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Are you looking for high-quality learning resources for science? Learn it! Science create lessons that focus on excellence and ease of use. All of our resources come packaged with a variety of tasks and mark schemes to reduce planning load for the teacher while increasing challenge for the student. Take a look at the free resources below to discover for yourself!

Are you looking for high-quality learning resources for science? Learn it! Science create lessons that focus on excellence and ease of use. All of our resources come packaged with a variety of tasks and mark schemes to reduce planning load for the teacher while increasing challenge for the student. Take a look at the free resources below to discover for yourself!
IVF
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IVF

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A full lesson teaching In Viro Fertilisation (IVF) as part of the Hormonal Coordination in Humans topic for GCSE AQA Biology (4.5.3.6 - the use of hormones to treat infertility: HT) The PowerPoint can be easily edited to adapt for higher or lower ability students. There are full usage notes on the notes pages of the PowerPoint. This means this lesson could be set as cover work for a non-specialist teacher: they just need to present in ‘presenter view’ so they can read the notes on their laptop as the presentation is displayed in full on the projector All comments gratefully received! I hope this is useful. Image rights documented on PowerPoint.
OCR A - Simpson's Index of Diversity
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OCR A - Simpson's Index of Diversity

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An independent learning resource covering how to use Simpson’s Index of Diversity (OCR A Specification 4.2.1d) (Correct 2/03/19). Section A uses a variety of questions on the topic to ensure students have a complete set of notes, provided the questions are answered in full sentences (you can also use the Cornell Notes Style to ensure a coherent layout). This resource then provides a worked example of how to use Simpson’s Index of Diversity, with full instructions. Section B checks understanding of learning using a practice exam question. Section C is an extension task designed to improve their exam technique. They are to use the attached mark scheme to mark their response to the exam question. They are then asked a number of questions about how markschemes are laid out. I have used this as an independent resource task, a homework task, a revision sheet and as an aid to my own planning. Please let me know what you think.
The Heart and Circulatory System
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The Heart and Circulatory System

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A full lesson introducing the Human Circulatory System as part of the Animal Transport topic for AQA Biology (4.2.2) The lesson includes: Starter review questions from earlier in the course and KS3 Learning outcomes and keywords sheet Key definitions sheet A video link to TEDed A label-your-own heart structure slide with accompanying worksheet (with markscheme) A description question A write-your-own Exam question plenary A 15 mark exam question with mark scheme to assess learning (can be used as a homework) Powerpoint includes full notes on suggested usage on the notes section of the powerpoint. All comment gratefully received! I hope this is useful Cover Image: Diagram of the Human Heart (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Diagram_of_the_human_heart_(cropped).svg) by Wapcaplet is shared under a CC BY-SA 3.0 creative commons license
The Human Endocrine System
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The Human Endocrine System

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A full lesson introducing the Human Endocrine System as part of the Hormonal coordination in humans topic for AQA Biology (4.5.3) The lesson includes: Whiteboard starter question Learning outcomes and keywords sheet A suggested homework Key definitions sheet A video link to TEDed with accompanying comprehension question sheet A label-you-own endocrine glands slide and accompanying blank body outline A six mark comparison question of the nervous and endocrine systems Mix and match activity for the glands and their products Exam question plenary Extension task with double-bubble map Powerpoint includes full notes on suggested usage on the notes section of the powerpoint. All comment gratefully received! I hope this is useful Cover Image by Blausen.com staff (2014) Medical gallery of Blausen medical used under CC BY 3.0; accessed at Wikipedia 02/2019 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endocrinology#/media/File:Blausen_0345_EndocrineSystem_Female2.png
Using Student's t-Test lesson
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Using Student's t-Test lesson

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A full lesson teaching Student’s t-Test from scratch. It is tailored for OCR A Biology but can be easily adapted for any exam board. The lesson includes a full PowerPoint containing learning objectives and keywords, definitions, appropriate formulae and a worked example. The files include: PowerPoint with usage instructions and delivery suggestions in the notes section Practice exam quesitons Full mark schemes An interactive Student’s t-Test Calculator - this can be used to quickly calculate paired or unpaired t-test results, and standard deviation. The excel sheet also includes a critical values table.
OCR A - Theory of Evolution
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OCR A - Theory of Evolution

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An independent learning resource covering the whole of OCR A Evolution and Evidence for evolution (Specification 4.2.2 e, h and i) (Correct 15/02/19) Section A uses a variety of questions on the topic to ensure students have a complete set of notes, provided the questions are answered in full sentence (you can also use the Cornell Notes Style to ensure a coherent layout) Section B checks understanding of learning using a variety of different 1-6 mark questions Section C is an extension research task designed to enhance subject knowledge and engage students in the wider scientific world. This should also better equip them for suggest questions and university interviews. I have used this as an independent resource task, a homework task, a revision sheet and as an aid to my own planning. Please let me know what you think. (Cover Image https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6e/Equine_evolution.jpg CC:BY:SA)
OCR A - Studying Biodiversity & Sampling
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OCR A - Studying Biodiversity & Sampling

