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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.
Efficiency of Biomass Transfer
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Efficiency of Biomass Transfer

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This resource covers pyramids of biomass and calculating the efficiency of biomass transfer. It explains how pyramids of biomass are draw, why biomass decreases at each topic level, and the equation for calculating the efficiency of biomass transfer.
Negative Feedback
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Negative Feedback

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This resource introduces negative feedback in the context of the endocrine system, using the example of thyroxine and the thyroid gland.
Photosynthesis experiments
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Photosynthesis experiments

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This resource introduces a series of experiments relating to the reactants and products of photosynthesis. The experiments provide evidence that carbon dioxide, chlorophyll and sunlight are required for photosynthesis to occur, and that oxygen and glucose are produced.
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.
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.
Heart Structure and Heart Dissection
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Heart Structure and Heart Dissection

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This resource introduces the structure of the heart and double circulatory system. The second slide can be used both to introduce the different parts of the heart or as an assessment-for-learning activity at the end of the lesson. The third slide includes a worksheet that can be printed off and handed out to the students, for them to complete before the heart dissection. I usually project the fourth slide during the heart dissection to help students identify the different parts of the heart as they carry out their dissections. If there is time at the end of the lesson, I introduce the double circulatory system via an active learning activity, where students circulate around the classroom, holding either blue or red counters to represent deoxygenated and oxygenated red blood cells.
Homeostasis: Thermoregulation
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Homeostasis: Thermoregulation

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This resource introduces thermoregulation and the actions or behaviours that increase or decrease heat loss. The resource includes a quick quiz and activity intstructing students to produce an A4 summary diagram explaining thermoregulation in humans.
Enzymes
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Enzymes

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This resources provides a fun and colourful introduction to enzymes. It is both a useful visual aid and includes past paper questions for students to answer. The resource defines enzymes as biological catalysts, made of protein, and breaks this definition down so that it is easy to understand. It introduces the lock and key theory as well as denaturation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plant and Animal Cells
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Plant and Animal Cells

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This resources revises the difference between plant and animal cells, introduces the main cell organelles, their structure and function, as well as the main differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
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.
Electron Microscopy
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Electron Microscopy

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This resource introduces electron microscopy, compares light and electron microscopy and considers the advantages and disadvantages of light and electron microscopy.
Factors that effect the rate of an enzyme-catalysed reaction
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Factors that effect the rate of an enzyme-catalysed reaction

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This resource considers four factors that effect the rate of an enzyme-catalysed reaction: temperature, pH, concentration of enzyme, and concentration of substrate. This resource includes enough information and visual aids to fill 2 or 3 lessons. When I teach this topic, my students carry out a simple experiment, looking at the rate of hydrogen peroxide decomposition, to provide experimental evidence for the effect of pH and temperature on enzyme (catalase) activity.
Food Groups
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Food Groups

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This resource introduces the different food groups, how and why they are broken down, and the tests used by scientists to find out which food groups different products contain.
Photosynthesis
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Photosynthesis

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This resource introduces photosynthesis, the work and symbol equation for photosynthesis, what happens to the glucose produced in photosynthesis and compares photosynthesis and respiration. The lesson concludes with three short answer past paper questions on photosynthesis.