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A Science teacher by trade, I've also been known to be found teaching Maths and PE! However, strange as it may seem, my real love is designing resources that can be used by other teachers to maximise the experience of the students. I am constantly thinking of new ways to engage a student with a topic and try to implement that in the design of the lessons.

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A Science teacher by trade, I've also been known to be found teaching Maths and PE! However, strange as it may seem, my real love is designing resources that can be used by other teachers to maximise the experience of the students. I am constantly thinking of new ways to engage a student with a topic and try to implement that in the design of the lessons.
Topic 2: Cells (AQA A-level Biology)
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Topic 2: Cells (AQA A-level Biology)

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This bundle contains 19 PowerPoint lessons which are highly-detailed and are fully-resourced with differentiated worksheets. Intricate planning means that the wide range of activities included in these lessons will engage and motivate the students, check on their current understanding and their ability to make links to previously covered topics and most importantly will deepen their understanding of the following specification points in topic 2 (Cells) of the AQA A-level Biology specification: Structure and function of the organelles in eukaryotic cells The specialised cells in complex, multicellular organisms The structure of prokaryotic cells The structure of viruses which are acellular and non-living The principles and limitations of optical, transmission electron and scanning electron microscopes Measuring the size of an object under an optical microscope Use of the magnification formula The behaviour of chromosomes during the stages of the cell cycle Binary fission The basic structure of cell membranes The role of phospholipids, proteins, glycoproteins, glycolipids and cholesterol Simple diffusion Facilitated diffusion Osmosis, explained in terms of water potential The role of carrier proteins and the hydrolysis of ATP in active transport Co-transport as illustrated by the absorption of sodium ions and glucose by the cells lining the mammalian ileum Recognition of different cells by the immune system The identification of pathogens from antigens The phagocytosis of pathogens The cellular response involving T lymphocytes The humoral response involving the production of antibodies by plasma cells The structure of an antibody The roles of plasma cells and memory cells in the primary and secondary immune response The use of vaccines to protect populations The differences between active and passive immunity The structure of the human immunodeficiency virus and its replication in helper T cells How HIV causes the symptoms of AIDS Why antibiotics are ineffective against viruses The use of antibodies in the ELISA test If you would like to sample the quality of these lessons, then download the eukaryotic animal cells, viruses, microscopes, osmosis, lymphocytes, HIV and AIDS lessons as these have been shared for free.
AQA GCSE Combined Science P1 (Energy) REVISION
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AQA GCSE Combined Science P1 (Energy) REVISION

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An engaging lesson presentation (41 slides) and associated worksheets that uses a combination of exam questions, quick tasks and quiz competitions to help the students to assess their understanding of the topics found within unit P1 (Energy) of the AQA GCSE Combined Science specification (specification unit P6.1). The topics that are tested within the lesson include: Energy stores and systems Changes in energy Efficiency Students will be engaged through the numerous activities including quiz rounds like “ERRORS with the equation calculations” whilst crucially being able to recognise those areas which need further attention
Writing half equations for electrolysis
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Writing half equations for electrolysis

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A fully-resourced lesson which includes a lesson presentation (24 slides) and a worksheet which is differentiated so that students can judge their understanding of the topic of writing half equations for electrolysis and access the work accordingly. The lesson uses worked examples and helpful hints to show the students how to write half equations at both the cathode and anode. Time is taken to remind students about the rules at the electrodes when the electrolyte is in solution so that they can work out the products before writing the equations. This lesson has been designed for GCSE students (14 - 16 years old in the UK) but could be used with older students.
AQA GCSE Science B7 REVISION (Ecology)
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AQA GCSE Science B7 REVISION (Ecology)

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An engaging lesson presentation (63 slides) and associated worksheets that uses a combination of exam questions, quick tasks and quiz competitions to help the students to assess their understanding of the topics found within the Biology unit B7 (Ecology) of the AQA GCSE Combined Science specification (specification unit B4.7). The topics that are tested within the lesson include: Communities Abiotic factors Biotic factors Levels of organisation Recycling materials Deforestation Global warming Students will be engaged through the numerous activities including quiz rounds like “Number CRAZY" whilst crucially being able to recognise those areas which need further attention
Topic 8: The control of gene expression (AQA A-level Biology)
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Topic 8: The control of gene expression (AQA A-level Biology)

