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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.
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!
New KS3 Lesson on Plant Reproduction - pollination, with practical work
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New KS3 Lesson on Plant Reproduction - pollination, with practical work

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Why choose this resource? It provides material for a whole lesson. It has instructions for a piece of practical work that the students will enjoy and helps them learn skills such as manipulation and dissection. The practical work is directly linked to the task of learning the parts of the flower. It has some clear diagrams that help explain pollination and some great pictures. It has differentiated tasks and a homework!
Lesson on Uses of Plant Hormones. (AQA GCSE)
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Lesson on Uses of Plant Hormones. (AQA GCSE)

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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.
Evolution. KS2 practical activity and resources
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Evolution. KS2 practical activity and resources

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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.
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,
Levers
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Levers

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This is intended for lower ability groups and in my experience works well. The pictures need improving so please do this on your version!
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.
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.
Testing for Vitamin C - practical work and questions.
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Testing for Vitamin C - practical work and questions.

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KS3 Reflection and Refraction homework or review sheet
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KS3 Reflection and Refraction homework or review sheet

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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!
Practical investigation into balanced forces
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Practical investigation into balanced forces

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This is a great way to get students to think about why things float. It has a simple but engaging practical with thought-provoking questions and differentiated activities. It connects particle theory with density and up-thrust. Plenty of opportunity for connecting key scientific ideas.
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.
A level Respiration Review and Revision
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A level Respiration Review and Revision

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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.
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.