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Hello! Welcome to my shop. Please take a moment to browse. I create fun and interactive pupil-led activities for KS3, 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 - 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 KS3, 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 - efficiency is paramount. That is why you'll find my full lesson resources to be all in one file, ready to go!
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).
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.
6.3 Gas exchange in fish and insects Year 12 NEW biology OCR specification
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6.3 Gas exchange in fish and insects Year 12 NEW biology OCR specification

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This resource includes a 38-slide PowerPoint that will take up to two full lessons to complete. The presentation alternates between high-quality information slides and student-focused activities and includes mini-plenaries throughout. It covers the following learning objectives for the OCR A-level specification (-with significant overlap for AQA) detailed below. Alongside each objective I have detailed the options for activities that are included in the resource. You will find every activity to have a corresponding mark scheme that is integrated into the PowerPoint to aid easy peer/self-assessment. Describe the mechanism of ventilation and gas exchange in bony fish and insects (Grade C): Starter: fishy jokes; information slides on Fick’s Law, the structure of fish gills; mini-plenary to discuss how gill structure is related to function - link to video to support less able students; Gas exchange in bony fish worksheet; Mini-plenary to create a table on Ventilation Structures and Functions; Summary Qs and mark scheme. Explain the countercurrent flow mechanism (Grade B): Countercurrent flow information slides; countercurrent flow - link to online animation; Becoming a gas exchange surface role play activity; Gas exchange in bony fish worksheet; Summary Qs and mark scheme. Examine the gaseous exchange system of a bony fish and insect trachea (Grade A): Dissection of a bony fish - link to online method; homework task for students to write their own method; Gaseous exchange in insects information slides; Stucture and Function of the Tracheal System worksheet and mark scheme; Ventilation and one-way flow in insects information slides; Ventilation Feature and Effects mini-plenary; Quality of Written Communication Exam Question and mark scheme. Hope it helps you save time in your planning! Any feedback is much appreciated.
5.3 and 5.4 Growing bacteria in the lab &  preventing bacterial growth GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology
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5.3 and 5.4 Growing bacteria in the lab & preventing bacterial growth GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

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Twenty five slides (two complete lessons) of fun and engaging activities with integrated answers compiled for the NEW GCSE Biology specification. Prepared with differentiated activities to achieve the following learning objectives: Bacteria multiply by simple cell division - starter video of bacterial division and discussion; video on different microorganisms - identify as many as you can! How to grow (at lower temperatures) and use uncontaminated cultures of bacteria - sterile technique (aseptic technique) information slides; extended writing task to describe the process using the diagrams and video information - scaffolding with identified key words/terms to include; storage of plates information and brief writing task; linking activity on culture mediums; ordering task of the steps involved in growing microorganisms in the lab. Calculate the number of bacteria in a population - enumeration of bacteria information slide and worked example to try followed by differentiated questions to calculate bacterial populations with fully integrated answers. The effect of disinfectants and antibiotics on bacterial growth - the great microbiology quiz activity; plenary linking terms to their roles in preventing bacterial growth.
6.5 Limiting water loss NEW Year 12 Biology specification
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6.5 Limiting water loss NEW Year 12 Biology specification

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This PowerPoint includes all the activities (in one file) to achieve the following learning objectives: 1) Describe how plants limit water loss 2) Explain how xerophytes conserve water 3) Compare/contrast the conservation of water in plants and insects The activities included are: starter sorting activity to link terminology of plants with their descriptor (integrated answers in PowerPoint); think pair share activity on the theory of water potential (integrated answers in PowerPoint); information cards for pupil-led activity to complete information in a table on features and adaptations of xerophytes (integrated answers in PowerPoint); exam questions (integrated answers in PowerPoint).
13.3 The Best of Both Worlds GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology (Pros & cons of Sexual & Asexual Reproduction)
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13.3 The Best of Both Worlds GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology (Pros & cons of Sexual & Asexual Reproduction)

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Content is for the NEW AQA GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology specification. This GCSE Biology lesson plan/PowerPoint presentation contains all the activities and resources (in one file!) to achieve the following learning objectives: Recall how organisms adapt to changing circumstances (Grade 4) -information slides; summary questions and answers Describe the advantages and disadvantages of both forms of reproduction (Grade 6) - starter activity: pupils given statements which they must identify as being an advantage or disadvantage of sexual or asexual reproduction; summary questions and answers; practise exam questions and mark scheme Explain how organisms can reproduce both sexually and asexually (Grade 8) - Video link with corresponding questions on plasmodium parasite lifecycle; puzzle to cut and sort together to depict the lifecycle of the malarial parasite All activities include the answers for peer or self-assessment.
Sexual and asexual reproduction, mitosis, meiosis, DNA and the genome, DNA structure and protein synthesis
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Sexual and asexual reproduction, mitosis, meiosis, DNA and the genome, DNA structure and protein synthesis