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Each of the 7 lessons which are included in this bundle have been written to specifically cover the content as detailed in topic 8 of the AQA A-level Biology specification (The control of gene expression). The wide range of activities will maintain engagement whilst supporting the explanations of the biological knowledge to allow the students to build a deep understanding of this potentially difficult topic! Lessons which cover the following specification points are included in this bundle: Gene mutations and their effect on the structure of proteins Regulation of transcription by transcription factors The role of oestrogen in initiating transcription Determining the genome of simpler organisms to determine the proteome and its applications The development of DNA sequencing methods The production of DNA fragments through use of enzymes or a gene machine The role of the PCR to amplify DNA fragments The transfer of DNA into a host cell VNTRs The technique of genetic fingerprinting to analyse DNA fragments If you would like to see the quality of the lessons, download the producing DNA fragments lesson as this has been uploaded for free
Competition and Interdependence
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Competition and Interdependence

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A detailed and engaging lesson presentation (52 slides) and accompanying worksheet that looks at competition between organisms and the different types of relationships that exist as a result of this interaction. The lesson begins by looking at the meaning of the biological term, "competition", and then introduces this when it occurs between the same species and different species. Students are challenged to consider the different resources that animals compete for before an activity based competition is used to get them to recognise how this competition can cause changes to the population size. Moving forwards, students will meet the three main types of ecological relationship and look at them in greater detail, with predation being a main focus. There are regular progress checks throughout the lesson (with displayed answers) so that students can assess their understanding. This lesson has been designed for GCSE students but can be used with more-able KS3 students who are looking at ecosystems and the relationships that exist within them
Rearranging the formula (Maths in Science)
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Rearranging the formula (Maths in Science)

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An informative lesson presentation (37 slides) and accompanying worksheets that guides students through the different methods that can be used to rearrange formulae as they will be required to do in the Science exams. The lessons shows them how to use traditional Maths methods involving inverse operations and also equation triangles to come to the same result. These are constantly linked to actual examples and questions to show them how this has to be applied. There are regular progress checks, with explained answers, so that students can assess their understanding.
AQA A-level Biology REVISION LESSONS
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AQA A-level Biology REVISION LESSONS

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This bundle of 8 revision lessons covers all of the topics on the AQA A-level Biology specification: Topic 1: Biological molecules Topic 2: Cells Topic 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment Topic 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Topic 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms Topic 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments Topic 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems Topic 8: The control of gene expression These lessons use a range of exam questions, quick tasks and quiz competitions to motivate and engage the students whilst they assess their understanding of the different topics and evaluate which areas of the specification will require their further attention. These lessons can be used for revision at the end of the topic, in the lead up to mocks or in the lead up to the actual exams.
Electromagnetic Waves
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Electromagnetic Waves

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A fully-resourced lesson that looks at the 7 electromagnetic waves, their differences, similarities and uses. The lesson includes an engaging presentation (54 slides) and associated worksheets. The lesson begins with a number of engaging activities to get the students to find out the names of the 7 waves in the spectrum. Students will be challenged to use their knowledge of the properties of waves to explain why they have been arranged in this particular order. Moving forwards, some time is taken to ensure that students recognise the similarities of the waves. The rest of the lesson focuses on the uses of the waves and a homework is also set to get students to increase the number of uses that they know for each wave. There are regular progress checks throughout the lesson so that students can assess their understanding at critical points. This lesson has primarily been designed for GCSE students (14 - 16 year olds in the UK) but could be used with students at KS3 who are doing a project
OCR A-Level Biology A REVISION LESSONS
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OCR A-Level Biology A REVISION LESSONS

