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Hello! Welcome to my shop. Please take a moment to browse. I create fun and interactive pupil-led activities for GCSE and A-level biology. As a secondary school teacher I've implemented the things I've always wanted in my lessons, into my resources. That is, engaging, high quality resources that truly impact learning. And this needs to be done with as little fuss as possible - time efficiency is paramount. That is why you'll find my full lesson resources to be all in one file, ready to go!

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Hello! Welcome to my shop. Please take a moment to browse. I create fun and interactive pupil-led activities for GCSE and A-level biology. As a secondary school teacher I've implemented the things I've always wanted in my lessons, into my resources. That is, engaging, high quality resources that truly impact learning. And this needs to be done with as little fuss as possible - time efficiency is paramount. That is why you'll find my full lesson resources to be all in one file, ready to go!
Cloning and biotechnology NEW A-Level biology spec: Natural & artificial cloning, Biotech, Culturing
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Cloning and biotechnology NEW A-Level biology spec: Natural & artificial cloning, Biotech, Culturing

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This is an entire lesson series for the Chapter: Cloning and Biotechnology for the NEW OCR A-level specification which has vast overlap with the AQA spec. There are a total of 124 PowerPoint presentation slides partitioned into individual lessons with identifiable lesson objectives. The scheme of work has been developed to engage your students through an array of different learning activities and will form the basis for the entire lesson series. It comes complete with answers to activities and practice exam questions so you don’t need to spend the time hunting for answers. It includes accurate and high quality information slides interspersed with pupil activities for the following sub-topics within the Chapter Cloning and Biotechnology: Natural clones: vegetative propagation Clones in plants: tissue culture, micropropagation, artificial cloning Artificial clones in animals: reproductive cloning, embryo splitting, somatic cell nuclear transfer, non-reproductive cloning Biotechnology: today and yesterday, advantages of using microorganisms Using biotechnology to make food: yoghurt, cheese, baking, alcohol, single-cell protein Other processes involving biotechnology, antibiotic and insulin production, bioremediation, asepsis Microorganism cultures: aseptic technique, practical (in pictures) using dye to streak agar Population growth: serial dilution practical, growth curve data to plot, phases of growth Immobilised enzymes: Advantages of use, methods for immobilisation, Industrial uses of immobilised enzymes, practical using alginate beads
13.4 DNA and the genome GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology
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13.4 DNA and the genome GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

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This resource is designed for the new AQA GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology specification. Everything you need is within the powerpoint - just print the worksheets from there, but I’ve also included the activities as pdf files in case you prefer to print from individual files. It includes several different activities to cover the following learning objectives: Recall that DNA is the material of inheritance (Grade 4) Describe what a genome is (Grade 6) Explain applications for genetics (Grade 8) There are extension activities included and all activities come with a mark scheme/crib sheet or marking guidance for self or peer assessment.
11.8 Infertility Treatments GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology
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11.8 Infertility Treatments GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

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Content is for the NEW AQA GCSE biology specification. GCSE Biology lesson plan/PowerPoint presentation contains all the activities and resources (in one file!) to achieve the following learning objectives: Describe how hormones can be used to treat infertility (higher tier only) - starter task to watch video and answer the corresponding questions - challenge question for differentiation included (answers included); what is infertility? information slide; what is IVF? information slide; sorting task on advantages/disadvantages of IVF (sheet for printing for pupils to fill out, integrated answers included); Interpret data on IVF birth rates - differentiated worksheet on analysing data of multiple births and IVF (integrated answers included); gap-fill plenary task (sheet for printing for pupils to fill out, integrated answers); alternative plenary task to order the stages in the IVF process (sheet for printing with challenge and extension questions, integrated answers); homework/exam practise - exam questions on fertility treatments (integrated answers).
11.4 The role of negative feedback GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology
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11.4 The role of negative feedback GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

