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Science has been and always will be a passion of mine. As a successful science teacher and faculty leader it is my duty to make science accessible and fun for all, increasing prosperity and success within the science industry at a time where we need it most. These resources are aimed at changing the standard pedagogical approach to teaching and put a new and 21st Century touch to delivering science lessons.

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Science has been and always will be a passion of mine. As a successful science teacher and faculty leader it is my duty to make science accessible and fun for all, increasing prosperity and success within the science industry at a time where we need it most. These resources are aimed at changing the standard pedagogical approach to teaching and put a new and 21st Century touch to delivering science lessons.
Enzyme Annotation Worksheet
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Enzyme Annotation Worksheet

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This fantastic worksheet focuses on the enzyme-substrate complex. Containing illustrations of the stages involved it is the pupils task to complete the annotations of this diagram by filling in the missing gaps.
Transfers in Food Chains & Webs
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Transfers in Food Chains & Webs

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This is an outstanding lesson that immerses the students into the world of trophic levels in food chains and food webs. A variety of differentiated activities are included.
Transpiration
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Transpiration

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This is an outstanding resource created from the Edexcel International GCSE 2009 in Science (Double Award) (4SC0) and Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in Science (KSC0). This resource draws in visual presentation slides whilst maintaining its informational content. An observation of the lesson from the University of Hertfordshire deemed this lesson as outstanding. The hook/starter draws upon the pupils inquisitiveness to learn by showing them an image of wet cloths hanging on a washing line. Pupils are asked to discuss under what conditions would these clothes dry quicker than normal. The level descriptors/outcomes will then be discussed with the class which they can refer back to through out the period of the lesson to monitor their own progress. This lesson is hands on immediately as pupils should be able to prepare a stick of celery (with leaves) and rest this in a beak of blue dye. This can be placed at the side of the lab to return to later. Secondly, the pupils will then prepare a section of plant which includes a root system as well as leaves (spider plant) and place this in a boiling tube. The roots will be covered with water and then a small layer of oil should be placed on top of this. Therefore the only pathway for the water is through the plant. These plants will be placed in 4 conditions: in direct sunlight, the shade, under a heat lamp, and in front of a fan. Pupils are then handed the attached worksheet which has been adapted from an a-level resource. The presentation and the handout go hand in hand. The sections of the worksheet are number 1 to 12. These sections tell the story of transpiration through many different mini-activities, mini-plenary's, practice exam questions, practicals and demonstrations. The sections focus on the root system including root hair cells, the function and structure of the xylem, the structure and function of the leaves, concluding with the factors that effect transpiration. The lesson is concluded by collecting in the data from the plants in the 4 different conditions. Plants should have bee weighed on a balance before, and the after the period of time. A noticeable difference in mass should be detectable between different conditions.
Magnification Workbook
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Magnification Workbook

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This excellent resource covers SI units of measurements, magnification, resolution, and calculating magnification from images. Questions have been taken from a range of papers and questions reworded. Pupils are to work through the booklet from the start for a thorough understanding of this topic. the attached power point contains the answers. All answers are illustrated and explained clearly.
Reacting Metals, Metal Oxides & Metal Carbonates with Acid
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Reacting Metals, Metal Oxides & Metal Carbonates with Acid

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This resource is created from the Edexcel International GCSE 2009 in Science (Double Award) (4SC0) and Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in Science (KSC0) and covers the topic of 'testing for ions'. The simplicity of this resource is what makes this complex so easy to follow and comprehend by the pupils. The starter activity gets pupils thinking about the properties of gases, if they are invisible, how do we know they are present? The presentation then goes onto identify the 3 types of metal compounds you can react with acid. Then leading onto explain the products of these three reactions, breaking it down to the key principle that you only have to be able to name the salt formed, the other products are given to you. The subsequent slides the run through some worked examples, including symbol equations for those exceeding. This is an interactive part of the lesson whereby pupils can get up and solve the equation or there are attached worksheets for independent. This leads on nicely to the practical art of the lesson whereby the students react different acids with different metals, metal oxides and metal carbonates to produce different salts and products. Level descriptors are shown constantly and consistently throughout to challenge pupils.
Biology - Air Pollution (Acid Rain) Fundamentals
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Biology - Air Pollution (Acid Rain) Fundamentals

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This resource outlines the stages by which acid rain is created. Images (that they are able to colour in) outline how we produce and add carbon dioxide/monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide to the atmosphere. With subsequent images showing acid rain falling and then the environmental effects this can have. Excellent resource to summarize the process of non-metal oxidation and ramifications
Rates of Reaction
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Rates of Reaction

