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I am a secondary school Science teacher, specialising in Biology. I am also an experienced AQA GCSE Biology Examiner. My resources contain a mix of Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons aimed at meeting specification points for the new AQA Trilogy GCSE course. All of my lessons include at least one opportunity for self-assessment, a range of activities to suit students of all abilities, a set of differentiated starter questions and a plenary.

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I am a secondary school Science teacher, specialising in Biology. I am also an experienced AQA GCSE Biology Examiner. My resources contain a mix of Biology, Chemistry and Physics lessons aimed at meeting specification points for the new AQA Trilogy GCSE course. All of my lessons include at least one opportunity for self-assessment, a range of activities to suit students of all abilities, a set of differentiated starter questions and a plenary.
NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Homeostasis' lessons

NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Homeostasis' lessons

This bundle of resources contains 12 lessons which meet all learning outcomes within the 'Homeostasis' unit for the NEW AQA Biology Specification. Lessons include: 1. Principles of homeostasis 2. The human nervous system 3. Reflex actions 4. The endocrine system 5. The control of blood glucose levels 6. Treating diabetes 7. The role of negative feedback 8. Human reproduction 9. The menstrual cycle 10. Controlling fertility 11. Infertility treatments 12. REQUIRED PRACTICAL: Reaction Time The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, progress checks, extra challenge questions and exam questions plus more than one opportunity, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks.
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Reflex Actions

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Reflex Actions

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the 'Homeostasis' SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience Pupils will start the lessons by considering why a reflex action is important to living organisms and asking pupils to consider any examples they can think of. After revealing the importance of reflex actions and come examples, the slides then move on to look at the pathway an electrical impulse takes along a reflex arc. Pupils will delve a little deeper into this by watching a video, during which they can answer questions. Once this has been completed they can self-assess their work using the answers provided. This process can also be summarised using a copy and complete exercise. Next, the lesson focuses on synapse, a diagram of a synapse is shown with key details labelled, there is also a link to an animation that can be shown to demonstrate what occurs at the gap between neurons. After this has been demonstrated pupils are then asked to complete some tasks to show their understanding of what occurs at a synapse. The next activity involved a set of statements which are muddled up, pupils need to put them into the correct order to correctly describe the steps involved with a reflex arc. Once this has been completed pupils can assess their work using the model answer provided. The final activity is a past-paper question which can be printed for pupils or they can complete in their own books, this needs to be self or peer assessed once complete. The plenary task is for pupils to pick a task - either to summarise the work from the lesson using a list of key words or for pupils to come up with questions for the list of answers that are provided. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - The endocrine system

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - The endocrine system

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the 'Homeostasis' SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience This lesson begins with a recap on the structures and function of the endocrine system, it then moves on to look at the positions of the different glands involved in the endocrine system. Pupils are shown an image of a human body (also can be given as a worksheet) and should discuss in pairs which glands fall into which position on the diagram. After the answers have been revealed, and are then assessed, pupils will now need to discuss the function of each of the glands. From a list of descriptions, pupils should try and match the name of the gland to the hormone it produces, this work can then be self-assessed. In the next activity pupils are required to draw a table and then in groups/per table they are given a set of cards which they then need to sort into the correct spaces on their table to summarise the main role of the hormones secreted by 5 glands - the pituitary, the thyroid, the pancreas, the ovaries and the testes. This work can then be assessed using the answers provided. Pupils can then complete a 'silent 5' set of questions on the topic they have covered so far, they should try and complete the questions on their own but for lower ability groups they may want to try discuss in pairs before answering. The final activity is an exam paper question on hormone levels, once completed pupils can use the mark scheme to mark their own work. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Inheritance, variation and evolution' lessons

NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Inheritance, variation and evolution' lessons

This bundle of resources contains 13 lessons which meet all learning outcomes within the 'Homeostasis' unit for the NEW AQA Biology Specification. Lessons include: 1. Sexual and asexual reproduction 2. Meiosis 3. Gene expression & inheritance 4. DNA structure & protein synthesis 5. Inherited disorders & genetic screening 6. Variation 7. Selective breeding 8. Genetic engineering 9. Ethics of gene technologies 10. Evolution by natural selection 11. Evidence for evolution - Fossils 12. Extinction 13. Evolution of antibiotic resistant bacteria The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, progress checks, extra challenge questions and exam questions plus more than one opportunity, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks.
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology – Classification

