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I'm a Science teacher of 13 years who is passionate about designing and developing lessons to maximise progress in my classroom. I truly believe that making the Powerpoints as professional as possible can raise engagement and I pride myself on creating new tasks and ideas to motivate all. I hope you enjoy the lessons I've shared!

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I'm a Science teacher of 13 years who is passionate about designing and developing lessons to maximise progress in my classroom. I truly believe that making the Powerpoints as professional as possible can raise engagement and I pride myself on creating new tasks and ideas to motivate all. I hope you enjoy the lessons I've shared!
Autosomal Linkage
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Autosomal Linkage

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An informative lesson presentation (25 slides) that guides students through the topic of autosomal linkage, so that they can understand how phenotypic ratios can be used to make suggestions about genetic inheritance. The lesson begins by introducing students to the fact that more than one gene are found on each chromosome and therefore the likelihood of these genes being inherited together increases, which is known as linkage. Students will be given numerous results of genetic crosses and shown how to use the number of original phenotypes and the number of recombinants to make judgements about the loci of the genes on the chromosome and how much affect crossing over had on the results. There are regular progress checks so that students can assess their understanding. This lesson has been designed for A level Biology students
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.
Metals and non-metals
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Metals and non-metals

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A fun, engaging and detailed lesson presentation (29 slides) on the properties of metals and non-metals. This lesson focuses on the key properties and their key terms such as malleable and ductile. A number of quick competitions are used to introduce these terms to the students and once provided with the definitions, the students are expected to put these properties correctly with the metals (or non-metals). Progress checks occur throughout the lesson so that the understanding of the students can be checked. This lesson is designed for both KS3 and GCSE students.
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
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
Codominance and multiple alleles
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Codominance and multiple alleles

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This is a fully-resourced lesson that looks at the inheritance of multiple alleles characteristics and alleles that are co-dominant. This lesson includes an informative and detailed lesson presentation (22 slides) and a differentiated question worksheet. The inheritance of the ABO human blood groups displays both co-dominance and multiple alleles and is therefore used to introduce and explain both of these characteristics. Students will be meet the three alleles that can be found at the locus on chromosome 9 and will be challenged to write down all of the possible genotypes. Moving forwards, having met the definition of co-dominance, students will recognise that the 6 different genotypes only produces 4 different phenotypes. Progress checks have been written into the lesson at regular intervals, which check on learning from the current lesson as well as related topics such as monogenic inheritance. Time is taken to go through the understanding and interpretation of genetic trees and students are challenged to identify phenotypes from a tree. This question is differentiated so that students of all abilities can access the learning. The final part of the lesson involves one final understanding check question where a characteristic displays co-dominance in a cat to test that students can apply their knowledge away from a human. This lesson has been written for A-level students but could be used with younger students who want to explore genetics to a deeper level than that experienced at GCSE,
OCR A-level Biology REVISION
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OCR A-level Biology REVISION

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This bundle of 6 lesson presentations covers a lot of the key material in Modules 2,3,4,5 & 6 of the OCR A-level Biology specification in a revision format. The combination of exam questions with explained answers, understanding checks, quick tasks and engaging quiz competitions enables students to assess their understanding of the different topics and prioritise their work going forward.
OCR A-level Biology Module 4 REVISION (Biodiversity, evolution and disease)
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OCR A-level Biology Module 4 REVISION (Biodiversity, evolution and disease)

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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 4 (Biodiversity, evolution and disease) of the OCR A-level Biology specification. The topics tested within this lesson include: Communicable diseases, biodiversity, classification and evolution Student will enjoy the range of tasks and quiz rounds whilst crucially being able to recognise any areas which require further attention
Monoclonal antibodies
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Monoclonal antibodies

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An engaging lesson presentation (32 slides) and differentiated worksheets that look at the meaning of the substances termed monoclonal antibodies, explains how they are produced and explores their different applications. The lesson begins by breaking the term down into three parts so that students can understand that these substances are proteins that attach to antigens and come from a single clone of cells. Students will meet key terms such as lymphocytes, myelomas and hybridomas and will be able to link them to understand how these antibodies are produced. Moving forwards, time is taken to focus on the application of monoclonal antibodies in pregnancy tests. There are regular progress checks throughout the lesson so that students can assess their understanding and a set homework is included as part of the lesson. This lesson has been written for GCSE students but can be used with lower ability A-level students who are studying this topic
Sex-linkage
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Sex-linkage

