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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 3 Topic 6 Exchange. 3 Gas exchange in fish
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AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 3 Topic 6 Exchange. 3 Gas exchange in fish

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PowerPoint introducing gas exchange in fish. Brief animation to explain the countercurrent mechanisms, but it's quite a short PowerPoint (hence the price) and is really designed to be used with the class notes for this topic. The PPT contains notes with most of the answers to the questions on the PPT. Also included is a model students can make of fish gills, including lamella. The idea is they draw on the direction of the blood flow and direction of water movement across the gill filament.
AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 7 Topic 17: Inherited changes
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AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 7 Topic 17: Inherited changes

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Complete set of PowerPoints, bespoke student class notes, any additional resources and marks schemes for (approximately) eight 1.5 hour lessons covering Year 2 topic no. 17 inherited changes. 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. If upon purchasing these resources, you need any support, I'll do my utmost to help.
AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 3 Topic 6 Exchange. 6 Mechanism of breathing
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AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 3 Topic 6 Exchange. 6 Mechanism of breathing

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Very short PowerPoint introducing the mechanisms of breathing. Also included is a card sort activity for inspitration and expiration, before moving on to consider pulmonary ventilation. The PPT contains 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, which contains many activities associated with this lesson.
AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 3 Topic 6 Exchange. 4 In the leaf of a plant
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AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 3 Topic 6 Exchange. 4 In the leaf of a plant

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Very short PowerPoint introducing gas exchange in the leaf of a plant, a topic area student's generally find quite dull! This contains a diagram for students to identify the structures in the cross section of a leaf and later on, a video introducing the stomata. They are then asked a few questions about the opening and closing of the stomatal pore. Where possible, there are links to previously taught year 1 material (i.e. osmosis). The PPT contains 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.
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 4 Topic 8: Protein synthesis 2 Triplet code
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AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 8: Protein synthesis 2 Triplet code

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PowerPoint reviewing the basics of DNA, and what is a gene. Then goes on to the triplet code and introduces the terms, degenerate, non-overlapping and universal. It then goes on to consider how we understand it is a triplet code, and not a singlet or doublet code. It also requires students to use the codon table and gets them to think about using the complement of the DNA nucleotides (in mRNA) to determine the amino acid sequence. This also has a video embedded which answers the question - what percentage of the human genome are introns? Where possible, there are links to previously taught year 1 material. The PPT contains 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 AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 8: Protein synthesis 5 Translation
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AQA AS & A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 4 Topic 8: Protein synthesis 5 Translation

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PowerPoint detailing translation, with a card sort activity that students can use to learn the process, but also figure out the missing words. Also included is a student version you can upload to your VLE, which doesn't contain all the answers. There's a quick quiz to recap the structures of DNA, tRNA and mRNA and a recap on transcription and splicing. There's short animation to show translation, but this does include the presence of a release factor (which is not in the spec). Also, it contains information about amino acid activation, which you can of course remove if you would like. Where possible, there are links to previously taught year 1 material (i.e. drawing a labelled amino acid). The PPT contains 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 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.