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology – Classification

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the 'Ecology' SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience This lesson begins with pupils being given a card sort of organisms, they will need to look at the pictures and try and decide how they would sort these organisms into groups, in other words how would they classify the organisms. Pupils will then be introduced to Linnaeus’ classification system and how this now influences the way we classify organisms, as well as explaining how modern technology can help us to group organisms. Pupils will then watch a video on classification, they will asked to think about, and write notes, on why classification is such an important process that scientists use. Now pupils are being introduced to the order of the classification system, pupils will be shown the order and then pupils will need to come up with their own mnemonic to help them remember this order. Pupils will then be introduced to the binomial naming system and the importance of this system, which they should be able to recount. The next activity involves pupils walking around the room, reading posters and they will need to use this information to complete a worksheet answering questions about the different kingdoms of the classification system. Once this is complete pupils can self or peer assess their work using the answers provided within the PowerPoint presentation Pupils will then complete an exam-style question on the topic of classification. This can then be self-assessed using the mark scheme provided. The plenary is for pupils to complete an exit card to demonstrate what they have learnt during the lesson, this can be handed in at the end of the lesson to the teacher to check student understanding. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - The role of negative feedback

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - The role of negative feedback

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the 'Homeostasis' SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience The lesson starts by recapping on the role of negative feedback systems in homoeostasis, pupils will need to complete a flow diagram to demonstrate how a negative feedback system works. This can be completed in their books and marked using the answers provided. The next part of the lesson focuses on thyroxine and adrenaline, pupils are reminded of the roles of each of these hormones and they will then be given some extra information (provided) using which they will need to answers some questions on the topic. Detailed answers are provided for these questions so that pupils can check their work by either peer or self-assessment. The next activity is a 'who am I?' task, pupils will have covered a range of hormones by this point and will now be given a set of descriptions about different hormones, they can discuss with their partners and try to identify the names of each of them. Once completed this work can be assessed. The final task is an exam question about hormones, with the mark scheme provided. The plenary task is for pupils to write a text message to a friend describing what they have learnt in the lesson today! All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) - The menstrual cycle

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) - The menstrual cycle

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the 'Homeostasis' SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience This lesson starts by pupils watching a video about the organs and hormones involved in the menstrual cycle, during which time they will need to answer questions on their worksheet. This work can then be red-pen assessed once they have finished. Pupils are then shown a set of diagrams which goes through the steps involved in the menstrual cycle, using the diagrams pupils are asked to discuss in pairs what they think is happening. After a short class discussion pupils will be given the series of diagrams and a set of jumbled statements, they will need to match the statements to the correct diagram to accurately describe what is happening in the menstrual cycle. **For higher ability pupils you may want to just give them a set of key words for them to write their own statements below the diagrams**. To summarise the role of each of the hormones in the menstrual cycle the next activity is a table and a set of key words, pupils need to fill in the blanks using the key words to correctly describe the role of each hormone. This can be assessed using the answers provided in the PowerPoint presentation. The next activity is a true or false activity on what pupils have learnt about this lesson, the plenary activity is a past-paper question on the hormone levels during pregnancy. The mark scheme for both these activities is provided for pupils to red-pen their work. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Homeostasis' lessons - HT only

NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Homeostasis' lessons - HT only

This bundle of resources contains 9 whole lessons which meet all learning outcomes for the higher tier, separate science modules within the 'Homeostasis' unit for the NEW AQA Biology Specification. Lessons included: 1. The brain HT 2. The eye HT 3. Common problems of the eye HT 4. Plant hormones & responses HT 5. Using plant hormones HT 6. Controlling body temperature HT 7. Removing waste products HT 8. The kidney HT 9. Dialysis & kidney transplants HT The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, progress checks, extra challenge questions and exam questions plus more than one opportunity, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks.
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NEW AQA GCSE Biology (2016) - The eye HT