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Content is for the NEW AQA GCSE biology specification. GCSE Biology lesson plan/PowerPoint presentation contains all the activities and resources (in one file!) to achieve the following learning objectives: identify the organs involved in regulating metabolism - starter task to identify organs (pupils have come across these organs in earlier lessons on blood glucose regulation); information slides on the thyroid gland and adrenal glands; mini-plenary: gap fill exercise (answers included). to describe what thyroxine does in the body - information slides for pupils to read and ask questions; mini-plenary: gap fill exercise (answers included). to explain the importance of negative feedback systems - card sort activity with template sheet for pupils to identify the glands involved in negative feedback of thyroxine and its effects on the body (answers included); exam questions on negative feedback in controlling blood glucose levels (answers included). Mini-plenary, plenary and AfL: gap fill tasks (answers included for peer or self-assessment), sorting task - glands and the negative-feedback template sheet (answers included), exam-style questions (answers included).
Section 2. Cells. 3.2 The Electron Microscope Year 12 Biology
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Section 2. Cells. 3.2 The Electron Microscope Year 12 Biology

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Section 2. Cells. 3.2 The Electron Microscope Year 12 AQA Biology This lesson plan/presentation provides you with a high quality lesson that includes all the necessary activities and resources for the following learning objectives: 1) Explain how electron microscopes work - engaging starter activity where pupils are shown a series of images and they must decide if each image is taken using a light or electron microscope. Extension is to identify what the micrograph is - answers provided in the presentation. 2) Explain the differences between a transmission electron microscope and a scanning electron microscope - information slides are provided on the early microscopes of Leeuwenhoek and Hooke and what are compound microscopes - activity to label the Compound microscope - the labelling diagram is prepared for you as a hidden slide - just print! Answers provided in the powerpoint for peer or self review (AfL). 3) Describe the limitation of the transmission and the scanning electron microscopes - pupils are given an information sheets spread around the room on the compound microscope, transmission and scanning electron microscopes (hidden slides - just print!) and hunt the answers to complete their table on comparing each type of microscope. Answers provided in presentation. The lesson finishes with a self-evaluation where pupils can reflect on their learning objectives and identify their corresponding level.
7.4 and 7.5 Diet, exercise, disease, alcohol and carcinogens NEW GCSE Biology specification
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7.4 and 7.5 Diet, exercise, disease, alcohol and carcinogens NEW GCSE Biology specification

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Content is for the NEW AQA GCSE biology specification. This lesson plan and PowerPoint presentation contains all of the activities (in one file!) to achieve the following learning objectives: 1) To describe the effect of diet and exercise on the development of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes 2) To describe how alcohol affects the liver, the brain, unborn babies 3) To identify carcinogens There are a range of activities to choose from: video, sorting tasks, exam questions, data analysis and comprehension questions. There is too much material to cover in one lesson - you will have to select what is better suited for your class. There are several challenge questions and differentiated tasks scattered throughout.
Photosynthesis, Respiration and Homeostasis worksheets NEW GCSE Biology
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Photosynthesis, Respiration and Homeostasis worksheets NEW GCSE Biology

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For the NEW AQA GCSE specification in Biology. Worksheets (and answers) to meet the following learning objectives for each lesson identified below: 8.2 Rates of Photosynthesis (worksheet) - which factors limit the rate of photosynthesis in plants - identify correlations - analyse and interpret scientific data 9.1 Aerobic Respiration (worksheets plus answers) The chemistry of what aerobic respiration is Why cellular respiration is so important 9.3 Anaerobic Respiration (worksheet plus answers) - Why less energy is transferred by anaerobic respiration than by aerobic respiration - What is meant by oxygen debt (Higher only) 9.4 Metabolism and the liver (worksheet plus answers) - That metabolism is the sum of all the reactions in a cell or the body of an organism - How the liver is involved in repaying the oxygen debt (higher) 10.1 Principles of homeostasis (worksheet plus answers) - Why it is important to control your internal environment - The key elements of control systems 10.2 Structure and function of the nervous system (Required practical investigation worksheet plus answers) - Why you need a nervous system - How the structure of the nervous system is adapted to its function - How receptors enable you to respond to changes in your surroundings 10.4 The brain (practical investigation worksheet plus answers) - How to measure learning - How scientists find out about the structure and functions of the brain
11.10 Using Plant Hormones GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology
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11.10 Using Plant Hormones GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

