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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.

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.
The Cell Cycle
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The Cell Cycle

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This resources goes step-by-step through the stages of the cells cycle. It provides useful visual aids for explanations as well as short descriptions about what happens at each stage.
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.
Gravitational Potential Energy and Kinetic Energy
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Gravitational Potential Energy and Kinetic Energy

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This lesson begins with a ‘graph description’ activity and opportunity for students to make scientific predictions. Included in the first couple of slides are links to useful video resources for the topic. There is then an option of two different practical investigations. The first invites students to design an experiment testing how the gradient of a ramp effects the speed of the car, whilst the second asks how the height you drop the ball from effect the height of the bounce.
Energy Efficiency
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Energy Efficiency

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This resource provides a visual stimulus to initiate discussions on energy efficiency and how to reduce our heating bills. Students are invited to produce a leaflet for house-holders who want to know what they can do to reduce their heating bills, and to design a house that has minimum energy standards. The resources also includes a few big questions relating to the topic.
Standard Form
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Standard Form

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This resource introduces standard form, what it is and why it is useful. It includes a useful link to an animation on the topic, and questions with answers to give students practice on writing numbers in standard form.
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.
Gene Technology and Biotechnology
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Gene Technology and Biotechnology

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This resource provides useful images and links to videos to help stimulate discussion on genetic modification and CRISPR. It also includes a list of questions for students to answer on the topic of genetic engineering and biotechnology.
Mutations
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Mutations

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This resource begins with a useful visual to introduce the topic of mutations and initiate discussion on point mutations. Students are then invited to watch two videos (links provided) before researching and answering a series of questions about mutations. I usually allow 20 minutes for the students to answer the questions on the worksheet, before going through the answers as a class (using the PowerPoint slides). If there is time, I then explain how mutations in bacteria enable them to become resistant to antibiotics.
Graph Drawing Marking Framework
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Graph Drawing Marking Framework

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This graph drawing resource functions as both a checklist and marking framework for students. At the start of my graph drawing activity, I hand students a copy of the marking framework and remind the students how to draw a scientific graph. Students then use the checklist as they draw their graphs to ensure they have included everything they need for full marks. Students then either hand in their graphs or swap graphs with their peers and the marking framework is used to give students a grade for their graphs.
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.
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.
Metals and Acids
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Metals and Acids

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This resource introduces reactions between metal and acids, word and symbol equations, as well as the squeeky pop test.
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.
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.
Mitosis and the Cell Cycle
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Mitosis and the Cell Cycle

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This resource, provides an easy to use, simple visual for an introductory lesson on mitosis and the cell cycle. The resources includes a couple of useful links to videos as well as a true false quiz on the topic.
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.
Transcription and Translation Step-by-Step
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Transcription and Translation Step-by-Step

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This provides a useful visual resource, with written summaries, of the main stages in transcription and translation. I use it with my lower ability students who benefit from visual stimuli, as it goes through the processes step by step.
Stem Cells and Designer Babies
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Stem Cells and Designer Babies

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This resource begins by introducing stem cells and their uses, before inviting students to write a clearly balanced account of the arguments surrounding the use of stem cells in research. It then moves on to introduce designer babies and encourages students to write a clearly balanced account of the arguments surrounding designer babies. This lesson provides excellent opportunities for class discussions on ethically challenging topics and an opportunity for students to complete extended pieces of writing. The resource includes links to useful videos on the topic.
Geological Time and Earth Evolution
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Geological Time and Earth Evolution

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This resources provides useful images and videos to help stimulate discussion and learning about the evolution of life on earth. Students use the internet to help them construct diagrams of the geological time scale, including the times and names for the geological eras and periods, as well as descriptions of important events of life on Earth.
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.