NEW AQA GCSE Biology (2016) - The eye HT

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the 'Homeostasis' SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience The lesson begins with a recap on the difference between a stimulus and a receptor and asks students to think>pair>share what the function of photoreceptors might be and where they are found. Pupils are then shown a diagram of an eye, pupils are asked to consider (from a list of structures provided) which labels might go where, they can discuss in pairs and annotate their own diagram if they know for sure. Pupils can then assess their own work when the answers are revealed on the next slide. Pupils must now learn the functions of each of these structures, they will each be given a slip of information about the function of one part of the eye and they should walk around the room and share their information to complete the table in their books. This task can be self-assessed using the answers provided. The next part of the lesson focuses on the pupil reflex, firstly a practical is undertaken whereby pupils block out light from the room and then observe what happens to their partners pupils when they bring a torch to the side of their partners eye. This leads into a description of the pupils reflex, including the role of the circular and radial muscles. Pupils will need to summarise this information by copying and completing the sentences into their book, which can be self-assessed once completed. The last activity is looking at how light is focused on the retina by the lens, pupils are shown a diagram of how this works. After being given a verbal description they are asked to firstly copy the diagram complete with labels and explain how light is focused on the retina using a list of key words that are provided. The plenary task is an exam question on what the students have learnt this lesson, pupils should complete this in silence in their books and then red-pen their work using the mark scheme provided once they have finished. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Transfers of biomass

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Transfers of biomass

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the ‘Ecology’ SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience First of all students are asked to consider why not all of the light that falls onto a plant will be used in photosynthesis. Students can think > pair > share their ideas in their books. Once complete the following slide goes through the possible ways in which light energy can be lost before it used to make new plant biomass. Students will listen and then need to fill in the blanks on a paragraph detailing these processes. Once this task is complete students can self-assess their work. Students are then shown a simple food chain and asked to think about how biomass could be lost at each stage in the food chain. Pupils can discuss their ideas and create a mind map in their books, why isn’t all of the biomass from trophic level passed on to the next trophic level? The next slide reveals some of these reasons, pupils can check their work against the answers. Pupils will then be given a worksheet detailing energy loss and energy transfer criteria, students need to use this information to annotate a food chain to show how energy is lost and how much is transferred to the next trophic level. There are a number of ways in which they may do this but there is a sample answer provided to demonstrate how the student could have completed their work. The last part of the lesson looks at efficiency of energy transfer, pupils will be shown the efficiency calculation and a worked example. Pupils can write the calculation into their books and then use this to answer a set of questions. Once complete pupils can self-assess their work. The plenary task is for pupils to turn to the back of their books and write three summary sentences on what they have learnt this lesson. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Trophic levels & biomass

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Trophic levels & biomass

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the ‘Ecology’ SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience The lesson begins with an introduction of food chains, pupils are asked to watch a video and answer a set of questions. Once complete pupils can self-assess their work. The next part of the lesson teaches students about trophic levels, firstly there is a diagram demonstrating the meaning of terms such as ‘producer’ and ‘primary consumer’ and how these correspond to trophic levels. Pupils can then have a go at matching the correct trophic level to the correct title, definition and example. Once complete pupils will self-assess their work using the mark scheme provided. Students can now have a go at constructing their own food chain or food web using a set of animals cards, once arranged they should write the order in their books and correctly level the trophic levels and whether the organism is a producer, a primary, secondary or tertiary consumer. The next part of the lesson focuses on biomass, firstly a definition is given to students and then they will need to watch a video on biomass and answer a set of questions. Once this task is complete they will be able to mark their work against the answers provided. The last task is for pupils to complete a worksheet on biomass, the answers can be written into their books and either peer r self-assessed once complete. The plenary task is for pupils to turn to the back of their books and write a detailed description of the flow of energy & changing biomass through a food chain using a selection of key words as prompts. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Food production

