This scheme of work is designed to prepare students for the new science GCSE courses (first exams 2018). It will bridge the gap between key stages 3 and 4 by introducing some of the fundamental concepts in the biology course. The emphasis is on developing numeracy, literacy and practical skills through engaging activities rather than focusing on content which they will learn at GCSE.
There are eight lessons, although each one includes a practical activity and can be taught over two lessons. The topics are:
1. Size and scale
2. Surface area and volume
5. Food energy
6. Nervous system
8. Natural Selection
The resources include
- a scheme of work outlining each lesson and practical activity
- PowerPoint presentations for each lesson
- editable worksheets to support student learning
- technician requirements
A (double) lesson for year 7 on the skeleton and joints. The powerpoint takes you through the activities, including the worksheet and a practical activity on building a model joint. The research page has all the info for students to complete the worksheet.
This resource summarises the four statistical tests required for A level biology (Standard Deviation, T-test, Spearman Rank, Chi-squared). There is a practice question and mark scheme for each test. The questions are Edexcel SNAB but hopefully they’re relevant to other boards.
A collection of resources for a lesson on disease risk factors. Students begin by completing the health questionnaire. Then the term 'risk factor' is defined. Students then independently look at several pieces of data which link risk factors and disease. This is a good lesson for dealing with data.
A worksheet for A level biology which summarises the processes of transcription, post-transcription modification, translation and the nature of the genetic code. Examples are given for the students to illustrate the role of the coding strand, template strand, mRNA and tRNA. Answers are provided on a separate sheet.
A simple quiz and wordsearch for reviewing acids and alkalis. Students answer the questions then find the answers in the wordsearch.
9. Sodium chloride