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.

These resources are designed to help students understand the stages of protein synthesis including transcription and translation, including the role of mRNA, ribosomes, tRNA, codons and anticodons. The PowerPoint includes a series of useful links to youtube videos on the topic, as well as a past paper question and mark scheme.

The objective of this lesson is to help students understand what is meant by the term ‘balanced diet’ and how energy requirements vary with activity levels, age and pregnancy. This lesson builds upon prior knowledge that a balanced diet should include appropriate proportions of carbohydrate, protein, lipid, vitamins, minerals, water and dietary fibre. Students begin by critiquing BMI as a indication of healthy body mass before considering how and why energy requirements vary from person to person. The lesson encourages students to consider what happens if they don’t get the right amount of the right nutrients, and includes a possible homework activity, to design a TV advert on behalf of the government to encourage young people to eat a balanced diet.

This lesson guides students through the body’s three main lines of defence again disease. Students begin by considering and discussing what the immune system is and why it is useful. Students then look at the difference between physical and chemical barriers to infection before learning about the process of phagocytosis. Students are introduced the B and T cells, before creating an artistic piece about a pathogen trying to avoid each of the body’s defences.

This resource is ideal for a first lesson on the topic of disease. The first slide includes a series of questions for students to discuss about diseases. The second slide introduces the six different types of pathogens. Students can then copy and complete the table on the third slide, about the structure and modes of reproduction, using the remaining slides on the powerpoint, their textbooks and/or the internet. The fill-in-the-blanks worksheet can be used alongside the powerpoint resource and includes examples of diseases caused by bacteria, virus’s and fungi.

This lesson introduces students to the science of taxonomy and encourages them to consider why and how we classify living things. The resource includes a fun practical activity that invites students to classify a selection of food items into groups, based on their similarities and differences. Depending on how much time you have available, I then challenge my students to work in groups of five to complete the five kingdoms comparison table on their worksheet. If they finish early, or as a homework activity, I then invite my students to make a set of five top trump cards, one for each of the kingdoms.

These resources are perfect for an introductory lesson on the organisation of multicellular organisms. At the start of the lesson, students are provided with a printed out version of the worksheet. As a starter activity, students label the human body with as many organs as they can. To stretch the top students, I ask them to describe the structure and function of any organs they have named. The PowerPoint resources can be used as a visual stimulus throughout the lesson, to guide students on which activity they should be focusing on. The PowerPoint also includes the answers to the activities on the worksheet. Included within this resource is also a research task which works well as a homework activity.

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.

This creative and easy-to-use resource introduces mechanical waves, the key features of waves, and the main differences between longitudinal and transverse waves. It includes links to useful videos on the topic, short activities, and a plenary. Slide 10 of the PowerPoint is the worksheet I hand out to my students, either to fill in as we go through the material or as a revision activity afterwards.

This resource introduces the electromagnetic spectrum, electromagnetic waves and the equation for wave speed. It includes a series of practice questions as well as a fun ‘unscrabble the words’ plenary activity.

This creative, fun and easy-to-use resource introduces risks and hazards in the science laboratory. It introduces ten of the most common hazard symbols and their meanings and encourages students to test their knowledge using a fun ‘pictionary’ plenary activity, where students take it in turn to draw a hazard symbol whilst their peers have to race to correctly name the symbol being drawn.

This creative, fun and easy-to-use resource introduces the Bunsen Burner, what the different parts of the Bunsen Burner are called and how to use it. It includes a worksheet that can be printed out to support the practical activity and assessment-for-learning activities.

This creative, fun and easy-to-use resource helps explain the difference between heat energy and temperature. It includes questions for students to answer and a link to a useful video on the topic.

This creative, fun and easy-to-use resource introduces the process of diffusion. It includes a fun starter and plenary, useful video link and framework for a simple diffusion experiment.

This fun, creative and easy-to-use resource introduces the equation for density and includes practice questions for students to answer. It also includes a useful visual to help students understand why some objects float whilst others sink and invites students to carry out their own research on Archimedes.

This fun, creative and easy to use resource provides a great framework for an introductory lesson on the changes of state. The starter tests prior knowledge about the properties of solids, liquids and gases, and the particle model of matter. The lesson introduces a series of key terms, a graph drawing activity as well as an opportunity for students to complete a piece of extended writing or story board.

The key objective behind this scheme of work is to enable students to draw, interpret and use graphs of motion to analyse the motion of objects. The learning outcomes include:
Speed, distance and time
Distinguish between (i) distance and displacement and (ii) speed and velocity
2, Give the SI units for distance, displacement, speed and velocity.
Define (average) speed as: speed = distance travelled / time taken
Solve problems using this equation using correct units.
Recognise that (instantaneous) velocity of an object is its (instantaneous) speed in a stated direction.
Draw and interpret distance vs time graphs:
relating the speed of an object to the gradient of the line (for objects moving quickly, slowly, speeding up, slowing down or stationary)
find the speed by calculating the gradient of the graph
recognise a negative gradient as motion backwards
Acceleration
Define acceleration
Solve problems for accelerating objects speeding up or slowing down using the equation for acceleration and correct units.
Draw and interpret velocity vs time graphs:
Relating the gradient of the line to the acceleration of the object
Calculating the acceleration from the gradient
Relate the acceleration of an object to the application of a (net) force

The key objective behind this scheme of work is to enable students to describe, in words and using mathematics, the essential features of sound and light waves and their propagation.
The learning outcomes are detailed below:
Features of Waves
Describe a progressive wave.
Distinguish between transverse and longitudinal waves (with reference to the direction of oscillation of the particles).
Give examples of transverse and longitudinal waves.
Define the following terms and identify them on diagrams (for transverse waves only): wavelength, amplitude, particle displacement
Define the period and frequency of a wave, finding one given the other.
Use the wave equation to explore the relationship between the speed of a wave, frequency and wavelength: v=fλ
Sound waves
Interpret traces of sound waves (made by a CRO, for example)
Relate the properties of a sound wave to the pitch, volume and timbre of a sound.
Outline and evaluate an experiment to measure the speed of sound in air.
Electromagnetic Waves
Distinguish between mechanical waves and electromagnetic waves.
Outline differences and similarities between sound and light waves.
List the components of the electromagnetic spectrum in order of frequency and wavelength.
Identify the components of the electromagnetic spectrum that are ionising and discuss their dangers.
Give uses for each component of the electromagnetic spectrum (including the use of electromagnetic waves for communication and for medical imaging).
Identify that when a wave strikes a surface or change in medium, there will be reflection, transmission and absorption.

This resource introduces the speed, distance, time equation, distance-time graphs and speed-time graphs. It includes a series of questions for students to answer and graphs for students to draw. It also introduces how average speed is calculated and plotted on a graph.

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.

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.