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Food production

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the ‘Ecology’ SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience Pupils are firstly asked to come up with a food chain for humans eating rice, then humans eating chickens and to consider the differences in energy efficiency between the two. This then leads onto the second slide which explains how shorter food chains mean more efficient food production. The second task is for pupils to think > pair > share ideas about methods farmers could employ to ensure animals gain new biomass at an efficient rate. Once pupils have written their ideas down in their books the answers can be revealed on the PowerPoint, students can check their work against the answers and correct anything they need to. The methods listed on the PowerPoint have disadvantages, pupils should then have a short discussion in pairs of what these negatives are before they are revealed. The next part of the lesson focuses on fish stocks, students are given some information and are asked to consider how we might sustainably manage fish stocks. Once students have some to discuss as groups and then as a class, pupils are given a set of questions they will need to answer whilst watching a video. Once this is complete students can self-assess their work. The last part of the lesson focuses on biotechnology in food production. Students will be given some information sheet in their groups and should use this information to answer a set of questions, once pupils have completed these questions they can self or peer-assess their work using the mark scheme provided. The very last task may be more suited to higher-ability classes. Pupils will be given a set of jumbled up sentences, students need to place the sentences in the correct order to describe the process of making mycoprotein, students can assess their work once complete. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Gene expression & inheritance

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Gene expression & inheritance

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the ‘Inheritance, variation and evolution’ SoW, it contains some higher-tier only content. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience The lesson firstly begins with a description and definition for gene expression in a cell, this leads onto introduce the idea of a mutation. Pupils are given a definition of a mutation and are asked to consider whether mutations are always negative effects. This leads onto show the ways in which a mutation can affect a protein/enzyme in the body and the effect that could have on the function of body processes. Next is a quick check-silent 5 activity to assess students knowledge of gene expression and mutation, pupils can answer the questions in their book and mark their work using the answers provided. There is on further activity on mutations, pupils will watch a video on sickle cell anaemia and answer questions in their books. The next section of the lesson is on inheritance, firstly pupils are introduced to the idea of alleles and are shown the genotypes of three rabbits with either black or white fur colour to show that it is the combination of alleles that determines this characteristic. Pupils are asked to complete some questions based on what they have learnt so far, which can be assessed using the answers provided. Next pupils are introduced to the difference between genotype and phenotype, homozygous and heterozygous genotypes. Pupils will then be given a set of images and are asked to identify whether these images are representing a genotype or phenotype, if it is a genotype they are asked to determine if it is homozygous or heterozygous. This work can then be assessed. Pupils are now shown how to construct a genetic diagram using a worked example, they are then given another genetic cross for which they need to construct their own genetic diagram and work out the percentage of each offspring that would be present, this work can be self-assessed. The final task is on sex determination, pupils are introduced to the idea of X & Y chromosomes and are shown the combinations needed to produce a male or a female. Pupils will need to construct their own genetic diagram to show the percentage chance of a baby being male or female. This topic can also be assessed using an exam-style questions for higher ability pupils. The plenary activity is for pupils to write a glossary in the back of their books for any new key words they have learnt this lesson All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology – New systems of classification

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology – New systems of classification

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the 'Ecology' SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience This lesson begins with an introduction to evolutionary trees, pupils will be shown how to interpret evolutionary trees and understand the common ancestry between species of organisms. Pupils will then be shown the difference between convergent and divergent evolution. The next part of the lesson will focus on the work of Woese et al, pupils will watch a video and try to answer questions about Woese and his work, this can be assessed using the answers which can be revealed once the video has been watched. Pupils can then watch a second video, using this video they will then try to complete profile cards for three domains as proposed by Woese – archaea, bacteria and eukaryotes. Pupils can again check their work against the answers provided in the PowerPoint slide. Pupils will then be given some information on Woese and his work, students will need to use this information along with what they have learnt so far in the lesson to complete a newspaper article on his work and infamous discovery. The next part of the lesson looks again at evolutionary trees, pupils are shown how to use an evolutionary tree to compare the relationships between organisms. Pupils will then need to complete an exam-style question on evolutionary trees, which can be self-assessed using the mark scheme provided. The plenary task is for pupils to come up with questions for a set of answers. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Evolution of antibiotic resistant bacteria

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Evolution of antibiotic resistant bacteria