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An independent learning resource covering types of biodiversity and sampling methods (Specification 4.2.1a, b and c) (Correct 01/03/19). This resource introduces species richness and species evenness but does not discuss Simpson’s Index of Diversity. Section A uses a variety of questions on the topic to ensure students have a complete set of notes, provided the questions are answered in full sentences (you can also use the Cornell Notes Style to ensure a coherent layout) Section B checks understanding of learning using a variety of different 1-6 mark questions. There is a web link for further information I have used this as an independent resource task, a homework task, a revision sheet and as an aid to my own planning. Please let me know what you think.
Plenary Triangle
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Plenary Triangle

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Print two to a page and you have a ready-to-go plenary for any lesson Learners write down three things they learnt in the lesson, two ways they learnt it (what task taught them the knowledge - metacognition) and one thing they knew before the lesson that helped them (skills or knowledge based). The question at the bottom challenges the student to say what they will do next. Print two to a page and you have a ready-to-go plenary for any lesson An assessment-for-learning template that can be adapted for use in almost any lesson, subject or topic.
Structure and Function of Blood Vessels
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Structure and Function of Blood Vessels

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A full lesson teaching the structure and function of blood vessels as part of the Animal Transport topic for AQA Biology (4.2.2.2) The lesson includes: Starter challenge to design a blood vessel A suggested microscopy practical with accompanying help sheet Learning outcomes and keywords slide Key definitions slide A video link to a YouTube video demonstrating Valves A label-your-own blood vessel slide with accompanying worksheet (markscheme on slide) Key Notes A suggested plenary Powerpoint includes full notes on suggested usage on the notes section. All comments gratefully received! I hope this is useful.
Contraception (Hormonal and Barrier)
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Contraception (Hormonal and Barrier)

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A full lesson teaching Methods of Contraception as part of the Hormonal Coordination in Humans topic for GCSE AQA Biology (4.5.3.5) The PowerPoint can be easily edited to adapt for higher or lower ability students. There are full usage notes on the notes pages of the PowerPoint. This means this lesson could be set as cover work for a non-specialist teacher: they just need to present in ‘presenter view’ so they can read the notes on their laptop as the presentation is displayed in full on the projector All comments gratefully received! I hope this is useful. Image rights documented on PowerPoint.
Using Simpson's Diversity Index Lesson
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Using Simpson's Diversity Index Lesson

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A full lesson teaching Simpson’s Index of Diversity from scratch. It is tailored for OCR A 4.2.2d, but can be easily adapted for any exam board. The lesson includes a full PowerPoint containing learning objectives and keywords, definitions, examples of high and low biodiversity,a fully animated tutorial on how to calculate Simpson’s Index of Diversity, a practice question and a suggested plenary. The files include: PowerPoint with usage instructions. A full copy of the practice exam question (with markscheme), including question sections from the wider syllabus. An independent learning task designed to provide a full set of notes, complete with separate example question and mark schemes. An interactive Simpson’s Diversity Index Excel Calculator - this can be used to quickly calculate Simpson’s Index of Diversity for any habitat with 10 species or fewer. Two copies exist to allow you to directly compare two habitats at once. Full usage instructions are in the PowerPoint. Cover Image By I, Luc Viatour, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=998412
OCR A - Anaerobic Respiration and RQs
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OCR A - Anaerobic Respiration and RQs

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An independent learning resource covering Anaerobic respiration (lactate and alcoholic fermentation) and respiratory quotients (Specification 5.2.2 i,j,and k) (Correct 22/02/19) Section A uses a variety of questions on the topic to ensure students have a complete set of notes, provided the questions are answered in full sentences (you can also use the Cornell Notes Style to ensure a coherent layout) Section B checks understanding of learning using a variety of different 1-6 mark questions Section C is an extension research task designed to enhance subject knowledge and engage students in the wider scientific world. This should also better equip them for suggest questions and university interviews. I have used this as an independent resource task, a homework task, a revision sheet and as an aid to my own planning. Please let me know what you think.
How to use a Microscope: Checklist
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How to use a Microscope: Checklist

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A simple checklist t give to students reminding them how to use a microscope safely and efficiently. The checklist gives: A full method on microscopy Safety reminders A labelled photograph of a microscope I have provided this as a stick in sheet, and also have a set laminated set that I hand out for every microscopy practical as an aide memoire I hope it is useful - please let me know what you think
Double Bubble Map
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Double Bubble Map

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A thinking map used to compare and contrast two items. The learner fills the rectangles with the two topics/ideas/items etc. they are comparing. In the central ‘bubbles’ they write down similarities between the two ideas. In the outer bubbles they write down differences between the two ideas. Useful for planning extended writing tasks, reviewing a topic, checking recall or for critical thinking tasks.
The Menstrual Cycle
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The Menstrual Cycle

