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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.
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.
History of Atomic Structure
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History of Atomic Structure

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Why choose this resource? It has a timeline that students can make notes on underneath headings. It uses literacy skills as students locate the correct information from the notes on a separate sheet. This is for GCSE Science students studying the history of atomic theory. It worked well with my Year 10 group.
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 practical to look at stomata. You will never use nail varnish again.
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New practical to look at stomata. You will never use nail varnish again.

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This resource tells you how your students can see some stunning pictures of stomata, without using that fiddly nail varnish! It also has questions which test the student's understanding of the function of stomata, scientific method and the link between decrease in stomatal density and global warming. Suitable for KS4 and possibly useful for KS5.
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.
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.
Making Onion Cell Slides Practical Assessment
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Making Onion Cell Slides Practical Assessment

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Knowing how to make slides and how to use a microscope is essential information needed for the new GCSE Science/Biology. This resource has instructions and assessment criteria for a peer-assessed practical. Reduces marking time and allows students to practise this core practical in a directed way. Answers to the short written test are included. Clearly indicates areas for improvement to the students and to you. I have used this very successfully with several classes of varying abilities. Resource includes,: Practical instructions for the student. Assessment criteria. Lesson plan. Written test. Power point slide with pictures for guidance and answers to the written test.
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.
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.
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!
Teaching about blood and blood vessels - using modelling.
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Teaching about blood and blood vessels - using modelling.

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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.
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.
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.
5 lessons for the plant phobic - with practicals that work
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5 lessons for the plant phobic - with practicals that work

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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.
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.