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 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.
Two practice papers (31 and 34 marks) which can be used to prepare students for the exam.
I've tried to anticipate the sort of questions which will come up, based on previous papers. I normally manage to guess quite a few. Mark schemes also included.
Any feedback is appreciated - thank you and good luck.
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.
A simple quiz and wordsearch for reviewing acids and alkalis. Students answer the questions then find the answers in the wordsearch.
9. Sodium chloride
A ready-made lesson resource where students use the information on one sheet to complete the table on the other. This can be differentiated to include adaptation as well as functions for more able students
This worksheet supports students in carrying out two simple experiments:
a) how does the type of surface affect the time taken for a ball to roll down the ramp (eg wood or bubble wrap)?
b) how does the height of the ramp affect the time taken for the ball to roll down?
There is also support for drawing a bar and line graph of results.
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.
In this activity, students use Hooke's Law to make their own forcemeter from a spring. They then plot their results on the line graph (there are two axes available - one provided the scale for weaker students)
You will need to prepare 3 mystery objects which students will weigh using their forcemeter. They can use their graph to work out the approximate weights of the objects.
Calculation questions extracted from various exam papers (2008 and 2015 spec) for practicing the following maths skills:
- heart rate calculations
- percentage change
- data analysis
Answers included at the end
Some initial questions about the article. I get the students to write answers, although I'll probably make a mark scheme and upload it when I get a chance.
The accompanying powerpoint has some links and images to get students thinking about the topics.
Added 20/04/16: Two activity sheets based on the article and a glossary