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the 'Inheritance, variation and evolution' SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience The lesson begins with a introduction to the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria, this is looked at more closely with a video. Whilst watching the video pupils will need to answer questions, this work can be self-assessed using the marking criteria once complete. Using the knowledge of how bacterial populations develop resistance to antibiotics pupils can complete a cartoon strip to demonstrate how this process occurs. Pictures for each stage will be provided, pupils will be required to complete the captions boxes for each depiction choosing from a list of key words to include. The next part of the lesson focuses on preventing antibiotic resistance, pupils can draw a table in their books and in pairs or in groups will be given some cards of information on the different ways to prevent the development of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. Pupils will need to use this information to complete their table. The last focus of the lesson is on the spread of MRSA within a hospital setting and how hospitals have responded to the crisis. Pupils will be given a set of newspaper reports, they should read them through in pairs or in groups and use them to answer a set of questions. Pupils can self-assess their work against the marking criteria once they have completed this task. The final task is a set of exam-style questions on this topic, pupils of a higher ability should complete this task at the back of their book and try not use their notes to help them. Those students of lower ability can discuss the answers with their partner if necessary. Once completed students can use the mark scheme to assess their work. The plenary task is for pupils to come up with three quiz questions to test their classmates knowledge of what they have learnt this lesson. If there is time you could ask some pupils to read out their questions for a mini-quiz at the end of the lesson. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Selective breeding

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Selective breeding

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the 'Inheritance, variation and evolution' SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience The task begins with pupils being asked to think > pair > share the specific characteristics that farmers might find favourable in cows, crops, chicken and sheep. The next activity involves pupils watching a video on selective breeding and how this process works, pupils will need to answer questions as they watch the video. The work can be assessed when they finish using the mark scheme provided. Pupils will now understand the process of selective breeding, the next task requires pupils to choose two dogs from a selection of dog breeds (pictures provided) to breed together in order to produce offspring with the traits the student would like. They can sketch a flow diagram to demonstrate how thus process occurs. The next activity is a worksheet on chicken breeds, once students have completed they can use the mark scheme to self or peer assess their work. The final activity focuses on the problems with selective breeding, pupils are provided with some information which could be tag-read as a class. This can then be used to answer some quick-check questions. Once the questions are complete this work can be self-assessed using the answers provided. The plenary task is for pupils to use a list of key words to write a summary sentence about what they have learnt from the lesson. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - The human population explosion

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - The human population explosion

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the ‘Ecology’ SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience The first part of this lesson focuses on biodiversity, pupils will watch a video and have to answer questions whilst watching the video. Once complete pupils can self-assess their work using the answers provided in the PowerPoint. The next slide shows a graph depicting the human population growth in the last 8000 years and information describing the effect this is having on our planet. The next part of the lesson focuses on human impacts on biodiversity. Firstly pupils will need to come up with a mind map of all the ways in which humans use the land. As an extension task pupils can also discuss what impact this may be having on our environment. Some key ideas will then be gone through using information provided on the PowerPoint. Pupils will then watch a video on human impacts on biodiversity, using the information in the video they will need to answer a set of questions. Once this task is complete pupils can self-assess their work using the answers provided. The next task focuses on waste produced from human activities, each pupil will be given a card of information on a specific pollutant and the effect it has on the environment. Pupils will need to walk around the room trading information in order to complete a table of information on these pollutants. The very last task is an exam-style question, higher tier pupils can complete this question in the back of their books without looking at their notes from the lesson. Once completed pupils can assess their work using the mark scheme provided. The plenary task is for pupils to write 3 facts, 2 key words and 1 question on what they have learned this lesson. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Recycling of materials

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Recycling of materials

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the ‘Ecology’ SoW. The first part of this lesson will focus on a recap of some of the details learnt during the decay lesson, pupils are given a set of four multiple choice questions which they should answer in their books and then self-assess. The first task introduces recycling of materials in the ecosystem, pupils will need to read through a paragraph of information as a class. The slide will then be changed and pupils will need to try to recreate the paragraph as best as they can using the key words provided. Once completed the slide can be changed back to the initial paragraph for pupils to check and correct their work. The next part of the lesson is for pupils to look at the difference between a decomposers and detritivores, students will be given information in pairs and will need to teach each other about the organism card they have in their hands. Students will then try to write a description of each of the organisms in their books. The next part of the lesson focuses on the water cycle, firstly students will need to come up with as many processes as they can think of that contribute to the water cycle. Once this task has been assessed pupils will then be given a set of questions which they will need to answer whilst watching a video, once complete their answers can be assessed using the mark scheme provided. Using their answers from their previous tasks pupils will now need to match up the key words to the definition and the final task is for pupils to complete a diagram of the water cycle using the key words and definitions provided in the last task. The plenary task pupils will be given a set of 5 answers, it is up to the pupils to come up with 5 questions which may correspond to these 5 answers. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Maintaining biodiversity

