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I have been teaching science for over 30 years. although Biology is my specialism I have lots of experience of teaching Physics and Chemistry to GCSE. I am particularly interested in practical work and believe that all science teachers should be able to teach good practicals and give practical demos.

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I have been teaching science for over 30 years. although Biology is my specialism I have lots of experience of teaching Physics and Chemistry to GCSE. I am particularly interested in practical work and believe that all science teachers should be able to teach good practicals and give practical demos.
Enzymes - Practical work Investigating the action of Lipase on Milk with Varying Temperature.
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Enzymes - Practical work Investigating the action of Lipase on Milk with Varying Temperature.

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This is a great enzyme practical as it is colourful and works very well! The resource is ideal for new teachers or teachers for whom Biology is not their main subject. It provides a worksheet with instructions for the practical work, a power point with diagrams and background information and worksheets with questions and extension questions about the practical. Answers to the questions on the worksheet are provided in the power point. There are differentiation opportunities in this resource.
Lower ability  simplified potato osmosis practical
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Lower ability simplified potato osmosis practical

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Suitable for GCSE required practical on osmosis. Intended for students who struggle to read so they can independently put together this practical. It contains practical instructions is diagram form on the worksheet and on the power point. I have simplified it so there are only 3 different salt solutions for them to try. It is differentiated as the instruction sheet and results table worksheet contains questions to answer, but the report sheet has Cloze passages. I have also included a set of results based partly on real results and partly made up. Teachers can use these for students who do not get sensible results. I was trying to get them to work independently . I remembered the old “Science at Work” books aimed at lower ability students full of diagrams illustrating how to do practicals. (This dates me!) They were great for showing the students what to do. This did work for most students when I tried it, but a demonstration would probably work better or a demo and the instructions!
Effect of light intensity on the rate of photosynthesis - new GCSE required practical
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Effect of light intensity on the rate of photosynthesis - new GCSE required practical

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This has back-up materials for the required practical (AQA GCSE) on measuring the rate of photosynthesis. Ideal for non-specialists in Biology and for newly qualified teachers. It contains tips on how to get good results and results of a practical in case your class does not get any data. There are differentiated worksheets which ask about rate of reaction - as this is a requirement now at GCSE.
New KS3 Conservation of Mass Practical - lesson plan and resources
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New KS3 Conservation of Mass Practical - lesson plan and resources

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Resources for teaching this new part of KS3. It contains instructions for a demonstration and optional class practical with material for a whole lesson. The work is differentiated and aims to teach some practical skills as well as the concept. Contains differentiated worksheets, extension material and a power point.
Extracting DNA from Strawberries - practical and questions.
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Extracting DNA from Strawberries - practical and questions.

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Why choose this resource? It has easy to follow instructions that individual groups of students can use to extract DNA very successfully. It also has questions suitable for A level or Higher Biology students or a "good" class of Biology Triple GCSE students. Practical guide would be very useful for non-specialists.
BTEC Applied Science Level 3 Unit 1 Biology Resources
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BTEC Applied Science Level 3 Unit 1 Biology Resources

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The topics here are action potentials, synapses and COPD. These are worksheets designed so students can do some independent research either in class or for homework on some aspects of the biology part of unit 1. Could be used as revision tasks,
New KS3 Distillation - lesson plan and resources
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New KS3 Distillation - lesson plan and resources

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Try a new distillation practical! This uses a different example of distillation to the ones usually used. It provides a comprehensive set of resources for a lesson on distillation. In the activity particle concepts are reviewed to explain mixtures and key words are applied in a description and explanation of how distillation works. It contains differentiated worksheets and a power point.
Respiration . A level Biology. Electron Transport Chain Activities.
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Respiration . A level Biology. Electron Transport Chain Activities.

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Why choose this resource? It is not just a power point it has activities that will make this topic more understandable. It has diagrams that you can get the students to annotate. It has an interesting "hands-on ", activity. It has questions that worked well to check student’s understanding with answers supplied. This is for teaching respiration to A level Biology students in particular SNAB students. I found the activities in the SNAB scheme around this topic, ( which are normally good), lacking for this unit. I was an author on the original SNAB scheme. I decided to write my own activities.
Holly Leaf Prickles - Standard Deviation and T-test on real data .
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Holly Leaf Prickles - Standard Deviation and T-test on real data .

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Make statistics real by using this practical investigation to test a hypothesis. This teaches students how to do standard deviation and T-test as well as why they do it . Written for OCR but can be applied to other A levels. The data they collect is easy and quick and gives good results! This is a whole lesson resource. The power point asks questions and gives instructions. There are also sample results given. The resources includes an active spreadsheet that makes some calculations for the students. I was skeptical that this would “work” to give a significant difference between the means - but it did.
New GCSE and BTEC Applied Science. Worksheets on Measuring Cell Size and Magnification.
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New GCSE and BTEC Applied Science. Worksheets on Measuring Cell Size and Magnification.