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A fully-resourced lesson that looks at the inheritance of genes that have their loci on the sex chromosomes. This lesson includes a concise, detailed lesson presentation (27 slides) and a exam question worksheet. The lesson begins by introducing the students to the idea that the 23rd pair of chromosomes in humans are not a homologous pair. Students will see that the Y chromosome is smaller than the X chromosome and will be challenged to explain why males are more likely to suffer from diseases which are carried on the X chromosome. Moving forwards, students are shown how to draw genetic diagrams to carry out crosses including sex-linked characteristics. Time is taken to ensure that students are clear on how to write the parent genotypes and gametes before starting the cross as this is an area where mistakes are commonly made. There are progress checks throughout the lesson so that students can assess their understanding. This lesson has been written for students studying A-level Biology but can be used with those students studying Biology at GCSE where this topic has now entered some of the specifications.
Series and Parallel circuits
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Series and Parallel circuits

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A fully-resourced lesson that explores how resistance, current and potential difference differ between series and parallel circuits. This knowledge needs to be sound in order for students to be able to carry out circuit calculations. The lesson includes a practical and task-based lesson presentation (24 slides) and an accompanying worksheet. The lesson begins by challenging the students to recognise the key difference between the two circuits, in that in a parallel circuits, the electrons can follow more than one route. Moving forwards, each physical factor is investigated in each type of circuits and students carry out tasks or calculations to back up any theory given. Helpful analogies and hints are provided to guide the students through this topic which is sometimes poorly understood. Students will be challenged to use the V = IR equation on a number of occasions so that they are comfortable to find out any of these three factors. Progress checks have been written into the lesson at regular intervals so that students are constantly assessing their understanding and any misconceptions can be addressed. This has been written for GCSE students, but could be potentially used with higher ability KS3 students.
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
The autonomic control of HEART RATE
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The autonomic control of HEART RATE

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This is a fully-resourced lesson that looks at how the heart rate is controlled and can either increase or decrease through the involvement of the medulla oblongata and the autonomic nervous system. Students are introduced to the key structures involved such as the chemoreceptors and the sympathetic and parasympathetic motor neurones as well as the chemicals that are released in the respective controls. A step by step guide is used to go through the detection of a decrease in pH levels that leads to the response of an increased heart rate. As you can see from the cover image, students have to make inputs into each of the steps using what they learned at the start of the lesson as well as their knowledge of related topics such as the coordination of the heart beat. Using what they have seen, the students are then challenged to write a passage to describe the response to an increase in blood pH. This task is differentiated with an assistance passage available for those who find it too difficult to access the learning. This lesson has been written for A-level students and ties in well with related lessons on the autonomic nervous system and homeostatic control
Pure and impure substances
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Pure and impure substances

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An engaging lesson presentation (39 slides) with associated differentiated worksheets that looks at they key differences between pure and impure substances and briefly explores how a mixture like an alloy can still be very useful. The lesson begins by challenging the students to recognise 4 diagrams of pure substances from a selection of 5. This will lead students to the definition of pure (in Science) which is likely to be different to what they have encountered in everyday language. The next task gets the students to draw a graph showing the melting and boiling points of pure water. This will enable them to compare the melting point against that of an impure substance and therefore recognise that this difference can be used as point to decide on purity. An example of gritting is used to explain how this change in melting point can be utilised and then the students are challenged to apply this new-found knowledge to the situation of adding salt to boiling water when making pasta. The remainder of the lesson focuses on some famous mixtures. Beginning with air, students will be able to visualise how this mixture is made of a number of gases, each with different boiling points which allows them to be separated by fractional distillation. Alloys are briefly explored so that students know why these mixtures are used for certain functions over pure metals and the summary passage for this task has been differentiated two ways so that all can access the work. Progress checks have been written into the lesson at regular intervals so that students can check their understanding and a range of quick quiz competitions are used to maintain engagement whilst introducing new terms in a fun manner. If you want to look into alloys in greater detail, then this lesson could be combined with the one named “alloys” which is also uploaded.
Stopping distances
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Stopping distances

