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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.
Teaching about blood and blood vessels - using modelling.

Teaching about blood and blood vessels - using modelling.

This resource enables students to make models and then evaluate them. It is an interesting way to teach/review this topic and the students get very engaged. The students evaluate each other's work and in this way review their knowledge twice over. You can use this resource to either teach this topic with the power point and worksheets provided and then review it which would take about 2 lessons or use this as a revision session which is one lesson. Many schools are using DIRT (dedicated, improvement, reflection time.) and this lesson(s) exemplify this.
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Health and Disease Resources GCSE2016

Health and Disease Resources GCSE2016

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.
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Wildflower ID Spotter sheet for August

Wildflower ID Spotter sheet for August

This is a spotter sheet with pictures and descriptions to help children identify wildflowers. Suitable for primary age from 7 to early secondary 12-13 years. KS2 science curriculum requires children to identify some common plants. Mostly this is an activity children can do with parents and carers to increase their knowledge of the natural world.
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Evolution. KS2 practical activity and resources

Evolution. KS2 practical activity and resources

A primary colleague asked me how she could incorporate some practical activity when teaching evolution to Year 6. This activity models different types of bird catching a variety of prey and how their success rate might change given a different environment. It was a huge success with Year 6. The presentation sets the scene and the students experience recording results and interpreting them. The results we got from our class are included and there is a worksheet on these that can be used or adapted. There is scope for questioning the students about reliability of results and whether this is a valid way of collecting data.
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Enzymes - Practical work Investigating the action of Lipase on Milk with Varying Temperature.

Enzymes - Practical work Investigating the action of Lipase on Milk with Varying Temperature.

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.
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Teaching classification KS2 - one to two lessons worth of resources

Teaching classification KS2 - one to two lessons worth of resources

Tried and tested for Year 6 and written by a secondary school biology teacher, these activities work well. Particularly suited for teachers not confident with the content of this part of the science curriculum. Students have some "hands-on" activities and they learn the characteristics of the major groups. There are activities included on using and devising keys. There is enough material here for 2 hours work or more.
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Teaching Phototropism and Geotropism instructions for practical work and worksheets

Teaching Phototropism and Geotropism instructions for practical work and worksheets

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.
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Distillation Lab - making perfume.

Distillation Lab - making perfume.

This is a great way to engage your students. The results smell lovely and the students will appreciate how distillation works by connecting key ideas of molecules and change of state. This contains a comprehensive set of resources for a lesson on distillation.
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Lesson on Uses of Plant Hormones. (AQA GCSE)

Lesson on Uses of Plant Hormones. (AQA GCSE)

This resource tests students' application of knowledge and analysis as well as delivering the essential knowledge needed. The power point and worksheet were 5 star-rated resources when posted separately on TES. They are combined here with a lesson plan an additional worksheet and an answer sheet to give enough material for a whole lesson. There are also ideas for demonstrations as starters for this lesson.
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5 lessons for the plant phobic - with practicals that work

5 lessons for the plant phobic - with practicals that work

Uncertain about teaching about plants at GCSE and KS3? Here are 5 lessons - 2 about plant responses and hormones, one about the new bit in the GCSE about plant diseases, one about the leaf as an organ and one for KS3 on plant reproduction.
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Conservation of Mass Lab - project-based lesson plan and resources

Conservation of Mass Lab - project-based lesson plan and resources

Resources for teaching this concept in a practical way. It contains instructions for a demonstration and optional class project work 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.
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KS3 Reflection and Refraction homework or review sheet

KS3 Reflection and Refraction homework or review sheet

Ideal if you want a quick homework and/or review of work done on reflection and refraction to see if students have understood basic principles. There is an answer sheet for self-marking or peer-marking and this is also presented on a power point - time-saving for the teacher!
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A level Respiration Review and Revision

A level Respiration Review and Revision

This has a handy way to help students memorise the Kreb's cycle. There are diagrams illustrating various steps in respiration with questions for students to answer. This is useful to review or revise the topic. There is a power point with answers and a word document with answers to allow some differentiation in the way students mark their work.
jayto
Teaching about blood and blood vessels - using modelling.

Teaching about blood and blood vessels - using modelling.

This resource enables students to make models and then evaluate them. It is an interesting way to teach/review this topic and the students get very engaged. The students evaluate each other's work and in this way review their knowledge twice over. You can use this resource to either teach this topic with the power point and worksheets provided and then review it which would take about 2 lessons or use this as a revision session which is one lesson. Many schools are using DIRT (dedicated, improvement, reflection time.) and this lesson(s) exemplify this.
jayto
Measuring diffusion practical.

Measuring diffusion practical.

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.
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Testing for Vitamin C - practical work and questions.

Testing for Vitamin C - practical work and questions.

This is a whole lesson resource and was written for National Diploma BTEC Applied Science Level 3 , Unit 8. However it could be used to extend KS3 students in working scientifically. Sadly not included at GCSE any more. It has background information, practical instructions and a set of results that students can analyse, so you can check their understanding. Useful for non-biology specialists that are teaching this BTEC course.
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