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Maintaining biodiversity

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the ‘Ecology’ SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience The lesson begins with a definition on biodiversity, pupils are shown a pie chart of the numbers of different groups of organisms that have been identified to date. The first task is for pupils to consider which numbers correspond to which groups of organisms. Once pupils have discussed in pairs or groups the answers will be revealed, pupils can check their work against the answers provided. The next part of the lesson focuses on how and why scientists quantify biodiversity, pupils are firstly asked why it might be important to map out biodiversity - they can discuss in groups before the answer is revealed on the PowerPoint presentation. A map of the world depicting certain biodiversity hotspots is then shown to students and they are asked a couple of question about this map, pupils will be required to answer these questions in their books and then self-assess their work using the answers provided. Pupils are then asked to think > pair > share their ideas on why it is important to maintain biodiversity, in groups pupils may be given an A3 sheet for them to mind map their ideas onto. Once finished each group can feedback their ideas to the class and a larger mind map could be completed on the white board. Some of the key reasons for maintaining biodiversity cant then be detailed on the PowerPoint presentation for students to assess their work. The last task is for pupils to use information posters placed around the room to answer a set of questions, all on the topic of maintaining biodiversity. Once pupils have spent a good amount of time writing their answers down they should sit in their seats and use the mark scheme provided on the PowerPoint presentation to peer-assess their work. The plenary activity is for pupils to draw a feedback grid in their partners books and write down one positive comment, one negative comment and a question to test their knowledge. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Global warming & the impact of change

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Global warming & the impact of change

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the ‘Ecology’ SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience The first task is for pupils to think > pair > share the factors which may cause a contribution of carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. Pupils can create a mind map in their books and then discuss their ideas as a table and then as a class. The next PowerPoint slide reveals some of the main factors which contribute to an increase in carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere, pupils can check their work against these answers. For the next task pupils will be required to watch a video about the greenhouse effect and answer questions in their books, this task can be self-assessed using the answers provided once complete. Using this information pupils will then be asked to fill in the blanks on a diagram depicting the greenhouse effect, pupils will be given captions to write into the correct boxes on their worksheet. This can be self-assessed once it has been completed. Next pupils will be given a set of data on the mean world temperature change from 1960 to present day, students will be required to plot the data on a graph, describe the pattern of the graph and explain why the graph may be showing this pattern. The next part of the lesson focuses on global warming, students will firstly be given a set of questions which they will need to answer whilst watching a video. This work can then be self-assessed using the answers provided. For the very last task pupils will be given a card of information each detailing an environmental factor and it’s impact on living organisms. Pupils will need to wander around the room and share information with each other to complete their table of environmental factors. The plenary task is for pupils to identify what the questions might be for a set of answers provided on the PowerPoint presentation. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Air Pollution

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Air Pollution

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the ‘Ecology’ SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience The first part of the lesson asks students to think > pair > share some of their answers to questions about pollution - where does it come from? How may we monitor it? Once pupils have gathered together their ideas as groups, a class discussion can highlight some of the important ideas & the next slide details the answers. The next task focuses on sulfur dioxide pollution and it’s contribution to the formation of acid rain. Pupils will be given some information in pairs about this pollutant and will be required to answer questions about this information in their books. Once completed pupils are able to self-assess their work using the answers provided in the PowerPoint. The next part of the lesson is on catalytic converters, pupils will be given some information about a catalytic converter and a human bingo grid. Pupils will wander around the room and others will ask them questions in order to fill in their bing grid. Once a student has completed their grid they can shout bingo! When everyone has had enough time to complete the grid they will need to self-assess their work using the answers provided. The next task is for pupils to consider alternative fuels as a way of reducing air pollution. Pupils are given sets of information about three alternative fuels, they will then need to fill in a table of the advantages and disadvantages of these fuels. Once completed pupils can check their work against the answers provided, marking and correcting their answers. A mid-lesson progress check requires pupils to identify whether a set of statements are true or false, this can be completed with a mini whiteboard or in their books. The next part of the lesson focuses on how scientists can monitor pollution, pupils are given a set of results from particle collector pads which have been left in certain locations around the UK. Pupils need to record their results in a table, draw a graph to represent the results and write a conclusion about their results. The plenary task is for pupils to complete a fill-in-the-blanks task on air pollution, pupils can also self-assess their work using the answers provided. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - The Carbon Cycle