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A complete lesson with a variety of pupil-led activities to achieve the following learning objectives: Describe different commercial uses of auxins (grade 4) Explain how auxins / gibberellins cause these effects in that use (grade 6) Analyse the effect of plant hormones on plant growth data (grade 8)
14.2 Plant growth factors NEW Year 13 Biology specification
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14.2 Plant growth factors NEW Year 13 Biology specification

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This 45-slide PowerPoint includes all the activities (in one file) required to achieve the following learning objectives: 1) Describe the stimuli that plants respond to 2) Describe plant growth factors such as IAA 3) Explain phototropism in flowering plants 4) Explain gravitropism in flowering plants All answers to the activities are included and fully integrated into the PowerPoint.
Anaerobic respiration Experiments - practical lesson on anaerobic respiration
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Anaerobic respiration Experiments - practical lesson on anaerobic respiration

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This resource focuses on the following lesson objectives for exam boards AQA/OCR: Describe anaerobic respiration Develop practical skills to investigate anaerobic respiration Explain observations from an investigation It uses a series of three different experiments that are simple but effective investigations looking at anaerobic respiration in yeast. Each experiment can be set up by one pair or group of students and then students can move around the room and view the set up of the other experiments and make their own predictions and observations for each. The entire lesson with all activities, crib sheets/mark schemes is contained within one file (ready for printing), however I have included separate pdf files if you prefer to print the worksheets and resources from single files. The Equipment Help Cards, Questions to Consider and Sentence Starters and Endings all lend themselves to supporting lower ability students to complete the activities to the best of their ability. Extension activities are included as well as a choice of Exam practice questions that could be used as homework tasks.
6.10 Absorption of the products of digestion NEW Year 12 Biology specification
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6.10 Absorption of the products of digestion NEW Year 12 Biology specification

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This PowerPoint includes all the activities (in one file) required to achieve the following learning objectives: 1) Explain how the structure of the ileum is adapted for the function of absorption (C grade) 2) Explain how monosaccharides and amino acids are absorbed (B grade) 3) Explain how triglycerides are absorbed (A/A* grade) All answers to the activities are included and fully integrated into the PowerPoint.
11.5 & 11.6 Human Reproduction and Hormones in the Menstrual Cycle GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology
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11.5 & 11.6 Human Reproduction and Hormones in the Menstrual Cycle GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

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Content is for the NEW AQA GCSE biology specification. GCSE Biology lesson plan/PowerPoint presentation contains all the activities and resources (in one file!) to achieve the following learning objectives: 1) Describe the roles of hormones in sexual reproduction - label glands (extension to describe what they do); information slides on reproductive hormones - linking task, hormone-gland-effect on the body; definitions (inhibit/stimulate); exam questions; differentiated worksheet on the menstrual cycle hormones. 2) Explain how hormones interact in the menstrual cycle - information slide on steps of the menstrual cycle - linking task, hormone-gland-effect on the body; ordering task: sequence of changes in the menstrual cycle; a game of Guess Who?, pupils read job descriptions and have to guess the gland/organ/hormone involved; exam questions. There are mini-plenaries throughout to check understanding of this difficult topic, there are options for plenary and AfL tasks from sorting tasks, linking tasks, literacy and numeracy with graph reading skills, practice exam questions and a worksheet. ALL these activities come complete with PRINTABLE slides and FULLY INTEGRATED answers for peer or self-assessment. And hence why everything is contained within one PowerPoint.
7.1 and 7.3 Non-communicable diseases and smoking NEW GCSE Biology specification
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7.1 and 7.3 Non-communicable diseases and smoking NEW GCSE Biology specification