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A fully-resourced lesson that looks at the meaning of thinking, braking and stopping distances and focuses on the factors that would cause each of them to increase. The lesson includes an engaging lesson presentation (45 slides) and an associated worksheet for the calculations. The lesson begins by introducing the term stopping distance and then challenging students to recognise that both the distance travelled during the driver’s reaction time and under the braking force will contribute to this. Students are constantly challenged to think about the factors that would cause either the thinking or braking distance to increase and to be able to explain why scientifically. Moving forwards, the mathematical element that is associated with this topic is explored as students are shown how to calculate the braking distance at different speeds as well as convert between speeds in miles per hour and metres per second. There is also a set homework included as part of the lesson. There are regular progress checks written into the lesson so that students can assess their understanding. This lesson has been written for GCSE students but could be used with those at KS3.
Sampling techniques
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Sampling techniques

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A fully-resourced lesson that looks at the different sampling methods that can be used to estimate the populations of animals and plants in a habitat and to analyse how their distribution is affected, The lesson includes a detailed and engaging lesson presentation (56 slides) and differentiated worksheets so that students of different abilities are challenged and can access the work. The lesson begins by looking at the use of a quadrat to estimate the population of plants in a habitat. There is a focus on the mathematical calculations associated with the method and students are given hints and worked examples so that any common misconceptions are addressed. Moving forwards, students are introduced to the capture-mark-recapture technique to sample animals. The rest of the lesson looks at alternative pieces of apparatus, such as the sweep net, and discusses situations when these would be used. This lesson has been written for GCSE students (14 - 16 year olds in the UK) but is appropriate for both younger students who are learning about ecology and also for A-level students who need a recap on this topic.
Gene mutations
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Gene mutations

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This is a fully-resourced lesson which is filled with a student-led tasks which enable them to observe and then learn to explain how a gene mutation can affect the primary structure of a protein. Due to the crossover between this topic and others such as structure of the nucleic acids and protein synthesis, students will constantly be assessing their knowledge of the topic at hand as well as previous knowledge. The lesson begins by revisiting the genetic code and ensuring that students understand the meaning of the key terms, near universal, degenerate and non-overlapping. It is important that these three are understood, especially the latter two, if students are going to be able to explain how a substitution mutation can have no effect on the structure and how an addition or deletion can have a massive effect. Time is taken to go back over important details such as the structure of DNA and RNA and then students will have to use the RNA codon table to find out the amino acids that would have been coded for by a non-mutated length of DNA. This primary structure will act as the control and then will be compared against after each mutation. Students will work through three substitution mutations and learn that the different primary structures are known as a missense, a nonsense and a silent mutation. Moving forwards, students will be challenged to suggest why addition or deletion mutations can have such a big effect. They will be introduced to the key term, frame shift, and again examples are used to enable them to visualise this mutation. Progress checks have been written into the lesson at regular intervals so that students can assess their understanding. This lesson has been written for A-level 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.
Homeostasis
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Homeostasis

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A concise lesson presentation (19 slides) and associated worksheet (newspaper articles) that introduces students to the process of homeostasis in the human body and the three main factors (water potential, blood glucose, temperature) that are controlled by this system. The lesson begins by getting the students to work out a code to give them an exemplary definition for homeostasis. A newspaper article is used to get the students to recognise the three factors that are controlled. A quick competition is used to show the students the main parts of any homeostatic control system. This lesson is designed for GCSE students but could be used with both KS3 and A-level as a quick recap
Chromatography
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Chromatography

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A detailed, engaging and informative lesson presentation (50 slides) and accompanying worksheets that looks at the commonly misunderstood topic of chromatography. This lesson goes through paper, thin-layer and gas chromatography so that students can analyse and interpret the results that would be found on a chromatogram. The lesson begins by challenging the students to recall details of this separation method when they met it at KS3. Students will meet the two chemical phases, mobile and stationary, and begin to understand that this method relies on the distribution of substances between these two phases. Students will meet the calculation for retention factor and be shown how to tackle questions on this topic before trying themselves. Time is taken to go over the details of gas chromatography, in a step by step guide format, as this is a poorly understood topic. There are progress checks throughout the lesson, which include mark schemes and detailed explanations, so that students can assess their understanding and address any misconceptions that could arise. This lesson has been written for GCSE students but could be used with A-level students