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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.
IAL Biology Unit 5 Article Questions June 2018 - The nose takes a starring role

IAL Biology Unit 5 Article Questions June 2018 - The nose takes a starring role

A series of questions focused on the scientific article for the IAL Edexcel exam - unit 5. There is a teacher answer sheet included. I have also included a copy of the Scientific Article from Edexcel Unit 5 Exam and definitions for vocabulary. I have focused on the following topics: • The nervous system – structure and function of each neurone • Action potentials and how an impulse is generated • Synapses • Structure and function of areas of the brain • FMRI scans • The eye • Brain injuries • Critical window • Respiration • PCR and Gel electrophoresis • Speciation This resource helps student´s to focus their revision in the appropriate areas and help develop their exam response.
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Edexcel Scientific Article January 2018 - Chasing the Cure: Parkinson´s disease

Edexcel Scientific Article January 2018 - Chasing the Cure: Parkinson´s disease

This will help your students prepare for the Unit 5 exam this January 2018. I have provided a sheet of key vocabulary - very useful for IAL students. I have also provided exam style questions which cover areas in the article students may be questioned on. I have provided an answer sheet. *I have attached a copy of the Edexcel article - Chasing the Cure: A decade of Parkinson´s disease. This is not a resource I have prepared, just downloaded from the edexcel website*
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A2 Genetically Modified Organisms + A level questions/answers

A2 Genetically Modified Organisms + A level questions/answers

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.
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Edexcel Biology Scientific Article 2018 Questions: Craving Control

Edexcel Biology Scientific Article 2018 Questions: Craving Control

This resource provides suggestions of exam questions for Paper 3: General and Practical Applications in Biology. I have provided a range of topic areas to include: biological molecules and energy storage Brain function Neurotransmitters Receptors Synapses Neurones and action potentials structure of bacteria Transcription factors Genetic modification Drug trials The immune system Inflammation The resource comes with an answer sheet. I provide the resource as a homework and then go through in class.
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IAL New Spec 2018: Triglyceride synthesis and structure

IAL New Spec 2018: Triglyceride synthesis and structure

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.
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IAL New Spec 2018: Properties of water - dipole molecule and solvent

IAL New Spec 2018: Properties of water - dipole molecule and solvent

A PPT complete lesson which focuses on specification link: 1.1 understand the importance of water as a solvent in transport, including its dipole nature The power point includes independent learning activities where students must find what a dipole molecule is. There is a boardworks slide to explain what a solvent is and students use this to form their notes. Please note, this is an interactive slide and you must have enabled macros on PPT and have update flash for it to work. The terms cohesion and adhesion are introduced. I have included a brief exam question which links directly to the spec link.
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IAL New Spec 2018: 1.2(a) Carbohydrates - Mono/Disaccharide structure

IAL New Spec 2018: 1.2(a) Carbohydrates - Mono/Disaccharide structure

Specification link: 1.2 (a) know the differences between monosaccharides, disaccharides, polysaccharides including glycogen and starch In this lesson, students will learn the structures of common monosaccharides and how they combine in a condensation reaction to form disaccharides. Polysacchrides are mentioned briefly but they are studied in more detail next lesson (spec link 1.2 b) There are opportunities for independent learning as students determine the structure of monosaccharides and practice drawing the reaction between common monosaccharides labelling the bond and type of reaction. I have included an exam question for practice.
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IAL New Spec 2018: 1.2 (b) Polysaccharides for storage

IAL New Spec 2018: 1.2 (b) Polysaccharides for storage

Specification link: 1.2 (b) relate the structures of polysaccharides to their role in providing and storing energy A lesson designed to promote independent learning. There is a video students use the video to extract information about amylose and amylopectin and the difference in structure. Students find out independently how each molecule can be broken down to release energy. Exam circus of questions to work through with a partner. Check points provided after each task to ensure learning/correct information collected.
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A2Biology: Drugs and Sport - including ethical issues and transcription factors

A2Biology: Drugs and Sport - including ethical issues and transcription factors

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.
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(I)GCSE Biology - Vaccination and Immunity

(I)GCSE Biology - Vaccination and Immunity

A power point to aid students understand how vaccination results in the manufacture of memory cells which enable future antibody production to the pathogen to occur sooner, faster and in greater quantity. I have used a range of resources throughout the PPT. There are 2 video which can prompt discussion. The first is a starter activity which reflects on the previous lesson, looking at the function of phagocytes and lymphocytes. Students are then introduced to the idea of vaccinations both by discussion and a video. There is a card sort activity to put the process in order and then a graph analysis task.
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A2 Edexcel Medical Treatment for Sports - including prosthesis and surgery

A2 Edexcel Medical Treatment for Sports - including prosthesis and surgery

A whole lesson with activities and discussion points. I have included a starter activity of the paralympics advert by channel 4 to start a discussion about prosthesis in sports. The lesson objectives are to: Explain how medical technology, including the use of keyhole surgery and prostheses, is enabling those with injuries and disabilities to participate in sports Describe how you would treat a minor sports injury with R.I.C.E.
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GCSE - Introduction to the Eye + Dissection

GCSE - Introduction to the Eye + Dissection

A whole lesson plan allowing students to discover the structure and function of the eye. This lesson is following the double award IGCSE for Edexcel and students need to describe the structure and function of the eye. I have not included information about accommodation. This lesson is a lovely introduction to the eye and includes an eye dissection task plus a 3D image starter activity; exam question and brief investigation into the response to bright light.
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A2: Controlling the Breathing Rate. The role of the respiratory centre.

A2: Controlling the Breathing Rate. The role of the respiratory centre.

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.
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(I)GCSE Plant Transport - structure and function of xylem and phloem

(I)GCSE Plant Transport - structure and function of xylem and phloem

A PPT which introduces the role of both xylem and phloem. The first activity is a research activity (8 minutes) where students use resources available to determine characteristics and roles of phloem and xylem. The next 20 minutes is a circus of activities with microscope work (drawing xylem and phloem); observing dye in celery; dendrochronology (tree rings) and transpiration and translocation.
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IGCSE Plant Reproduction

IGCSE Plant Reproduction

A power point which introduces the structure and function of the parts of a flower. Students then analyse the differences between the insect and wind pollinated flowers. There is a brief explanation of fertilisation and formation of the pollen tube. Finally looking at asexual and sexual reproduction in plants. The power point contains the whole lesson and it is easy for the teacher to follow the plan of the lesson with tasks for students clearly highlighted and check points to ensure learning. I have used a ppt slide from the author clickbiology as I think it is one of the best slides on flower structure I have seen.
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IGCSE Properties of Covalent bonding

IGCSE Properties of Covalent bonding

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.
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