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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!
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.
Reaction times
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Reaction times

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This was used with a low-ability Yr 10 group for GCSE work. Could be adapted for other groups/KS3. Also useful for assessing ability to analyse scientific results.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inorganic Ions in Living Things (A Level Biology)
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Inorganic Ions in Living Things (A Level Biology)

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This is a full account of the importance and use of 4 inorganic ions found in living things - hydrogen, iron, phosphate and sodium. It is tailored to AQA A level Biology but would be useful for other exam boards. The power point has many diagrams and it also has 10 questions with answers for review and revision. Some questions are longer answer questions worth 4 marks that require students to connect areas of study together and are thus more challenging for the more able. The 10 questions are also supplied on a word document.
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.
Teaching classification KS2 - one to two lessons worth of resources
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Teaching classification KS2 - one to two lessons worth of resources

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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.
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.
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.