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This is an new part to the Science and Biology new GCSEs. I have successfully used it to help teach BTEC Applied Science, Unit 1 , B1 structure and function of cells and tissues, where students have to calculate the size of cells or parts of cells. It is also useful revision for AS and A level. These worksheets allow students to practice measuring real microscope images and then working out actual sizes and magnifications. Useful for classwork and/or homework. There are answer sheets which allow students to assess their own work.
Teaching Phototropism and Geotropism instructions for practical work and worksheets
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Teaching Phototropism and Geotropism instructions for practical work and worksheets

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A whole lesson resource. These practicals give a different take to the usual practical investigations and links to real experimental work going on in space! A starter grabs the attention with a stunning picture of a plant grown on the ISS. There are worksheets for the students and questions on the power point. Additional easier worksheet for some students. Suitable for KS4 Trilogy or Triple Biology.
Using a Potometer to measure water uptake in different environmental conditions.
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Using a Potometer to measure water uptake in different environmental conditions.

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This is a whole lesson resource. Using a potometer for real is tricky and gives temperamental results. Provided you have access to the internet this resource provides you with a whole lesson where your class can collect data from a simulation and record the results which your class can then analyse,using the questions on the worksheet.The worksheet has differentiated questions and it also goes over the relevant practical investigation-style questions that your students may encounter.
Pacemakers, artificial heart valves and other treatments for problems with the heart. New GCSE
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Pacemakers, artificial heart valves and other treatments for problems with the heart. New GCSE

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This resource has loads of useful pictures and links to animations to liven up the AQA Science section on the heart which is about treatments for the heart and circulation problems (Biology, organisation sections 4.2.2.2 and 4.2.2.4.) There is a double page A4 information sheet and a set of questions with answer sheet available for peer or self marking. The power point is deliberately minimal as it then allows for differentiation as follows. It can be used in two ways. The teacher could use the information sheet as a guide to talk about the pictures on the ppt or the teacher could ask the class to make comments about the pictures using the information sheet as a prompt. There is a worksheet "which treatment would you give" where tests the students comprehension of this lesson by asking them to match treatments to symptoms. All images are from Wiki Commons.
Health and Disease Resources GCSE2016
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Health and Disease Resources GCSE2016

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Here are two lessons of resources for the new science GCSE ( 2016) unit on Health and Disease. Written for the AQA scheme but will apply to other boards. Initially there are pictures to provoke thoughts about health and what health means.There is a differentiated literacy activity on different types of disease. It also contains a practical activity illustrating how diseases are communicated, which can be extended to allow students to analyse the data collected and develop mathematical skills. Finally there is some information and there are differentiated activities about the interactions between diseases. The resource contains a power point and accompanying lesson plan. There are instructions for the practical simulation and a worksheet about types of disease.
Teaching about Nanotechnology new GCSE, KS4
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Teaching about Nanotechnology new GCSE, KS4

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This is an extensive resource. It contains activities and worksheets that are differentiated and have answer sheets so they are easy to mark in class and you can check the student's learning. There are numeracy and literacy tasks involved. One task goes over the relationship between size and surface area which is a key concept in science. The main activity involves independent research. The starter has an interesting example of an ancient use of nanotechnology which is surprising. There are references to videos to show about nanotechnology and other resources that can be used for extension/homework. This resource is suitable for GCSE students. It is especially matched to the new AQA Science scheme of work.
Measuring diffusion practical.
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Measuring diffusion practical.

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This is a whole-lesson resource. Most diffusion practicals involve observation only - this resource asks students to measure and calculate. Further it has a set of results, obtained by real Year 7 students and a graph of their results. This is so all students have a standard set of results to compare their own results with and a standard set to interpret, so you can check their understanding. This resource also challenges students to use their knowledge of particles to help them analyse the results of comparing two different concentrations of acid.
Two lessons on Potential and Kinetic Energy for KS4 - including practical and homework
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Two lessons on Potential and Kinetic Energy for KS4 - including practical and homework

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This resource is for non-specialist physics teachers and new teachers as well as maybe more experienced ones who are looking for a different angle. It has historical background about Joule as well as questions (with answers) and practical activities. I have tried to make doing the calculations interesting by for example looking at the different kinetic energies of a tennis serve and a cyclist - which did intrigue my Year 10 group so I hope it works for you. The power point does the lesson for you - if you like this then use it as it is.