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GCSE biology (Grade 1-9) resources for the following lessons: Types of Reproduction (sexual and asexual) Production of gametes by Meiosis The advantages of sexual and asexual reproduction DNA and the genome DNA structure and protein synthesis All student activities and corresponding mark schemes are embedded into the PowerPoints but can be easily exported to pdf format for printing (or just print directly from the PowerPoint). Some of this material is for the biology only* award (*triple science course) and some of this material is for the combined science award (double award otherwise known as the trilogy course).
13.5 DNA structure and protein synthesis GCSE Grade 1-9 triple biology content
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13.5 DNA structure and protein synthesis GCSE Grade 1-9 triple biology content

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This resource is designed for the new AQA GCSE (Grade 1-9) TRIPLE Biology ONLY* specification. Everything you need is within the PowerPoint - just print the activities from there, but I have also included the exam questions as a separate file in case you prefer to print from individual files. The complete lesson includes multiple lesson activities, mini-plenaries and exam practice built into high quality PowerPoint slides. The following learning objectives are covered within this lesson: Recall the base paired structure of DNA (Grade 4) - video, recap questions Explain steps in the process of protein synthesis (Grade 6) - information slides, summary, practice exam questions Link the mutations in the DNA code to the proteins made (Grade 8) - information slides, practice exam question (longer answer - 5 marker). Both the slides and the word document contain the mark scheme and can be used for peer/self-assessment. I have now included the mini-plenary task as a separate file so that you can print straight from pdf rather than printing slides from the PowerPoint. *Biology ONLY content is the triple GCSE award in science
Tissue fluid, lymph A-level worksheet, exam qs & answers
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Tissue fluid, lymph A-level worksheet, exam qs & answers

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This revision resource is designed for OCR A-level Biology but is equally suitable for other boards. This resource contains: a worksheet for the topic on Transport in Animals: Tissue fluid, Lymph and Exchange at the capillaries model answers for the worksheet information card exam questions mark scheme. This resource is easily differentiated by students choosing to use the information card or completing the worksheet independently. The model answer sheet/key is included for either peer/self assessment. Students that finish early can be looking to extend their understanding by completing the exam questions with mark schemes. The worksheet and information slides are very detailed therefore it is recommended that they be printed in A3 for use. I have included pdf versions in addition to the powerpoint files as powerpoint, opened in different versions, can cause some formatting issues. The powerpoint files are there so that you can edit the resources, if you wish to do so. Topics include: Arterioles and venules; The Formation of Tissue Fluid; The Formation of Lymph; The lymphatic system; Reabsorption of tissue fluid. Other individual worksheets and exam questions are available to complete this series of lessons on Mass Transport. There is also a Bundle that includes all 5 worksheets with corresponding information sheets and exam questions. Please leave a review if you find my resources helpful. Leave three reviews and I will send you a fourth resource of similar value free via email. If you have any issues please contact me at MEstEstEst@gmail.com Thank you.
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).
Populations & sustainability: Conservation and preservation A-level biology
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Populations & sustainability: Conservation and preservation A-level biology

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This Powerpoint presentation provides a series of different student activities interspersed by information slides to keep learning active. All questions have a corresponding mark scheme included. It provides a complete lesson for the delivery of the following graded lesson objectives: Describe the differences between conservation and preservation Explain the reasons for conservation and preservation Compare direct and indirect benefits of conservation Students are then able to use the the graded lesson objectives provided to reflect on their learning at the end of the lesson. This resource is sold as a single lesson and provides an example of the content and quality of my resources for GCSE and A Level biology, many of which are sold as a much larger series of lessons. Your feedback is much appreciated.
7.6 Blood vessels, tissue fluid and lymph A-level biology NEW OCR specification
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7.6 Blood vessels, tissue fluid and lymph A-level biology NEW OCR specification

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This resource has been created for the NEW OCR A-level biology specification but has some overlap with the AQA specification. The PowerPoint contains 22 high quality slides that alternate between teacher-led information slides and student-focused activities. There are options for making the content more student-led by printing the information slides for students to read and discuss in pairs and then attempt the activity that follows. I have provided the activities in separate files for those of you who prefer to print these from .pdf files. Every activity has a mark scheme integrated into the PowerPoint (and incorporated into the pdf) so that students can easily peer or self-assess. The content may take up to two lessons to deliver and should follow the Need for Transport Systems in Animals and the different types of circulatory systems (open vs closed, single vs double). The following topics are covered within this resource: Blood vessels: arteries, arterioles, veins, venules - structure and function The composition and role of blood, plasma, tissue fluid and lymph Capillary permeability and the formation of tissue fluid The lymphatic system and formation of lymph Hydrostatic and oncotic pressures This lesson should then be followed by The Structure of The Heart. Your feedback is very much appreciated.
6.4 Gas exchange in the leaf of a plant NEW Year 12 Biology specification
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6.4 Gas exchange in the leaf of a plant NEW Year 12 Biology specification