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A full lesson teaching the Menstrual Cycle as part of the Hormonal Coordination in Humans topic for GCSE AQA Biology (4.5.3.4) The PowerPoint can be easily edited to adapt for higher or lower ability students. There are full usage notes on the notes pages of the powerpoint. This means this lesson could be set as cover work for a non-specialist teacher: they just need to present in ‘presenter view’ so they can read the notes on their laptop as the presentation is displayed in full on the projector All comments gratefully received! I hope this is useful. Cover Image adapted from Image By Lyrl - Derived from Image:MenstrualCycle.png, an image made by the user Chris 73, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2133814
OCR A - Muscle Contraction
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OCR A - Muscle Contraction

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An independent learning resource covering the structure of mammalian muscle and the mechanism of muscular contraction (OCR A Specification 5.1.5 i ) (Correct 28/03/19). There are three separate sheets covering all of The structural and functional differences between skeletal, involuntary and cardiac muscle the sliding filament model of muscular contraction and the role of ATP The action of neuromuscular junctions and how the supply of ATP is maintained in muscles by creatine phosphate. Section A uses a variety of short-answer questions to ensure students have a complete set of notes, provided the questions are answered in full sentences (you can also use the Cornell Notes Style to ensure a coherent layout) Section B checks understanding of learning using a variety of different application questions questions Section C is an extension task designed to enhance subject knowledge and engage students in the wider scientific world. This should also better equip them for suggest questions and university interviews. Students are asked to research muscle differences in sprinters and marathon runners I have used this as an independent resource task, a homework task, a revision sheet and as an aid to my own planning. Please let me know what you think.
OCR A - Oxidative Phosphorylation
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OCR A - Oxidative Phosphorylation

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An independent learning resource covering oxidative phosphorylation, the electron transport chain, chemiosmosis and chemiosmotic theory (Specification 5.2.2 f, g and h) (Correct 2/02/19) Section A uses a variety of questions on the topic to ensure students have a complete set of notes, provided the questions are answered in full sentences (you can also use the Cornell Notes Style to ensure a coherent layout) Section B checks understanding of learning using a variety of different 1-6 mark questions Section C is an extension task designed to enhance subject knowledge and engage students in the wider scientific world. This should also better equip them for suggest questions and university interviews. Students are asked to apply their knowledge to historical investigations into respiration. I have used this as an independent resource task, a homework task, a revision sheet and as an aid to my own planning. Please let me know what you think. EDIT 13/03/19 - found some errors in mark scheme which are now corrected
OCR A - Tissues, Organs and Organ Systems
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OCR A - Tissues, Organs and Organ Systems

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An independent learning resource covering the organisation of cells into tissues, organs and organ systems (OCR A Specification 2.1.6i) (Correct 01/04/19) Section A uses a variety of short-answer questions to ensure students have a complete set of notes, provided the questions are answered in full sentences (you can also use the Cornell Notes Style to ensure a coherent layout). The task provides an opportunity to practice drawing and labelling biological diagrams. Full markscheme provided. The tissues discussed includes: Squamous Epithelia; Ciliated epithelia; Cartilage; Muscle; Xylem; Phloem Section B provides practice at OCR A style multiple choice questions. Again, full markscheme provided. This resource will complement any textbook or revision guide on the topic I have used this as an independent resource task, a homework task, a revision sheet and as an aid to my own planning. Please let me know what you think.
OCR A - Stem Cells and Differentiation
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OCR A - Stem Cells and Differentiation

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An independent learning resource covering differentiation, use of stem cells and how cells of multicellular organisms are specialised for particular functions (OCR A Specification 2.1.6 h,j,k,l and m ) (Correct 29/03/19). Section A uses a variety of short-answer questions to ensure students have a complete set of notes, provided the questions are answered in full sentences (you can also use the Cornell Notes Style to ensure a coherent layout). The task requires a small level of research into Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases, as well as developmental biology. Full mark scheme is provided Table of specialised cells includes: Erythrocytes Neutrophils Epithelial cells Sperm cells Palisade cells Guard Cells Root hair cells The sheet also provides an opportunity to practice biological diagrams This resource will complement any textbook or revision guide on the topic I have used this as an independent resource task, a homework task, a revision sheet and as an aid to my own planning. Please let me know what you think.
Practical Skills Feedback Sheets
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Practical Skills Feedback Sheets

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These are marking matrices to give feedback for various aspects of practical investigation:\n\nPractical Technique\nCollecting Data\nAnalysis\nEvaluation\nDiagrams\nCalculations\nGraphs\n\nThey are made using marking criteria for controlled assessment, translated into easier language broken down into categories. Simply highlight the cell for each strand you believe the student has achieved, and an overall traffic light score