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Content is for the NEW AQA GCSE biology specification. GCSE Biology lesson plan/PowerPoint presentation that includes all the activities and resources (in one file!) to achieve the following learning objectives. Activities are differentiated with challenge questions to complete. Answers are provided in the PowerPoint for peer or self-assessment. Data interpretation and mathematical calculations are included to develop How Science Works skills. 1) what a lifestyle factor is 2) how scientists consider risks by evaluating the human and financial costs involved 3) what a causal mechanism is 4) how smoking affects the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, lung disease and lung cancer 5) the effect of smoking on unborn babies
Patterns of inheritance NEW A-level biology specification: Variation, Discontinuous, Mono & Dihybrid
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Patterns of inheritance NEW A-level biology specification: Variation, Discontinuous, Mono & Dihybrid

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This is an entire lesson series for Patterns of Inheritance for the NEW OCR A-level specification which has vast overlap with the AQA spec. There are a total of 151 PowerPoint presentation slides partitioned into individual lessons with identifiable lesson objectives. The scheme of work has been developed to engage your students through learning activities and will form the basis for the entire topic of Patterns of Inheritance. It includes accurate and high quality information slides interspersed with pupil activities for the following sub-topics within the chapter on Patterns of Inheritance: 1) Variation: intraspecific and interspecific; the affects of genes and environment on phenotype 2) Causes of Genetic Variation: crossing over; independent assortment; random segregation 3) Monhybrid Inheritance: incomplete dominance; codominance 4) Dihybrid Inheritance: autosomal linkage; sex-linked; hemizygosity 5) Multiple alleles and Epistasis 6) The Chi-squared test 7) Factors affecting the evolution of a species (stabilising & directional selection), Genetic drift, Bottlenecks and the Founder Effect 8) The Hardy-Weinberg Principle 9) Isolating mechanisms in forming new species including artificial selection
7.2 Transport of oxygen by haemoglobin NEW Year 12 Biology specification
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7.2 Transport of oxygen by haemoglobin NEW Year 12 Biology specification

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This lesson plan/presentation includes all the activities (including student worksheets/mark schemes/homework tasks and assessment guidance) required to achieve the following learning objectives: 1) Describe the nature of an oxygen dissociation curve - Activity 1: to complete key definitions using a link to a video resource that will support students to complete the definitions; Activity 2: competition to be completed in groups to collect as much information as possible within a 60 second period (resource provided in the PowerPoint for printing); Activity 3: annotation of the pupil worksheet (resource provided in the PowerPoint for printing) aims to consolidate the information from Activity 2; Exam Question with Mark Scheme (provided in the PowerPoint) 2) Explain the effect of carbon dioxide concentration on the curve and the reasons why - Activity 4: identifying the % saturation of oxygen in the tissues and in the lung on a graph (resource provided in the PowerPoint for printing); Exam Question with Mark Scheme (provided in the PowerPoint); an idea for a student homework activity looks to have students discuss the factors that affect the oxygen disassociation curve (pH, CO2 concentration, exercise and temperature) is outlined (information for assessing homework is provided in the PowerPoint). 3) Explain how the properties of the haemoglobins in different organisms relate to the environment and way of life of the organism concerned - Starter task: probes questions on the structure of haemoglobin in different species then puts this into context by considering the lugworm, the llama and small organisms (mice) with a higher metabolic rate.
The Eye - Biology GCSE Kaleidocycle
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The Eye - Biology GCSE Kaleidocycle

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2 x Hexagonal Kaleidocycles. One for fun (!) and one for summarising everything you need to know about the eye including: 1) Structure of the eye 2) Accommodation 3) Myopia 4) Hyperopia Once made pupils can be instructed to talk about each hexagonal face of the kaleidocycle and teach each other about the eye.