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This PowerPoint contains all the activities (in one file) to achieve the following learning objectives: 1) Describe how plants exchange gases 2) Describe the structure of a dicotyledonous plant leaf 3) Explain the adaptations of leaves for efficient gas exchange There are a range of different tasks including, labelling the cross section of a leaf, ordering task of steps involved in stomata opening, sorting statements for function and adaptation of different features in the leaf and practise exam questions. All questions and answers for each task are fully integrated into the PowerPoint and can be used for self/peer assessment of tasks.
11.10 Using Plant Hormones GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology only TRIPLE SCIENCE
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11.10 Using Plant Hormones GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology only TRIPLE SCIENCE

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11.10 Using Plant Hormones GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology only TRIPLE SCIENCE Plant hormones is a biology only topic for your triple science group. 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)
Hormonal coordination: Principles of Hormonal Control; Control of Blood Glucose; Treating Diabetes; Role of Negative Feedback; Human Reproduction and Hormones in the Menstrual Cycle; Artificial Control of Fertility; Infertility Treatments; Plant Hormones and Using Plant Hormones
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Hormonal coordination: Principles of Hormonal Control; Control of Blood Glucose; Treating Diabetes; Role of Negative Feedback; Human Reproduction and Hormones in the Menstrual Cycle; Artificial Control of Fertility; Infertility Treatments; Plant Hormones and Using Plant Hormones

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A complete set of 10 lessons for the entire chapter on Hormonal Coordination including Higher Tier content: 11.1 Principles of Hormonal Control 11.2 Control of Blood Glucose 11.3 Treating Diabetes 11.4 Role of Negative Feedback 11.5 Human Reproduction 11.6 Hormones in the Menstrual Cycle 11.7 Artificial Control of Fertility 11.8 Infertility Treatments 11.9 Plant Hormones 11.10 Using Plant Hormones Includes a variety of activities for different learning styles.
11.7 The Artificial Control of Fertility GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology
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11.7 The Artificial Control of Fertility 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: To describe different methods of hormonal and non-hormonal contraception - information slides followed by Linking Activity (link the hormone-based contraceptive to the active ingredient and its function); Exam Questions (just print the slide) with fully integrated mark scheme. To explain how methods prevent pregnancy - quick quiz starter to recap roles of hormones in the menstrual cycle; information slides and Linking Activity. To analyse scenarios and decide on the most appropriate method of contraception - Sorting task to identify the benefits and drawbacks of using condoms; Family Planning Clinic - a game type activity where pupils take on the role of the Healthcare Professional or the Client and determine what advice should be followed (all cards for the game are included - just print!) There are a series of mini-plenary and AfL tasks throughout the lesson and each includes fully integrated answers (mark scheme) for peer or self-assessment.
Animal Transport: A-level Revision worksheets on Haemoglobin; Structure of the heart; Cardiac cycle; Transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide; Tissue fluid and lymph.
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Animal Transport: A-level Revision worksheets on Haemoglobin; Structure of the heart; Cardiac cycle; Transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide; Tissue fluid and lymph.

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This set of resources provides an in depth revision activity for AS biology students studying Animal Transport. It is suitable for the OCR exam board but has vast overlap with AQA. The contents are differentiated to include 5 worksheets with compatible information cards (to support students). Each worksheet has a corresponding mark scheme. And each topic comes with a selection of exam questions and mark schemes. If you find these resources useful please leave a review. If you leave three reviews I will send you a resource of the same price for free via email. Any questions please contact me at Mestestest@gmail.com.
Populations and sustainability: What determines population size; Interactions between populations; Conservation and preservation; Sustainable management; Balancing the conflict between conservation and human needs; Controlling the effects of human activities
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Populations and sustainability: What determines population size; Interactions between populations; Conservation and preservation; Sustainable management; Balancing the conflict between conservation and human needs; Controlling the effects of human activities

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This is an entire lesson series for the Chapter: Populations and Sustainability for the NEW OCR A-level specification. There are a total of 111 PowerPoint presentation slides partitioned into individual lessons with identifiable lesson objectives. This 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 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 topics within the Chapter Populations and Sustainability: What determines population size? Interactions between populations Conservation and preservation Sustainable management Balancing the conflict between conservation and human needs Controlling the effects of human activities
Oxygen & carbon dioxide transport Year 12 biology NEW A-level spec. for OCR or AQA - FREE SAMPLE
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Oxygen & carbon dioxide transport Year 12 biology NEW A-level spec. for OCR or AQA - FREE SAMPLE

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This resource is a free sample to give you an idea of the quality of my teaching resources. The resource contains 17 PowerPoint slides that alternate between student activity and teacher delivery which creates a whole lesson that is student focused. There are a variety of activities all included in the PowerPoint and it all easily exists in one file but in case you prefer printing activities from separate files I have included them as individual pdfs. The PowerPoint has all the answers/mark schemes imbedded within, allowing pupils (and teachers!) to easily refer to the answers for either peer or self-assessment. The resource is applicable to both the AQA and OCR exam boards for AS level biology. The resource will enable students to achieve the following learning objectives: Recall the role of haemoglobin in transporting oxygen & carbon dioxide Describe the changes in the dissociation curve at different carbon dioxide concentrations Explain the effect that an increasing concentration of carbon dioxide has on haemoglobin (Bohr effect) I hope you get some use out of it. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!