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I am a highly qualified and experienced secondary school teacher with a passion for providing an inspirational, high-quality education to students aged 11-18. My resources provide useful visual support for teachers during lessons and activities to aid learning of scientific concepts.

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I am a highly qualified and experienced secondary school teacher with a passion for providing an inspirational, high-quality education to students aged 11-18. My resources provide useful visual support for teachers during lessons and activities to aid learning of scientific concepts.
Heat Transfers: Conduction, Convection, Radiation
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Heat Transfers: Conduction, Convection, Radiation

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This simple to use and engaging resource provides a useful framework for a lesson on conduction, convection and radiation. Depending on how much time is available to you, I like to demonstrate conduction through particles by inviting my students to stand next to each other, shoulder to shoulder, vibrating slowly. I then “transfer energy” to one of the students, invting them to vibrate faster, knocking the students (particles) on either side of them, transferring the energy on. To help demonstrate convection, I use the potassium permanganate practical. I usually allow the students to carry out a practical on radiation during the following lesson.
Physical and Chemical Changes
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Physical and Chemical Changes

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This resource provides an easy to use, simple and useful introduction to the differences between physical and chemical changes. The first slide can be used as a starter, to initiate discussion and inspire students to offer up ideas about the differences between physical and chemical changes. The second and third slides provide a useful visual that can be used to help explain the differences between physical and chemical changes. The resource also includes some fun, quick quizzes to help assess the class’s understanding of the differences between physical and chemical changes.
Darwin, Wallace and the theory of evolution
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Darwin, Wallace and the theory of evolution

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This resource introduces the Darwin and Wallace, their research and the theory of evolution. Included within the resource are a few links to videos that I find useful for introducing the theory and also opens discussion on the relationship between the two scientists. It invites students to consider whether Darwin cheated Wallace out of his rightful place in history, a question that often leads to great class discussions.
The Water Cycle
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The Water Cycle

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This resource introduces the water cycle, the key terms relating to the water cycle, and how polluted water effects the water cycle. The resource includes activities for the students to complete, for example students describe the journey of a water molecule from a river high in the mountains, through the atmosphere and eventually back to the starting point. The resource also includes an experiment that students could complete to investigating the effect of pollution (acid rain) on seed germination.
Chromatography
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Chromatography

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This resource introduces the three types of chromatography: paper chromatography, thin-layer chromatography, and gas chromatography. It compares the stationary phases (does not move) and mobile phases (does move) of these three types of chromatography. It also explains how to calculate Rf values and how colourless substances can be located on a thin-layer or paper chromatogram.
Colours of Light
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Colours of Light

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This resource provides an incredibly useful visual aid for the topic of ‘colours of light’. It covers everything from refraction and dispersion, to colour filters and explanations for why objects appear differently in different colours of light.
Plant Responses - Photoperiodism
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Plant Responses - Photoperiodism

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This high quality and easy-to-use resource on ‘plant responses to the environment’ is specifically designed for students studying OCR A-Level Biology. It includes information about photoperiodism and phytochromes in plants. Students should begin by watching my video tutorial on this topic, which is freely available via my YouTube channel: BiologyWithNewhouse. I have included a link to the video tutorial in the activity sheet. Students should then use information from the video tutorial and the PowerPoint slides to help them complete the activity sheet. This can be done entirely independently, as a flip-learning exercise, or with teacher support.
Animal Responses - Mammalian Nervous System and The Brain
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Animal Responses - Mammalian Nervous System and The Brain

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This high quality and easy-to-use resource on ‘animal responses’ is specifically designed for students studying OCR A-Level Biology. It includes information about the organisation of the mammalian nervous system, the structure of the human brain and the function of its parts. Students should begin by watching my video tutorials on this topic, which are freely available via my YouTube channel: BiologyWithNewhouse. I have included a link to the video tutorials in the activity sheet. Students should then use information from the video tutorials and the PowerPoint slides to help them complete the activity sheet. This can be done entirely independently, as a flip-learning exercise, or with teacher support.
Transcription and Translation
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Transcription and Translation

