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I've been teaching A-level biology for years and have spent several hours developing resources to the highest possible standard. They are designed to maximise class time - spending less time on learning facts, with a focus on application and the processing of information.

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I've been teaching A-level biology for years and have spent several hours developing resources to the highest possible standard. They are designed to maximise class time - spending less time on learning facts, with a focus on application and the processing of information.
AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 8 Topic 21 DNA technology 1 Producing fragments
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AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 8 Topic 21 DNA technology 1 Producing fragments

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PowerPoint introducing the topic. Contains a starter question and a quick video, with one of my favourite quotes, before using the manufacture of synthetic insulin as an example to illustrate where this field of DNA technology originated. it outlines the different steps involved in the topic for the isolation, replication and identification of the desired gene/protein, and then introduces stick and blunt ends. Where possible, there are links to previously taught material. The PPT contains (a few) notes with most of the answers to the questions on the PPT. This resource is designed to be used with the class notes for this topic.
AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 5 Topic 11: Photosynthesis
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AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 5 Topic 11: Photosynthesis

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Complete set of pre-work, PowerPoints, bespoke student class notes, any additional resources and marks schemes for four 1.5 hour lessons covering Year 2 topic no. 11: Photosynthesis. These resources have taken several hours to develop and are offered here for a bargain, considering the amount of work that has gone into producing them. In this bundle, the class notes, PowerPoints and all other resources are fully editable to suit your style of teaching. They make reference to, and may require students to access both the Toole & Toole and AQA A Level Biology Student Book 2 (Lowrie & Smith) for some independent study. The pre-work contains links to websites, videos and some images in the folder dividers. The pre-work also requires students to complete a topic glossary (in the folder dividers), which are also available on TES, along with accompanying images. It is important students complete the pre-work prior to the lessons because they are then tested on their understanding of the pre-work throughout the topic. The topic overview sheet is for students to write up their notes after the topic has been taught. If upon purchasing these resources, you need any support, I'll do my utmost to help. These materials have been trialed & refined this academic year. Last year on the old spec, these resources helped my classes to achieve ALPS scores of 1 and 2.
AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 2 Topic 3: Cell structure
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AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 2 Topic 3: Cell structure

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Complete set of pre-work, PowerPoints, bespoke student class notes, any additional resources and marks schemes for eight 1.5 hour lessons covering AS / Year 1 topic no. 3: Cell structure. These resources have taken several hours to develop and are offered here for a bargain, considering the amount of work that has gone into producing them. In this bundle, the class notes, PowerPoints and all other resources are fully editable to suit your style of teaching. They make reference to, and may require students to access both the Toole & Toole and AQA A Level Biology Student Book 1 (Lowrie & Smith) for some independent study. The pre-work contains links to websites, videos and some images in the folder dividers. The pre-work also requires students to complete a topic glossary (in the folder dividers), which are also available on TES, along with accompanying images. It is important students complete the pre-work prior to the lessons because they are then tested on their understanding of the pre-work throughout the topic. The topic overview sheet is for students to write up their notes after the topic has been taught. An exemplar student topic overview is included, which I tasked my students to assess prior to them completing their first topic overview. If upon purchasing these resources, you need any support, I'll do my utmost to help. These materials have been trialed & refined last year and played a central role in enabling my classes (sizes of 20+) to achieve ALPS scores of 2.
AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 5 Topic 14: Respiration
andrew.m.oldfield

AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 5 Topic 14: Respiration

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This bundle contains pre-work, PowerPoints, bespoke class notes, additional resources and a marks scheme for the Year 2 Biology topic of Respiration (AQA). The class notes, PowerPoints and all other resources are fully editable to suit your style of teaching. They make reference to, and may require students’ to access both the Toole & Toole and AQA A Level Biology Student Book 2 (Lowrie & Smith) for independent study. The pre-work contains links to websites and videos, but also requires students’ to complete a topic glossary and label an image in the the folder dividers - a multi-purpose resource available on TES (not included in this bundle). The pre-work should be completed prior to the lessons because students’ are then tested on their understanding of the material in the pre-work as the topic is taught. The PowerPoints and bespoke class notes are designed to maximise lesson time so students’ can quickly grasp factual content before moving on to the application of their knowledge through problem solving activities that demand processing of information (contained in the class notes). The PowerPoints are animated and contain as little text as possible, so the necessary factual information is more obvious to the learner. The PowerPoints provide ample opportunity to test the students’ recall and understanding of the pre-work. The ‘Topic overview’ sheet is the relevant section of the specification, re-written as a check list. Students’ can write up their notes after the topic has been taught in a format they feel most comfortable with (i.e. flashcards, posters, A4 notes). I instruct my students’ to handwrite their topic overview, unless they have access arrangements in examinations. An exemplar student topic overview is included in the Biological molecule bundle. If upon purchasing these resources, you need any support, I'll do my utmost to help.
AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 8 Topic 21 DNA technology 2 In vivo cloning
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AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 8 Topic 21 DNA technology 2 In vivo cloning