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Each of the 20 revision lessons included in this bundle has been designed to motivate and engage the students whilst they are challenged on their knowledge of the content of the OCR A-Level Biology A specification. The detailed PowerPoints contain a wide range of activities which include exam questions with explained answers, differentiated tasks and quiz competitions that are supported by the accompanying worksheets. The modules covered in this bundle are: Module 2.1.1: Cell structure Module 2.1.2: Biological molecules Module 2.1.3: Nucleotides and nucleic acids Module 2.1.4: Enzymes Module 2.1.5: Biological membranes Module 2.1.6: Cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation Module 3.1.2: Transport in animals Module 3.1.3: Transport in plants Module 4.1.1: Communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system Module 4.2.1: Biodiversity Module 4.2.2: Classification and evolution Module 5.1.2: Excretion as an example of homeostatic control Module 5.1.3: Neuronal communication Module 5.1.4: Hormonal communication Module 5.1.5: Plant and Animal responses Module 5.2.1: Photosynthesis Module 5.2.2: Respiration Module 6.1.1: Cellular control Module 6.1.2: Pattens of inheritance Module 6.1.3: Manipulating genomes Helpful hints are provided throughout the lessons to help the students with exam technique and in structuring their answers. These lessons are suitable for use throughout the course and can be used for revision purposes at the end of a module or in the lead up to mocks or the actual A LEVEL exams
Standard deviation & the Student's t-test (OCR A-level Biology A)
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Standard deviation & the Student's t-test (OCR A-level Biology A)

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This lesson describes how to calculate the standard deviation to measure the spread of a set of data and to compare means using the t-test. The detailed PowerPoint and accompanying resources have been designed to cover the part of point 4.2.2 (f) of the OCR A-level Biology A specification that includes these two statistical tests. A step by step guide walks the students through each stage of the calculation of the standard deviation and gets them to complete a worked example with the class before applying their knowledge to another set of data. This data looks at the birth weights of humans on one day in the UK and this is used again later in the lesson to compare against the birth weights of babies in South Asia when using the student’s t-test. The null hypothesis is introduced and students will learn to accept or reject this based upon a comparison of their value against one taken from the table based on the degrees of freedom.
Blood circulation in a mammal (AQA A-level Biology)
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Blood circulation in a mammal (AQA A-level Biology)

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This fully-resourced lesson looks at the blood circulation in a mammal and considers how the pulmonary circulation differs from the systemic circulation. The engaging PowerPoint and accompanying resources have been designed to cover the third part of point 3.4.1 of the AQA A-level Biology specification The lesson begins with a focus on the double circulatory system and checks that students are clear in the understanding that the blood passes through the heart twice per cycle of the body. Beginning with the pulmonary circulation, students will recall that the pulmonary artery carries the blood from the right ventricle to the lungs. An opportunity is taken at this point to check on their knowledge of inhalation and the respiratory system as well as the gas exchange between the alveoli and the capillary bed. A quick quiz is used to introduce arterioles and students will learn that these blood vessels play a crucial role in the changes in blood pressure that prevent the capillaries from damage. When looking at the systemic circulation, time is taken to look at the coronary arteries and renal artery as students have to be aware of these vessels in addition to the ones associated with the heart. In the final part of the lesson, students are challenged to explain how the structure of the heart generates a higher pressure in the systemic circulation and then to explain why the differing pressures are necessary. This lesson has been written to tie in with the other uploaded lessons from topic 3.4.1 (mass transport in animals)
AQA AS Biology REVISION LESSONS
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AQA AS Biology REVISION LESSONS

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This bundle of 4 revision lessons covers the content in topics 1 - 4 of the AQA A-level Biology specification that are taught during year 12 (AS) of the two-year course. Each of the lessons has been designed to include a range of exam questions, differentiated tasks and quiz competitions that will motivate the students whilst they evaluate their understanding of the different sub-topics. Helpful hints are given throughout the lesson to aid the students in structuring their answers and the mathematical elements of the course are constantly challenged as well. The 4 topics covered by this bundle are: Topic 1:Biological molecules Topic 2: Cells Topic 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment Topic 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
Rates of reaction
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Rates of reaction

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A fully-resourced lesson which looks at the meaning of the rate of reaction and guides students through calculating both the mean and instantaneous rate of reaction. The lesson includes a concise lesson presentation (19 slides) and a question worksheet which is differentiated two ways. The lesson begins by challenging the students to suggest the missing factor in the rate of reaction equation so they can learn that either the mass of a reactant or a mass of a product could be used. Links are made to practical skills as students will understand that if a product is in the gaseous form, the volume produced within a set time will enable the rate to be calculated. Worked examples are used to show the students how to calculate the mean rate of reaction and then the instantaneous using a tangent. The rest of the lesson involves collecting data from an experiment to calculate the rate of reaction. The questions associated with the practical have been differentiated so students who need assistance can still access the learning. This lesson has been written for GCSE students
AQA GCSE Combined Science B1 REVISION (Cell biology)
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AQA GCSE Combined Science B1 REVISION (Cell biology)

