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I have been teaching Biology for 22 years. I've always made my own resources. Many of my resources are aimed at the Biology component of AQA Trilogy.

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I have been teaching Biology for 22 years. I've always made my own resources. Many of my resources are aimed at the Biology component of AQA Trilogy.
Gas tests
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Gas tests

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Print onto a sheet of 4 labels. Stick inside cover of exercise books. Alternatively print onto paper, cut and glue.
Cells - worked exam question
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Cells - worked exam question

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This uses an AQA exam question. I broke this question down to explain how I would go about answering it. I always say how important it is to study the information at the beginning of a question before you read any part of the question itself. I show slide 1 then I get students to divide a page in their exercise book into 4 quarters and draw a quick sketch diagram of each cell with room below to write. Then I get them to identify the parts of each cell and also what each cell is missing. Then we discuss what each cell is and identify the reasons for each answer. Working through the next 5 slides adding to their notes if they miss any important points. Lastly I go through the questions themselves on the last slide. Parts 1.1 and 1.2 will already have been identified but there may still be discussion around the reasons used. Part 1.3 may need revision of the terms eukaryote and prokaryote before the answer can be found. Part 1.4 uses the equation for magnification. Encourage students to use calculators to check their answers. (Calculators are allowed in science exams so why not use them as it is so easy to make silly mistakes under the pressure of exams.) May need to revise relative sizes of millimetres and micrometres.
Photosynthesis - Using Inverse Square Law (updated)
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Photosynthesis - Using Inverse Square Law (updated)

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Written for GCSE AQA Trilogy Biology paper 1 Higher. Useful in a mixed ability class for the students who will be doing higher paper. All information is on the work sheet so higher students should be able to work through this on their own or with little teacher input. Need to have completed work on photosynthesis and limiting factors. Mark scheme included. (Worked example updated to include units.)
Observation in Science - Stand alone lesson (Yr6 Transition Day)
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Observation in Science - Stand alone lesson (Yr6 Transition Day)

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This is a chemistry lesson on chemical reactions.The Excel spreadsheet contains a student worksheet, technician’s notes and full teacher’s notes all on separate sheets within the spreadsheet. The powerpoint has 3 slides. Slide 1 is a learning framework for the lesson. Slide 2 is a visual aid for the starter. ( Any ‘naughty kids in a lab’ type worksheet you may have could be used here if you prefer.) Slide 3 is a group of words that you can leave on screen whilst the practical is being done so that students have spellings of words they might need to complete their worksheet.
Nervous system - 12 squares
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Nervous system - 12 squares

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Consolidation activity / plenary / revision / science literacy / compiled with GCSE AQA Trilogy in mind. Made to fit on one page A4 exercise book. Cut into 12 squares and resort to match words to meanings. Correct version supplied.
Standard form and orders of magnitude lesson
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Standard form and orders of magnitude lesson

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Numeracy lesson to support the maths needed for science, particularly cell biology. A5 ws are the same as slide 10 in the presentation. Answer sheet also supplied. I have done a slide on ‘Orders of Magnitude’ separately so that it can easily be slipped in as an extra linked activity or it could be done as a starter for another lesson. Do with AQA Trilogy in mind.
Photosynthesis - Artificial conditions in a greenhouse
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Photosynthesis - Artificial conditions in a greenhouse

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Written for GCSE AQA Trilogy Biology paper 1 Higher. Useful in a mixed ability class for the students who will be doing higher paper. All information is on the work sheet so higher students should be able to work through this on their own or with little teacher input. Need to have completed work on photosynthesis and limiting factors. Mark scheme included.
Quadrats - earthworm survey worksheet
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Quadrats - earthworm survey worksheet

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This is a useful standby for when you plan to go outside to do quadrats, then you can’t because it is raining! Or the daisies you were planning to count have just been mowed half an hour before you planned to go outside. Both these scenarios have happened to me. Having said that it is a useful way of teaching how to carry out random sampling even on a nice day! I’m always amazed how near to the real answer the sampling gets. The answer is 250 worms.
Microbes growing on agar plates - hand washing activity
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Microbes growing on agar plates - hand washing activity

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Lesson presentation on the need for handwashing. Slide 2 is a learning framework. Slides 3-4 are for you to print off for yourself. I’ve just copied and pasted the text that accompanies the video clips that are hyperlinked on those slides. Slide 5 shows how to set up agar plates to grow microbes. Use permanent markers to label the bottom of the agar plate. Add name to the rim of the lid then keep lid on with 2 small pieces of tape. DO NOT SEAL. When microbes grown you will be able to see through the lid (or base) without opening it. DO NOT OPEN CONTAMINATED PLATES. When plates have been observed in a second lesson, use slide 6 to draw microbial growth and conclusions. Label diagrams identifying differences between bacterial colonies and fungal growth. COLLECT PLATES AND GIVE TO TECHNICIAN TO AUTOCLAVE.
Reflex arc & ruler drop practical lesson
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Reflex arc & ruler drop practical lesson

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This is preparation for the Reaction time required practical in AQA GCSE Trilogy. Slide 2 is a learning framework for the lesson. Slide 3 provides the key words for the lesson. Can simply be a visual aid to introduce the vocabulary. I tend to print this slide off for individuals in the class who would benefit from their own copy and for TAs. More able students use this as a basis for a mind map to make links between key words. Slide 4 is a picture diagram of a reflex arc. Slide 5 shows a simplified version of previous slide with questions to answer. Differentiate by number of examples given in Q4. Slide 6 is a fill in the gaps cloze. Slide 7 inserts the answers to slide 6. Slide 8 shows a synapse. Slide 9 gives details of each neurone. Slide 10 is a literacy activity. Slide 11 - instructions for a simple ruler drop test. This is a short practical so that students understand what to do for the Required practical next lesson. Slide 12 - Plenary Two sheets supplied one has the diagrams and the other has the questions and cloze. I include these simply because I find them useful for particular students with my mixed ability classes. If I know a particular student makes a meal of using glue, I will print directly onto labels for them. I keep a supply of 4 labels to a page for this purpose.
Coronary heart disease lesson
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Coronary heart disease lesson

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Aimed at AQA Trilogy GCSE. Slide 1 in a learning framework for the lesson. Slide 2 is a literacy slide which begins to make links between key words. Slide 3 gives possible treatments available. Slides 4-6 give visual aids to 3 of the treatments . Slide 7 has differentiated questions. (Red LAPS, green MAPS, purple HAPS) Word doc also has slides 4-6 for students. 2 copies of each on an A4 sheet.