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This resource begins with a starter slight, that encourages students to revise their knowledge of DNA structure. The second slide includes two useful visual aids to help you explain the processes of transcription and translation. The third slide includes three useful links to videos on protein synthesis and invites students to create their own summary resource on the topic. This activity can be set for homework or can fill a full lesson. Depending on the ability of my class, I then present students with the Genetic Code diagram that shows which codons code for which amino acids and ask them to explain what it shows. After comparing DNA and RNA using the venn diagramm on slide 5, students then complete the quick quiz on slide 6 and finally the two past paper questions on protein synthesis.
Sound and Energy Transfer
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Sound and Energy Transfer

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This easy-to-use PowerPoint resource introduces sound and how it travels. It links well to the particle model, solids, liquids and gases, and also includes a 6 mark question that requires students to use the speed, distance, time equation.
The Structure and Function of the Kidneys
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The Structure and Function of the Kidneys

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This resources covers the structure and function of the kidney. It includes information about ultrafiltration and selective reabsorption, a series of activities for students to complete, useful diagrams and links to animations on the topic. It also covers how the volume of urine produced is controlled through negative feedback.
Human Genome Project
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Human Genome Project

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This resource encourages students to research the human genome project. It includes a series of questions to guide their research as well as answers to the questions.
Pure and Impure
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Pure and Impure

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This resource explains the difference between pure and impure substances, challenges students to compare graphs of pure and impure substances, and explains what is happening at a particle level during heating. Students then complete a simple practical where they measure the temperature of a substance as they heat it and then use a graph of their results to conclude whether or not the substance was pure or impure.
Lung Capacity and Breathing
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Lung Capacity and Breathing

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This engaging and easy to use resource provides a useful visual aid for introducing the changes that occur in lungs during during inhalation and exhalation, how lung volume can be measured and the factors that effect it. If you have a bell jar model of the lungs available to you, then the lesson is supported well with a demonstration.
Genotypes, Phenotypes, Dominant and Recessive
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Genotypes, Phenotypes, Dominant and Recessive

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This lesson introduces the key terms for the genetics topic, including: genotype, phenotype, dominant, recessive, homozygous and heterozygous. It provides a useful visual aid for introducing these key terms and includes a short quiz to test student understanding.
The Menstrual Cycle
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The Menstrual Cycle

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This resource introduces the menstrual cycle and the main hormones involved in regulating the cycle. It includes a fun snakes-and-ladders game to help students learn more about what happens at each stage of the cycle and encourages students to create their own summary resource.
Leaf Structure and Function
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Leaf Structure and Function

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This creative and easy-to-use resource introduces leaf structure and function. It begins with a discussion about adaptions and the structures that make leaves specially adapted for their function. It includes cross-sectional diagrams through the leaf for students to label, before inviting students to design an experiment to investigate whether plants lose more water from the upper or lower leaf surface. It includes a writing frame to help support students as they design, carry out and evaluate their experiments, as well as a true or false quiz to finish.
DNA Structure
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DNA Structure

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This PowerPoint resource provides a useful visual aid for a lesson on the discovery and structure of DNA. It includes activities, questions and video links. I usually begin the lesson by inviting students to write down everything they already know about DNA in a black pen. I then introduce Watson and Crick, and the structure of DNA, using all the key terms on the slide. I then give my students minutes to answer the 6 mark question on the structure of DNA. Students then self-mark their answer using the mark scheme included in the PowerPoint, and show me on their fingers how many marks out of 6 they achieved for the question. If students have access to their own laptops I then invite students to watch a few of the video links that go into slightly greater detail about the structure of DNA. At the end of the lesson I ask the students to return to the list they made at the beginning of the lesson about everything they already knew about DNA. I invite the students to spend a couple of minutes adding to their list in a green pen with everything they now know about DNA.
Mitosis and Meiosis
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Mitosis and Meiosis

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This resource provides a useful visual aid for introducing and comparing the processes of meiosis and mitosis. The resource includes links to videos on the topic, questions for students to answer, and a true false quiz. One of the tasks instructs students to create a video, poster, or model on mitosis or meiosis. This activity could either be completed during lessons or as a homework.