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I am a secondary school & A-level 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 and KS3 Activate 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 & A-level 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 and KS3 Activate 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
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NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Homeostasis' lessons

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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.
KS3 ~ Year 8 ~ Series & Parallel Circuits
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KS3 ~ Year 8 ~ Series & Parallel Circuits

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This lesson is designed for the KS3 Year 8 Science course, specifically the P2 1.1 unit on ‘Electricity & Magnetism’. This lesson begins with an introduction to both series and parallel circuits, students can make a note of the definition for each and also draw the example circuit diagram into their books. Next, students will be shown four circuit diagrams and will need to determine whether the circuit is a parallel or a series circuit. The answers to this task can then be revealed using the PowerPoint, so students can assess their work. Students will now watch a video on series and parallel circuits, they will need to answer a set of questions whilst watching this video. The mark scheme for this task is included in the PowerPoint presentation, so students can self-assess their work using the mark scheme provided. The latter part of the lesson focuses on current and potential different in series and parallel circuits. Firstly, students will be shown a diagram which shows that current anywhere in a series circuit will be the same and shows current in the main part of the parallel circuit will get divided up between each branch. Students will then use this information to complete a worksheet, this work can then be self-assessed using the mark scheme provided. Next, students will look at how potential difference across components in a series circuit is different to that of a parallel circuit. Students will then work out the potential difference of voltmeters found in four different circuit diagrams, this task can then be marked and corrected using the answers provided. The plenary is a ‘pick a plenary’ task, students need to choose to either summarise what they have learned in three sentences or write a definition for a set of key words related to the topic of electricity. 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 :)
NEW AQA GCSE Chemistry - 'Chemical changes, Electrolysis and Energy Changes' lessons
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NEW AQA GCSE Chemistry - 'Chemical changes, Electrolysis and Energy Changes' lessons

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This bundle of resources contains 8 whole lessons, along with all additional resources, which meet all learning outcomes within the ‘Chemical changes, Electrolysis and Energy Changes’ unit for the NEW AQA Chemistry Specification. Lessons include: The Reactivity Series Displacement Reactions Extracting Metals Making Salts Neutralisation & Strong/Weak Acids Electrolysis Aluminium Extraction Exothermic & Endothermic Reactions Reaction Profiles & Bond Energy Calculations Chemical cells, batteries and fuel cells The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, progress checks, practical investigations, exam questions and more than two opportunities, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks.
NEW AQA GCSE (2016) Physics - Radioactivity
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NEW AQA GCSE (2016) Physics - Radioactivity

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This bundle of resources contains 8 whole lessons, along with all additional resources, which meet all learning outcomes within the ‘Molecules & Matter’ unit for the NEW AQA Physics Specification. Lessons include: Atoms & Radiation The Development of the Nuclear Model Radioactive Decay Alpha, Beta & Gamma Radiation Half-life & Radioactivity Nuclear Radiation & Medicine Nuclear Fission & Nuclear Fusion Dangers of Radiation The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, progress checks, practical investigations, exam questions and more than two opportunities, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks.
NEW AQA GCSE Chemistry - The Earth's Atmosphere
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NEW AQA GCSE Chemistry - The Earth's Atmosphere

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This bundle of resources contains 8 whole lessons, along with all additional resources, which meet all learning outcomes within the ‘Earth’s Atmosphere’ unit for the NEW AQA Chemistry Specification. Lessons include: The History & Evolution of Our Atmosphere The Greenhouse Effect Global Climate Change Atmospheric Pollutants The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, progress checks, practical investigations, exam questions and more than two opportunities, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks
NEW AQA GCSE (2016) Chemistry  - Neutralisation & Strong/Weak Acids
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NEW AQA GCSE (2016) Chemistry - Neutralisation & Strong/Weak Acids

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This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Chemistry GCSE, particularly the ‘Chemical changes, electrolysis and energy changes’ 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 Students will firstly be shown a set of images, students will have to decide which are examples of an alkali/base and which are examples of acids. Next, students will watch a video on acids/alkalis and will need to answer a set of questions, after which they can self-assess their work using the mark scheme provided. The next part of the lesson focuses on pH, students are firstly reminded of the importance of the pH scale and will then need to complete an investigation to identify the pH of different substances. Students can use the practical sheet provided to complete this task, including the results table to record their results. The next part of the lesson looks at the difference between concentrated and dilute solutions, in terms of particles and in terms of risk/hazards when handling concentrated acids. Students will then need to summarise what they have learned with a fill-in-the-blank task, this work can be self-assessed using the mark scheme provided. The final part of the lesson pupils will focus on the difference between strong and weak acids in terms of ionisation. Students will also look at how pH values are related to the concentration of H+ ions, students will need to copy and complete a table to show the concentration of H+ ions per mol dm3 for each pH value, this work can then be self-assessed using the mark scheme provided. The plenary task is a ‘Pick a plenary’ task - pupils will need to either write a twitter message to summarise what they have learnt or write 5 quiz questions on the topics studied in 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 :)
NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Organisation' lessons
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NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Organisation' lessons

