Used with high ability year 13 class.
Covers key definitions, Hardy-Weinberg, Natural selection and Speciation.
Practical activity to demonstrate the example of Peppered Moths.
I also used a circus activity with 15 questions on HW equilibrium. I laminated the questions on separate sheets, with the answer to the previous question on the back, and spread these around the room for students to have a go at.
Used with high ability year 9 class:
- Scavenger hunt Q sheet
- I printed and laminated answers, and spread these around the room. Pupils used this information to answer the questions.
- Correct the mistakes passage on aerobic and anaerobic respiration - including scientific and SPaG errors, for pupils to correct. Answer sheet inc.
Last year I gained QTS and was graded Outstanding.
I have put together a selection of reflective logs, lesson evaluations, and a lesson plan to share with other trainees. I felt particularly isolated and unsure of what to do with regards to my portfolio of evidence as a trainee, and searched desperately online to see what others had done for inspiration.
Year 7 - Topic on Space
Lesson to follow the concept of applying to be an astronaut. Big focus on the skills which might be required.
In small groups, students consider the profiles of different applicants, and come to a decision as to who they would hire (imagine they are working for NASA). What sort of experience and key skills are they looking for, and why? How might hobbies link to this? Focus: justifying and supporting ideas.
Next students collect information on how astronauts live and survive in space. Information cards spread around the room, and there is also a video link (Kevin Fong RI Xmas Lecture). My school has iPads for research, but textbooks could also be used.
Homework: choice of tasks. Students to fill in NASA application form, or to create a space survival guide for new astronauts.
Fun 100 minute session on the heart and blood vessels - could be expanded or reduced.
Students to learn about the structure of the heart through a memory recall drawing challenge and a dissection. Video links to support learning.
Cryptogram challenge for students to learn about the blood vessels.
Used with high ability year 8 class, following a lesson on sexual and asexual reproduction.
I chose to laminate the info sheets for use with several groups and to save future spending on photocopying! Would work really well in a school with iPads/class IT access so they could do their own research or as an extension find out about another animal.
Used this powerpoint with my high ability year 12 class, alongside a number of worksheets (adapted from other TES authors, or using past exam questions).
- Species and Taxonomy
- Calculating diversity
- Molecular techniques to investigate diversity
- For the slides on courtship rituals I added a sound effect (Puppy Love, by Donny Osmond). For this to work on your computer you would need to save this song as an mp3 (using a youtube converter) and add it to the slide.
Lesson used for a formal observation, which received a Grade 1. At a school where they have 100 minute lessons, therefore this could be adapted and spread over two lessons. Mixed ability class.
Learners really enjoyed the interactive nature of the lesson, and I was successful in showing progress at regular intervals. Differentiated through range of support offered in booklets.
I made dice for this lesson using excellent templates I had found on TES. One dice had pictures of specialised cells on each face, whilst the other had questions on each face. Students LOVED this, but I did make these myself to avoid wasted time in the lesson.
Lesson to a mixed ability year 7 group, 100 minute session but could be adjusted.
Market place activity, using differentiated booklets. AfL Dice game.
Followed by more ethics based activities, looking at how doctors can make the decision of who receives a donor organ. Developing higher order thinking skills (Bloom's) by ranking and justifying ideas.
Donor cards to be printed, and used as exit pass for 3-2-1 plenary.
Activity I used with my high ability year 10 class - trying to encourage them to think about skill development, rather than simple knowledge acquisition.
Used an intro to highlight why metacognition and self-assessment are important parts of learning. Students then used a sheet to write down their learning high points and improvement points for these topics. Then looked back through the end of unit test and formative comments in their books - made improvements/corrections to their work and noted these down in steps taken.
Sheet glued in for me then to respond to, giving them targets for the next topic, as well as effort and test grading.
Set for a year 8 class (could be for year 7) when I was at a course, and the cover teacher did not want them to do a practical activity.
Second piece of cover work included was a task to summarise learning on nutrition.
Good practice for drawing graphs and analysing results.