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - The Carbon Cycle

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the ‘Ecology’ SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience The first part of the lesson focuses on outlining the importance of carbon within the living world, where we might find it in our bodies and the world around us. The first task pupils will be asked to complete is a mind map of the processes they think will add or remove carbon dioxide from our atmosphere. Pupils can discuss in pairs and once complete the answers can be revealed for pupils to assess their work. The next task is for pupils to watch a video about greenhouse gases, there are a set of questions pupils will be given which they need to answer whilst watching the video. Once this task is complete pupils can assess their work using the answers provided. The next task is a fill-in-the-blanks task, pupils are given a paragraph about the role of carbohydrates in animals and plants, they need to complete this using the key words provided. Once completed pupils can assess their work using the answers provided. Pupils will then watch a video about the carbon cycle which details the process involved, once the students have watched the video they will be given a worksheet which they need to complete using the captions provided on the PowerPoint slide. Lower ability students may want to complete this as a group & could perhaps complete whilst the video is playing to assist them. Once they have completed the task pupils can self-assess their work using the answers provided. The next task may be better suited to higher ability pupils, a set of cards images and captions are provided per pupil and they need to use this to construct their own carbon cycle in their books. Higher ability pupils may want to test their knowledge and turn to their back page to complete this without looking at their previous work The last task is for pupils to consider the future and how we may be able to implement strategies to help reduce our carbon emissions in order to combat global warming. Pupils are to discuss possible methods/strategies we could use and mind map their ideas in their books. The plenary task is for pupils to turn to the back of their books and write down a description of as many processes which contribute to the carbon cycle as possible. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Deforestation & peat destruction

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Deforestation & peat destruction

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the ‘Ecology’ SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience The first part of the lesson outlines the definition of deforestation and some key facts and figures about the destruction of forests around the world. The next task is for pupils to discuss why they think rainforests may be being cut down & the consequences this might have on a local & global scale. The next two slides outlines the four main reasons why rainforests are being destroyed and some of the consequences of their destruction, pupils can check their work against the answers provided. The next task requires pupils to watch a video and answers questions using the information provided in the video, once they have completed the question they can asses their work using the answers provided. Pupils will now be required to complete a recap task on the carbon cycle, they will be given a worksheet which they will be asked to fill in using the captions provided on the PowerPoints slide. Once this has been completed pupils can assess their work using the answers on the PowerPoint slide. The next part of the lesson focuses on the importance of peat, firstly pupils will be given a set of information about peat bogs and they will be required to answer questions using this information. This work can be self or peer assessed once it has been completed. The final task is for pupils to answer an exam-style question on the carbon cycle and deforestation. Pupils can assess their work using the mark scheme provided. The plenary task is for pupils to choose words from a list of key words to formulate three summary sentences on what they have learned this lesson. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Rates of decomposition

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology - Rates of decomposition

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the ‘Ecology’ SoW. For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience Pupils are firstly given some information, in pairs, on how temperature can affect the rate of decay. They are asked to read through the information and complete a set of questions. Once this task is complete pupils can self-assess their work using the answers provided. The next task is for pupils to think > pair > share ideas about how you could stop or delay the decay process with food. Some images are provided on the PowerPoint slide as a prompt to help students, they can also use the information from the first task to help them come up with ideas. Once pupils have been given time to write their ideas down you can discuss as a group and then reveal the 5 main ways in which foods can be preserved. Pupils will then be given a set of information about each of these preservation methods, they need to use this information plus the information from the first task they completed to explain how each of the methods helps to prevent or delay the decay process. Pupils can then self or peer assess their work once complete. For the next task pupils are asked to use information posters places around the room or on their tables to answer a set of questions about decay & recycling. Once pupils have completed these questions they will need to assess their work using the answers provided. The very last task is an exam question that pupils can either complete in silence at the back of their books - higher ability - or perhaps use the work they have completed this lesson if they are lower ability. The plenary task is for students to write three sentences to summarise what they have learnt this lesson. All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
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