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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 - 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 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 - time efficiency is paramount. That is why you'll find my full lesson resources to be all in one file, ready to go!
Cellular Control NEW A-level biology spec: Lac operon; Homeobox; Body plan; Mitosis and Apoptosis
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Cellular Control NEW A-level biology spec: Lac operon; Homeobox; Body plan; Mitosis and Apoptosis

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This is a 5-part lesson series of PowerPoint presentations (over 100 slides) covering the entire topic of Cellular Control. It is written to the NEW OCR A-level specification. It includes accurate and high quality information slides and pupil activities for the following lessons within Cellular Control: 1) Gene Mutations 2) The effect of Gene Mutations on Protein Production and Function 3) Regulatory Mechanisms (The lac operon, oestrogen, transcriptional, post-transcriptional and post-translational control) 4) Genetic Control of Body Plan Development (Homeobox genes) 5) Importance of Mitosis and Apoptosis in Controlling Development These PowerPoint can be used to form the basis for the entire series of lessons on Cellular Control.
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.
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
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
Manipulating Genomes NEW A-Level biology spec: DNA Sequencing; DNA profiling; PCR; Electrophoresis;
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Manipulating Genomes NEW A-Level biology spec: DNA Sequencing; DNA profiling; PCR; Electrophoresis;

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This series of PowerPoint presentations covers the chapter Manipulating Genomes. There are a total of 150 slides partitioned into individual lessons with identifiable learning objectives. It has everything you need to deliver the entire lesson series and is written for the NEW OCR A-level specification with vast overlap between the AQA specification. It includes accurate and high quality information slides and a vast range of engaging pupil activities (with answers!) for the following topics within the chapter on Manipulating Genomes: DNA sequencing: Sanger sequencing; Pyrosequencing; Bioinformatics Applications of gene sequencing: Human genome; Comparisons between or within species; Synthetic biology; Bioethics DNA profiling: Polymorphisms; STRs; VNTRs; Applications of DNA profiling Polymerase Chain Reaction: Principles; Process; Applications Electrophoresis; Principles; Process; - interactive digital learning tools employed Genetic Engineering: Techniques; Applications Issues relating to genetic manipulation Gene therapy
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).
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.
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.
KS3 Photosynthesis - testing a leaf for starch
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KS3 Photosynthesis - testing a leaf for starch

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This lesson plan in presentation form is suitable for higher level groups (some activities could be omitted to suit a low ability set) to achieve the following objectives: 1) state the word equation for photosynthesis - starter: list as many words to do with photosynthesis; extension - produce a description of photosynthesis from the key words 2) explain the process of photosynthesis - gap fill exercise with word bank included (answers provided in the powerpoint); two homework ideas: ideas to support the claim "photosynthesis is essential for life", anatomy of a plant - identify where the reactants and products of photosynthesis occur in the plant. 3) use appropriate methods during practical work - method sheet included (Testing a leaf for starch Practical sheet - final.doc); practical equipment and set up explained, questions on the practical given for pupils to complete - extension questions included.
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.
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).
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.
8.1 Genes and the genetic code NEW Year 12 Biology specification
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8.1 Genes and the genetic code NEW Year 12 Biology specification

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Content is for the NEW AQA A-level biology specification. This lesson plan and PowerPoint presentation includes all the activities (all in one file!) to achieve the following learning objectives: 1) Describe the nature of a gene 2) Explain how genes code for polypeptides 3) Explain the degenerate, non-overlapping nature of the genetic code The contents of the file contains a variety of student focused learning activities including: labelling task; verbal tasks; hunt the answers; exam questions.
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.
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)
Section 2. Cells. 3.5 Cell specialisation and organisation NEW Year 12 Biology specification
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Section 2. Cells. 3.5 Cell specialisation and organisation NEW Year 12 Biology specification

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Lesson plan with activities to achieve the following learning objectives: 1) Describe how cells arrange into tissues, organs and organ systems - a choice from two different starter activities: Name the organ system and what are these cells and how are they specialised to perform their function; microscope slide activity to observe sections and identify the cell, organ, organ system and organism; independent learning to complete definitions; table to complete of examples; exam questions on tissues and cells in plants and animals (with mark schemes) 2) Explain how cell specialisation and differentiation occurs in a cell (link to genes) - information slides to show different epithelial cells; table to complete (answers provided in the power point); information slides and discussion points; challenge article for reading and comprehension task (Nature article for challenge.doc) 3) Discuss the advantages of cellular organisation - question set to complete (answers provided in the powerpoint); challenge article for reading and comprehension task (Nature article for challenge.doc) Finishes with a pupil self evaluation task where they reflect on their learning objectives and identify their corresponding grade.
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.