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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.
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.
(I)GCSE BIOLOGY REVISION - QUESTIONS USING BLOOMS TAXONOMY: Nitrogen cycle, Heart, Kidney, Inheritan
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(I)GCSE BIOLOGY REVISION - QUESTIONS USING BLOOMS TAXONOMY: Nitrogen cycle, Heart, Kidney, Inheritan

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I have produced a series of revision questions for the Kidney, Inheritance, Nitrogen Cycle and the Heart/circulation. They follow Blooms Taxonomy promoting deeper thinking of the subjects. I have also included a template so you can make your own (or encourage your students to do so!). The 6 areas of focus are: knowledge; comprehension; Application; Analysis; Synthesis and Evaluation. I used these in a recent lesson observation and received praise for student engagement and for showing student learning progression.
Plant Reproduction - Double Fertilisation
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Plant Reproduction - Double Fertilisation

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AS Biology lesson on the process of fertilisation in flowering plants from pollen tube formation to fusion of nuclei. Contains a useful video I found on youtube which explains the process. I have also included a starter activity of labelling the plant parts (IGCSE) and an exam question with mark scheme for self assessment activity.
A2 Biology: The Heart and Electrical Activity
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A2 Biology: The Heart and Electrical Activity

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A lesson which introduces the idea of electrical activity in the heart, including the roles of SAN; AVN and bundles of His. It also includes how to interpret an ECG. This a complete lesson - possibly could take 2 lessons. It contains worksheets, video clips and exam questions. All answers provided in PPT so students can self assess their own work.
(I)GCSE Plant Transport - structure and function of xylem and phloem
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(I)GCSE Plant Transport - structure and function of xylem and phloem

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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.
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.
A2 Edexcel Medical Treatment for Sports - including prosthesis and surgery
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A2 Edexcel Medical Treatment for Sports - including prosthesis and surgery

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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.
Pharmacogenomics
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Pharmacogenomics

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A PPT presentation which explains how pharmacogenomics is being developed as a new tool in treating disease. It links directly to A2 Biology Edexcel specification "discuss how the outcomes of the human genome project are being used to develop new drugs and the social, moral and ethical issues this raises". I have also included scenarios that students can discuss, developing an absolutist and relativist point of view for both.
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.
EDEXCEL IAL TEACHERS GUIDE - CHLOROPLAST STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION
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EDEXCEL IAL TEACHERS GUIDE - CHLOROPLAST STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION

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A guide for teachers new to teaching this strand of the unit. I have included the specification, lesson objectives; students previous knowledge and how to build on this. I have highlighted the content needed to be taught and a guide on how to present it to an A level group with more student led activities. I have designed and included worksheets and answers. I have also included an exam question for teachers to gauge student understanding.
Teachers Guide: Carbohydrates - structure and function including reactions
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Teachers Guide: Carbohydrates - structure and function including reactions

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A guide for teachers new to teaching this strand of the unit. I have included the lesson objectives; students previous knowledge and how to build on this. I have highlighted the content needed to be taught and a guide on how to present it to an A level group with more student led activities. I have designed and included worksheets and answers. I have also included an exam question for teachers to gauge student understanding.
IAL New Spec 2018: 1.2(a) Carbohydrates - Mono/Disaccharide structure
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IAL New Spec 2018: 1.2(a) Carbohydrates - Mono/Disaccharide structure

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

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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.
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/GCSE 9-1 BIOLOGY - DIFFUSION LESSON
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IGCSE/GCSE 9-1 BIOLOGY - DIFFUSION LESSON

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This lesson introduces the term diffusion. It allows students to think of the factors which can affect the rate of diffusion. I have suggested 2 class demonstrations - hydrochloric acid + ammonia and ink in water. Students describe what occurs and why. Plenary activity - kidney dialysis and role of diffusion.