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This is an outstanding resource that is created based on the Edexcel International GCSE 2009 in Science (Double Award) (4SC0) and Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in Science (KSC0) and focuses of the topic of endothermic and exothermic reactions. The hook is aimed the challenge the mathematical aspects of science. Two shapes which have exactly the same volume are shown on the board however the surface area are different. Pupils are given side sizes and asked to determine whats the difference. The level descriptors are shown and discussed with the class. These will be displayed consistently throughout the lesson for pupils to refer back to as a gauge of their own progress. A recap of previous lessons (Acids and metals, solubility) is covered as this flows very nicely into the content of the lesson. Pupils asked to consider how all these chemical reactions take place. The idea of collisions is covered and a demonstration of burning paper puts this concept into perspective for pupils. Animations of these collisions are also provided in the presentation for further clarity. Activation energy is illustrated using real like examples. The 4 factors that need to be covered for effecting rate of reaction are broken down into a 4 phase practical activity. A table will be provided for pupils to fill out during the subsequent practicals. Phase 1: Concentration. Pupils are told how concentration effects rate of reaction. This is illustrated by a whole class kinaesthetic activity. A acid demonstration is also shown to show scientific perspective. Phase 2: Temperature. Pupils told how temperature effects rate of reaction. Pupils to oxidise magnesium over a Bunsen flame. Phase 3: Catalysts. Pupils told how the presence of catalysts effect rate of reaction. Pupils to create miniature versions of elephants toothpaste. Phase 4: Surface Area. Pupils told how surface area effects rate of reaction. Pupils to react different size marble chips with acid. Activity: Facts, reasons, models. Worksheet to describe the different ates of reaction. Plenary: Fill the gaps
Drugs
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Drugs

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This lesson covers the topic of drugs and how we classify them as well as in what circumstances they are used. A fun and interactive true or false game is included within the lesson.
The Alimentary Canal (Digestive System)
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The Alimentary Canal (Digestive System)

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This resource is created from the Edexcel International GCSE 2009 in Science (Double Award) (4SC0) and Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in Science (KSC0) and focuses on the topic of the alimentary canal. The presentation starts by outlining the basic purpose of the alimentary canal. Students are then handed a worksheet which I created myself to match this course and lesson specifically. During the subsequent slides, pupils are down write down the individual structures of the alimentary canal as well as get down a very clear and concise description and function of this structure. This resource also talks about absorption in the small intestine in slightly more detail by talking about the process of digestive enzymes breaking down large molecules into smaller ones. The processes of ingestion, digestion, absorption, assimilation and egestion are visited so pupils get a large scale idea of what is going on. The activity for resource gets pupils into groups of 4-5 whereby they must create a large scale version of the alimentary canal on backing paper/poster paper. They can use as many resources as they wish (paper, paints, card, pen, pencil, oil pastels, newspaper) to create this large diagram. They are expected to include all of the labels as well as annotations. Perfect for wall displays when finished. You can also find my 'alimentary canal - fundamentals' resource works well to summarize this resource. level descriptors are shown throughout to constantly and consistently challenge pupils.
Biology - The Alimentary Canal (Digestive System) Fundamentals
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Biology - The Alimentary Canal (Digestive System) Fundamentals

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This resource covers the basic structures of the alimentary canal. The sheet focuses on students being able to label the diagram as well as fill in the missing blanks of the text that outlines the process of digestion. All key words are included and a very visual 3 stage image of absorption in the small intestine. Easily adaptable to add or remove labels. Perfect for a topic summary.
Molecules & Enzymes
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Molecules & Enzymes

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Based on the Edexcel International GCSE 2009 in Science (Double Award) (4SC0) and Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in Science (KSC0) this resource focuses on molecules and enzymes. This work sheet illustrates 3 types of molecules we ingest in an average diet on a molecular level (lipids, starch, protein) and shows how they are broken down into simpler molecules. The use of enzymes in this process is focused on by zooming in on carbohydrase, illustrating how the lock and key hypothesis works as well as providing and indication about what can happen to the active site if temperature was to increase. A graph is then presented whereby temperature is effecting the rate of reaction. The resource contains gaps in the information for pupils to fill in on their own, in groups or as a whole group activity.
Laboratory Safety Literacy Mat
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Laboratory Safety Literacy Mat

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This resource is created to implement the safety rules and regulations that should be applied in any science lab. It is formatted as a literacy mat so that pupils can have these in their work place to constantly and consistently remind them, reinforcing the correct way to do things.
The Effect of Temperature & pH on Enzymes
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The Effect of Temperature & pH on Enzymes

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This outstanding resource covers the topic enzymes and how they are affected by changes in their environment, specifically temperature and pH. This is a perfect consolidation worksheet used for revision or homework and even in class. It contains fill the gap activities as well as asks pupils to draw and interpret graphs. Illustrations included make this worksheet user friendly.
Muscles & Breathing
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Muscles & Breathing

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This lessons introduces pupils into the topic of the human body by investigating the mechanisms in place that allow us to breath. Optional tasks in this resource include lung dissection.
Becoming Pregnant
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Becoming Pregnant

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This resource is an excellent way to address the topic of becoming pregnant as well as the stages through pregnancy in which the fertilised egg develops into a fetus.