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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 Chloroplasts and Chlorophyll
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IAL Biology Chloroplasts and Chlorophyll

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A complete lesson focusing on the following points in the specification. Understand the structure of chloroplasts in relation to their role in photosynthesis Understand what is meant by action spectrum and absorption spectrum Understand how the chlorophyll pigments can be separated by chromatography. A variety of activities to promote discussion and learning.
Marine Science :  Particle Theory and Bonding (Water)
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Marine Science : Particle Theory and Bonding (Water)

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Marine Science AS (exams in 2022) Water: Particle Theory and Bonding An understanding of particle theory, including the structure of atoms and ions, and how they bond together to form compounds, helps to explain the properties of water and other substances important to marine life. A series of 3 complete powerpoints (approximately 5 lessons worth of material). Includes explanations and students tasks.
AS Marine Science:  Ecosystems and Biodiversity
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AS Marine Science: Ecosystems and Biodiversity

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Section 2: Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity Complete lessons covering the following points: The meaning of the terms: ecosystem, habitat, population, community, species, biodiversity and ecological niche Describing interrelationships within marine ecosystems to include mutualism and parasitism explain the meaning of the term: producer, comsumer, predator, prey and trophic level in context of food chains and food webs explain how populations of predator and prey may be interrelated Each powerpoint has talking points, small activities for students (individually or in pairs), video resources and exam questions. I have also used these for students studying at home.
GCSE BIOLOGY HUMAN TRANSPORT SYSTEM ESCAPE ROOM
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GCSE BIOLOGY HUMAN TRANSPORT SYSTEM ESCAPE ROOM

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An activity to introduce the main elements of the transport topic or to be used as a revision tool. I have used it in class but it can be used for home schooling assignment or homework. The activity took my students over an hour. There are many tasks the students must complete as they collect their clues. Students need access to the internet to carry out this activity.
Introducing Enthalpy Change and Enthalpy level diagrams
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Introducing Enthalpy Change and Enthalpy level diagrams

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2 complete lessons introducing enthalpy changes. By the end of the lesson students should: Know that enthalpy is the heat change measured at a constant pressure and state the standard conditions Be able to define what we mean by standard enthalpy of a reaction Be able to construct and interpret enthalpy level diagrams showing an energy change Lesson includes discussion points and questions to check understanding.
Meiosis and the formation of gametes
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Meiosis and the formation of gametes

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2 complete lessons focusing on understanding the role meiosis plays in creating gametes. It focuses on independent assortment and crossing-over. Students have an opportunity to study each phase to compare meiosis to mitosis. The second lesson studies the adaptation of gametes in both plants and animals. This will lead onto sexual reproduction in subsequent lessons.
The Cell Cycle and Mitosis
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The Cell Cycle and Mitosis

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A series of three lessons which focuses on A level content from Edexcel Specification but can be applied to other specifications. Content includes Understanding what a chromatid is and how it forms The cell cycle and what occurs at each stage Control of the cell cycle The stages of mitosis Cytokinesis Cell division in both animal and plant cells Mitotic index
IAL Biology Topic 3: Cell Structure Bundle (5+ lessons)
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IAL Biology Topic 3: Cell Structure Bundle (5+ lessons)

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5 complete lessons with a variety of tasks which explores the structure of cells. Lesson 1 - Observing cells explores different microscopes available to observe cells and discusses the terms resolution and magnification. It also focuses on staining of cells. Lesson 2 - Eukaryotic cells - discover the organelles inside eukaryotic cells and their function within the cell Lesson 3 - Protein transport and the role of RER and Golgi apparatus Lesson 4 - Prokaryotic cells and the organelles present. Gram staining is also looked at. Lesson 5 - organisation of cells, tissues and organs. Lesson 6 - Core Practical 5 Using a graticule The lessons have a range of activities including video resources. Would make a useful tool for home study.
Home school task - GCSE Photosynthesis escape room task/mission
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Home school task - GCSE Photosynthesis escape room task/mission

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A task which is suitable for students in class but also during home schooling. It covers GCSE/IGCSE Photosynthesis specification looking at: photosynthesis equation limiting factors structure of the leaf mineral ions photosynthesis practicals The task is set as a spy mission. Students are directed to different websites which included images, videos and information. Students collect the information and use to complete a mission grid which helps them crack the code. In total there are 15 clues, building up their knowledge of photosynthesis. The PPT includes an answer sheet (remove from powerpoint before sharing with students!) My students loved this activity and it gave them a good introduction to photosynthesis.
Christmas Quiz/ Fun end-of-term activity
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Christmas Quiz/ Fun end-of-term activity

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A powerpoint quiz which takes a lesson to go through and then to mark. The answer sheet is provided. The markscheme is shown at the end of the quiz. The quiz is suitable for students from year 6 - 13. Rounds include: General knowledge Hidden celebrity Christmas movies Sports Riddles
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
IAL Edexcel Biology Unit 4 Revision Practice
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IAL Edexcel Biology Unit 4 Revision Practice

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A series of activities for students to complete in class or at home in preparation for the unit 4 examination. It is most useful to use before they attempt exam past papers Resources include: A tick sheet for revision A learning grid with focused questions to ensure students cover main topics in unit 4 (11 pages). This includes photosynthesis; global warming; evolution; GPP and NPP; microorganisms and how they reproduce; the immune response; immunity ; PCR; DNA profiling and forensics. Vocabulary reinforcer Exam command words reminder
IAL Mammalian Transport Systems
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IAL Mammalian Transport Systems

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A series of lessons which support the Pearson textbook for the international AS level (edexcel). These resources are also useful for online lessons to aid student’s understanding at home. Covered in these lessons: The need for a circulatory system The importance of surface area to volume ratio The advantage of a double circulatory system The structure and function of blood The role of platelets in blood clotting The role of haemoglobin in transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide The structure of the heart and the cardiac cycle Atherosclerosis I have included different activities, some individual and some which could be within a group or with a partner. Plus exam questions and tasks to check understanding.
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
Introduction to Ecology
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Introduction to Ecology

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A complete lesson which introduces the terminology used in Ecology lessons. We also explore how abiotic and biotic factors can affect a habitat. There are questions to check understanding of knowledge learnt plus independent learning activities. Learning outcomes Recall what is meant by the terms population, community, habitat and ecosystem Understand that the numbers and distribution of organisms in a habitat are controlled by biotic and abiotic factors Understand how the concept of a niche accounts for the distribution and abundance of organisms in a habitat