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Detailed PowerPoint containing a starter question before insertion, transformation and the identification of the desired gene/protein are outlined. Where possible, there are links to previously taught material. The PPT contains (a few) notes with questions and answers. This resource has taken a long time to perfect (hence the price) and is designed to be used with the class notes for this topic.
AS / A-level Biology Moodle quiz - 1. Biological molecules (sample)
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AS / A-level Biology Moodle quiz - 1. Biological molecules (sample)

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Please read the following carefully before downloading and attempting to use with your Moodle platform. Over the past 6 years I have created and developed a number of online end-of-topic quizzes. They were set up on the advice of some outstanding students who wanted additional ways to test their performance as the year progresses. It's taken a huge amount of time and effort in setting them up, and developing them so they accommodate various correct responses to each answer. These can be used as summative assessments or for revision (I prefer the former) and are designed for use with the Moodle platform. They contain a variety of questions that are (nearly) all based on past exam style questions. Although they are tailored towards the AQA specification, they could easily be adapted so they are more akin to any of the exam boards. These widely regarded as 'helpful' by students to understand the topic content, exam terminology / question exposure, stress associated with timed assessment and how to model exam question answers - in addition, upon submitting the attempt, feedback is provided for almost every question. Because they are accessible online, students can access them out of the classroom, allowing more time for teaching. They have been particularly useful for both students' to identify weaknesses in subject knowledge, but also for the teachers as it is possible to quickly identify the questions students have not done so well on, and of course, those in the class who have not completed the quiz (you need to set up groups in order to do this easily). Anecdotally, the first attempt at each quiz appears to be aligned with student progress on the course - i.e. if a student is achieving, on average, A grades on their first attempt on several quizzes, they are likely to achieve an A grade at AS. There is an enforced 48 hour delay between the attempts so students' are not simply remembering the answers and students are expected to achieve a certain percentage before being able to access the next quiz (this can of course be changed if you feel this to be counterproductive). For students with additional time in examinations, you can simply create a duplicate quiz and amend the time allowed accordingly. Available for download here is a free sample of the first quiz (containing only some of the questions) so you can check the compatibility, functionality and quality before committing to purchase. Upon downloading, you will need to amend the file extension from .doc to .mbz before uploading to your Moodle platform, which you do through the 'restore' function in the administration menu.
AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 1 Topic 1: Biological molecules (SAMPLE)
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AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 1 Topic 1: Biological molecules (SAMPLE)

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This is a sample of the style of resources available for the whole of the AS & A-level (AQA) Biology courses, which will be soon be available (over the next few months). The class notes help to maintain student focus as the class completes sections of the booklet during the topic, using the PowerPoint's. Some of the work in the class notes can be set for homework. In my experience, using a booklet helps enormously with student organisation as the resource is in one place, so it easier to file and more difficult to lose. It also helps in that less time is spent at the printer and you do not need to hand out bits of paper at the start of every lesson. This might seem quite 'narrow', but it is a highly efficient approach to teaching A-level Biology. It also helps for when students are absent as they have the class notes and can complete most of them using the PowerPoints and text books. This approach to also ensures students' are provided a decent set of revision notes that contain the necessary information for examination success and helps to maximise lesson time, thereby allowing more time for activities that help develop the skills needed for students' to: -- 'Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures', -- 'Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence'. The PowerPoints are designed to complement the class notes, and contain animations and activities. It is NOT intended that the students simply copy down everything that is on the PowerPoint! The full bundle of Biological Molecules contains pre-work, seven PowerPoints, two sets of class notes (fully editable), marking guidelines and a topic overview check sheet. In most of the bundles available, all of the above and more is included. It is also worth viewing the 'Folder Dividers', as my students have found these particularly useful. These materials have been carefully developed over the past 6 years and were trialed and refined last year when teaching the new specification for the first time - they played a central role in enabling my classes (sizes of 20+) to achieve ALPS scores of 2.