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An engaging lesson presentation (64 slides) and associated worksheets that uses a combination of exam questions, quick tasks and quiz competitions to help the students to assess their understanding of the topics found within unit B1 (Cell Biology) of the AQA GCSE Combined Science specification (specification point 4.1). The topics that are tested within the lesson include: Eukaryotes and prokaryotes Animal and plant cells Microscopy Chromosomes The cell cycle including mitosis Stem cells Diffusion Osmosis Active transport Students will be engaged through the numerous activities including quiz rounds like “SPOT the CELL” and “Take the Hotseat” whilst crucially being able to recognise those areas which need further attention
OCR A-level Biology Module 5.1.5 REVISION (Plant and Animal responses)
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OCR A-level Biology Module 5.1.5 REVISION (Plant and Animal responses)

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A fully resourced revision lesson which uses a range of exam questions (with explained answers), quick tasks and quiz competitions to enable the students to assess their understanding of the topics found within module 5.1.5 (Plant and animal responses) of the OCR A-level Biology A specification. The topics tested within this lesson include: Investigating tropisms The mammalian nervous system The brain Reflex actions Controlling heart rate Muscle Muscle contraction Student will enjoy the range of tasks and quiz rounds whilst crucially being able to recognise any areas which require further attention
The cell cycle (OCR A-level Biology A)
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The cell cycle (OCR A-level Biology A)

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This lesson describes the processes that take place during interphase, mitosis and cytokinesis and outlines how checkpoints regulate the cell cycle. The PowerPoint and accompanying resources have been designed to cover points 2.1.6 (a & b) of the OCR A-level Biology specification and prepares the students for the upcoming lessons on the main stages of mitosis and its significance in life cycles The students were introduced to the cell cycle at GCSE so this lesson has been planned to build on that knowledge and to emphasise that the M phase which includes mitosis (nuclear division) only occupies a small part of the cycle. The students will learn that interphase is the main stage and that this is split into three phases, G1, S and G2. A range of tasks which include exam-style questions, guided discussion points and quick quiz competitions are used to introduce key terms and values and to describe the main processes that occur in a very specific order. There is also a focus on the checkpoints, such as the restriction point that occurs before the S phase to ensure that the cell is ready for DNA replication. Extra time is taken to ensure that key terminology is included and understood, such as sister chromatid and centromere, and this focus helps to show how it is possible for genetically identical daughter cells to be formed at the end of the cycle. Important details of mitosis are introduced so students are ready for the next lesson, before the differences in cytokinesis in animal and plant cells are described.
Sexual reproduction
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Sexual reproduction

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A concise lesson presentation (26 slides) that looks at how sexual reproduction leads to variation and considers the advantages and disadvantages of this form of reproduction. The lesson begins by getting the students to recognise that sexual reproduction needs two parents and therefore two gametes. Time is taken to ensure that students understand that these gametes are produced by meiosis and therefore contain the haploid number of chromosomes. Key terminology like haploid and zygote are used throughout the lesson. This lesson is suitable for both KS3 and GCSE students
Specific heat capacity
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Specific heat capacity

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A detailed lesson presentation (25 slides) that introduces students to the difficult topic of specific heat capacity. Students are guided through the equation for energy transferred and shown how to rearrange the equation, so they are able to tackle the question, no matter the subject of the question. There are regular opportunities for students to apply their new found knowledge to questions and to assess themselves against the answers. Quick games and competitions are also used to maintain engagement. If you choose to download this lesson, it would be much appreciated if you would take just a few seconds to write a review so I can improve my practice and other teachers can see if this resource is right for them. Thank you in advance.
The Collision Theory
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The Collision Theory

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A concise lesson presentation (20 slides) that looks at how the collision theory is related to the rate of reaction. This is a short lesson that would be taught at the beginning of the topic that looks at the rate of reaction and the factors that affect the rate. Students are challenged with a quick competition that gets them to recognise keywords which are involved in the collision theory. Some time is then taken to focus on "activation energy" and how this is shown on a reaction profile. Finally, students will use their keywords to form a clear definition for the collision theory which includes its link to the rate of reaction so this can be used in the upcoming lessons This lesson has ultimately been designed for GCSE students but can be used with all age groups as an introduction to the topic