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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!
7.5 The cardiac cycle NEW Year 12 Biology specification

7.5 The cardiac cycle NEW Year 12 Biology specification

This PowerPoint includes all the activities (in one file) required to achieve the following learning objectives: 1) Describe the stages of the cardiac cycle (C grade) 2) Explain how valves control the flow of blood through the heart (B grade) 3) Explain the volume and pressure changes which take place in the heart during the cardiac cycle (A grade) All activities and the answers are included and fully integrated into the PowerPoint.
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11.7 The Artificial Control of Fertility GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

11.7 The Artificial Control of Fertility GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

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.
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Section 2. Cells. 3.2 The Electron Microscope Year 12 Biology

Section 2. Cells. 3.2 The Electron Microscope Year 12 Biology

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.
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Section 2. Cells. 3.2 The Electron Microscope Year 12 Biology

Section 2. Cells. 3.2 The Electron Microscope Year 12 Biology

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.
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Photosynthesis, Respiration and Homeostasis worksheets NEW GCSE Biology

Photosynthesis, Respiration and Homeostasis worksheets NEW GCSE Biology

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
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Section 2. Cells. 3.5 Cell specialisation and organisation NEW Year 12 Biology specification

Section 2. Cells. 3.5 Cell specialisation and organisation NEW Year 12 Biology specification

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.
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13.4 DNA and the genome GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

13.4 DNA and the genome GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

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.
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Section 2. Cells. 3.1 Methods of Studying cells Year 12 Biology

Section 2. Cells. 3.1 Methods of Studying cells Year 12 Biology

This lesson plan/presentation provides you with a high quality lesson that includes all the necessary activities for the following learning objectives: 1) Explain the principles of magnification and resolution - engaging starter video on the orders of magnitude, where pupils write down as many of the units of measurement as they can - answers provided in the presentation. Pupils then copy and complete a table where they familiarise themselves with units and conversions. Finally there is a magnification worksheet (Magnification sheet.pdf) and answers are provided in the presentation. 2) Describe what cell fractionation is - pupils complete a reading (AQA A level textbook p.59) and summarising task, sharing their summaries with the rest of the class. There are further questions (p.60) however these could be substituted with your own questions if you are using a different textbook and an extension activity. 3) Explain how ultracentrifugation works - pupils are given an information sheet/worksheet (hidden slide - just print!) on the process of ultracentrifugation. They use the options given in the powerpoint to label the diagram. Answers provided in the presentation.
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8.1 Genes and the genetic code NEW Year 12 Biology specification

8.1 Genes and the genetic code NEW Year 12 Biology specification

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.
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13.3 The Best of Both Worlds GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology (Pros & cons of Sexual & Asexual Reproduction)

13.3 The Best of Both Worlds GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology (Pros & cons of Sexual & Asexual Reproduction)

Content is for the NEW AQA GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology specification. 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.
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6.10 Absorption of the products of digestion NEW Year 12 Biology specification

6.10 Absorption of the products of digestion NEW Year 12 Biology specification

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.
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Cloning and biotechnology NEW A-Level biology spec: Natural & artificial cloning, Biotech, Culturing

Cloning and biotechnology NEW A-Level biology spec: Natural & artificial cloning, Biotech, Culturing

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
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11.4 The role of negative feedback GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

11.4 The role of negative feedback GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

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).
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11.5 & 11.6 Human Reproduction and Hormones in the Menstrual Cycle GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

11.5 & 11.6 Human Reproduction and Hormones in the Menstrual Cycle GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

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.
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7.4 and 7.5 Diet, exercise, disease, alcohol and carcinogens NEW GCSE Biology specification

7.4 and 7.5 Diet, exercise, disease, alcohol and carcinogens NEW GCSE Biology specification

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.
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14.2 Plant growth factors NEW Year 13 Biology specification

14.2 Plant growth factors NEW Year 13 Biology specification

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.
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11.10 Using Plant Hormones GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

11.10 Using Plant Hormones GCSE (Grade 1-9) Biology

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)
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Patterns of inheritance NEW A-level biology specification: Variation, Discontinuous, Mono & Dihybrid

Patterns of inheritance NEW A-level biology specification: Variation, Discontinuous, Mono & Dihybrid

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
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The Eye - Biology GCSE Kaleidocycle

The Eye - Biology GCSE Kaleidocycle

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.
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