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This bundle of resources contains 12 lessons which meet all learning outcomes within the 'Organisation' unit for the NEW AQA Biology Specification. 1. Principles of organisation 2. Enzymes 3. The human digestive system 4. Digestive enzymes 5. The heart 6. The blood 7. Blood vessels 8. Helping the heart 9. Breathing & gas exchange 10. Plant tissues & organs 11. Transport in plants 12. Evaporation & transpiration The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, mid-lesson progress checks, extra challenge tasks, 6-mark exam questions and more than one opportunity, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks.
NEW AQA GCSE (2016) Physics - Electricity
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NEW AQA GCSE (2016) Physics - Electricity

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This bundle of resources contains 11 whole lessons, along with all additional resources, which meet all learning outcomes within the ‘Electricity’ unit for the NEW AQA Physics Specification. Lessons include: Electrical Charges & Fields Electric Circuits Current & charge Potential Difference & Resistance Current-Potential Difference Graphs Series & Parallel circuits Alternating Current Cables & Plugs Electrical Power & Potential Difference Electrical Currents & Energy Transfer Appliances & Efficiency The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, progress checks, practical investigations, exam questions and more than two opportunities, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks
NEW AQA GCSE Biology (2016) - The eye HT
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NEW AQA GCSE Biology (2016) - The eye HT

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

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This bundle of resources contains 13 lessons which meet all learning outcomes within the 'Inheritance, variation & evolution' 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.
NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Cells' lessons
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NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Cells' lessons

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This bundle of resources contains 11 lessons which meet all learning outcomes within the 'Cells' unit for the NEW AQA Biology Specification. Lessons included: 1. Cells 2. Specialised cells 3. Eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells 4. Microscopy 5. Chromosomes 6. Mitosis 7. Stem cells 8. Diffusion 9. Osmosis 10. Active Transport 11. Exchanging materials The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, mid-lesson progress checks, extra challenge tasks and 6-mark exam questions and more than one opportunity, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks.
NEW AQA GCSE (2016) Chemistry - Organic Chemistry
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NEW AQA GCSE (2016) Chemistry - Organic Chemistry

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This bundle of resources contains 8 whole lessons, along with all additional resources, which meet all learning outcomes within the ‘Organic Chemistry’ unit for the NEW AQA Chemistry Specification. Lessons include: Hydrocarbons Fractional distillation Complete & incomplete combustion Cracking hydrcarbons Reactions with alkenes Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters Polymerisation Natural polymers & DNA The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, progress checks, practical investigations, exam questions and more than two opportunities, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks
NEW AQA GCSE Chemistry - 'Structure & Bonding' lessons
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NEW AQA GCSE Chemistry - 'Structure & Bonding' lessons

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This bundle of resources contains 8 whole lessons, along with all additional resources, which meet all learning outcomes within the ‘Structure & Bonding’ unit for the NEW AQA Chemistry Specification. Lessons include: States of matter Forming ions Ionic bonding Giant ionic lattices Covalent bonding Simple and giant covalent structures Metallic bonding & giant metallic structures Nanoparticles The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, mid-lesson progress checks, exam questions and extra challenge tasks and more than two opportunities, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks.
NEW AQA GCSE Chemistry - Chemical Analysis
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NEW AQA GCSE Chemistry - Chemical Analysis

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This bundle of resources contains 8 whole lessons, along with all additional resources, which meet all learning outcomes within the ‘Chemical Analysis’ unit for the NEW AQA Chemistry Specification. Lessons include: Pure substances & mixtures Analysing chromatograms Testing for gases Testing for positive and negative ions Investigative analysis The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, progress checks, practical investigations, exam questions and more than two opportunities, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks
NEW AQA GCSE Chemistry - The Earth's Resources
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NEW AQA GCSE Chemistry - The Earth's Resources

