 2 videos that students watch and extract relevant information to complete a worksheet. I suggest it is printed on A3 paper. Teacher - student discussion over main points ensures an understanding of the topic. A quiz of exam questions with a time limit.
IGCSE Properties of Covalent bonding
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IGCSE Properties of Covalent bonding

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A whole lesson in a power point presentation which looks at the properties of covalent bonds to include, why substances with a simple molecular structures have low melting and boiling points and how these increase with increasing relative molecular mass; why substances with giant covalent structures have high melting and boiling points and how the structures of diamond, graphite and C60 fullerene influence their physical properties, including electrical conductivity and hardness. There is plenty of opportunity for students to research and analyse data on certain covalent substances to build up a picture of covalent properties. There is also an exam question with mark scheme.
A2Biology: Drugs and Sport - including ethical issues and transcription factors
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A2Biology: Drugs and Sport - including ethical issues and transcription factors

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A whole lesson dedicated to looking at the effect of certain illegal substances and the ethical issues associated with drug taking in sports. I have included a debate where students sort through different opinions on drug taking in sports. This will help them formulate a for and against argument. I have also included information about how peptide and steroid hormones act as transcription factors and can activate protein synthesis. Finally, I have included the edexcel article from 2015 on drugs in sport and students can work through the article and answer the questions for homework.
Evolutionary Race between pathogens and humans
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Evolutionary Race between pathogens and humans

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A power point presentation introducing the concept that pathogens are constantly evolving against treatments we have. Students discuss how HIV and TB have managed to evade detection by the immune system Article about people who have protection against the HIV virus (CCR5 gene) with questions. Exam questions
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
IA LEVEL STUDENTLEARNING GRID : CELLS, REPRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT
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IA LEVEL STUDENTLEARNING GRID : CELLS, REPRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

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Check students learning with a series of focused questions on cells, reproduction and development. The main focus areas being cell structure; mitosis; meiosis; cell cycle; epigenetics and variation . 12 pages of questions with teacher answers. Students can self assess their work - a great starting point for revision before tackling exam questions. Questions vary in difficulty, supporting weaker students too.