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This bundle of resources contains 5 whole lessons, along with all additional resources, which meet all learning outcomes within the ‘Earth’s Resources’ unit for the NEW AQA Chemistry Specification. Lessons include: Finite & Renewable Resources Water Treatment Extracting Metals from Ores Life Cycle Assessments Reduce, Reuse, Recycle The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, progress checks, practical investigations, exam questions and more than two opportunities, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks
NEW AQA GCSE Chemistry - 'Quantitative Chemistry' lessons
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NEW AQA GCSE Chemistry - 'Quantitative Chemistry' lessons

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This bundle of resources contains 8 whole lessons which meet all learning outcomes for the higher tier, separate science modules within the ‘Quantitative Chemistry’ unit for the NEW AQA Chemistry Specification. Lessons included: Relative formula mass and moles Balancing equations and reacting masses Limiting reactants and percentage yield Atom economy HT Concentration and titrations Titration practical and calculations HT Volume of gases The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, progress check and exam questions plus more than one opportunity, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks.
NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Ecology' lessons
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NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Ecology' lessons

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This bundle of resources contains 15 lessons which meet all learning outcomes within the ‘Ecology’ unit for the NEW AQA Biology Specification. Classification New systems of classification Communities Distribution of organisms Competition Adaptations Feeding relationships Recycling materials (water cycle) Carbon cycle The human population explosion Air pollution Water pollution Deforestation & peat destruction Global warming & the impact of change Maintaining biodiversity
NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Chemistry - Extracting Metals
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NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Chemistry - Extracting Metals

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This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Chemistry GCSE, particularly the ‘Chemical changes and electrolysis’ 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 research, either using their phones or using laptops, the dates at which different metals were discovered. Once they have found the dates and filled in their table, they should consider the link between the reactivity of the metal and when it was discovered. After a class discussion of their ideas, students are introduced the idea of a metal ore. The next task is for pupils to watch a video and answer questions on metal extraction, the answers to which are included in the PowerPoint presentation. Next, pupils are shown how carbon is able to reduce a metal oxide in order to extract the pure metal. A general formula is shown to students, using which they are asked to write the word and balanced symbol equation for the reaction between copper oxide/iron oxide/lead oxide and carbon. Once completed students can assess their work against the answers provided. The next part of the lesson focuses on the problems of metal extraction, particularly to the environment. Students will firstly brainstorm their ideas of how metal extraction can cause problems, then some examples are revealed using the PowerPoint presentation and the need for recycling is also explained. Students will then need to complete a progress check, a set of questions to assess their knowledge of what they have learned this lesson. The answers to which are included in the PowerPoint presentations so students can self-assess or peer-assess 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 :)
KS3 ~ Year 8 ~ Photosynthesis
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KS3 ~ Year 8 ~ Photosynthesis

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This lesson is designed for the KS3 Year 8 Science course, specifically the B2 1.2 Ecosystem Processes. For more lessons designed for KS3 and KS4 please visit my shop at: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/SWiftScience. This lesson begins with an introduction to food chains, students will need to know the definition of the a producer and consumer. They are firstly asked to ‘Think > Pair > Share’ their ideas of a definition, before the answers are revealed. Next, students are introduced to the process of photosynthesis, a description of the process is included, as well as a list of the raw materials needed for photosynthesis to occur. Students will now watch a video on photosynthesis, during which students will need to answer a set of questions. This task can be self-assessed using the mark scheme provided. Next, pupils will complete a progress check on what they have learned so far this lesson. Students will need to complete a set of questions in their books, these are exam-style questions which can be marked and corrected using the mark scheme provided. Lastly, students will now watch another video on photosynthesis, with a set of questions that pupils need to answer about the theories surrounding photosynthesis over time. The very last activity require students to complete a sentences link-up task, to summarise what students have learned this lesson. This work can be self-assessed using the mark scheme provided. The plenary requires students requires students to either write a twitter message to summarise what they have learned or complete a set of five quiz questions. 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 :)
NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Bioenergetics' lessons
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NEW AQA GCSE Biology - 'Bioenergetics' lessons

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This bundle of resources contains 9 lessons which meet all learning outcomes within the 'Organisation' unit for the NEW AQA Biology Specification. 1. Plants tissues & organs 2. Photosynthesis 3. Products of photosynthesis 4. The rate of photosynthesis (limiting factors) 5. Making the most of photosynthesis 6. Aerobic Respiration 7. Anaerobic Respiration 8. The response to exercise 9. Metabolism and the liver The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, mid-lesson progress checks, extra challenge tasks, exam-style questions and more than one opportunity, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks.