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I have been teaching Biology for 20 years. I've always made my own resources. Although I am retiring from full-time at the 'chalk face' this summer, I still plan to work part-time in Education. One of my plans is to sort out my resources and make them available to other teachers. Many of my resources are aimed at the Biology component of AQA Trilogy.

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I have been teaching Biology for 20 years. I've always made my own resources. Although I am retiring from full-time at the 'chalk face' this summer, I still plan to work part-time in Education. One of my plans is to sort out my resources and make them available to other teachers. Many of my resources are aimed at the Biology component of AQA Trilogy.
Photosynthesis - Using Inverse Square Law (updated)
jtranah

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.)
Graph paper - big with axes
jtranah

Graph paper - big with axes

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Useful for less able students who struggle to draw axes and identify where to put the numbers. Don’t be put off by the formatting on the preview, it downloads and prints off fine.
Gas tests
jtranah

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.
Standard form and orders of magnitude lesson
jtranah

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.
White blood cells - SOLO Hexagons
jtranah

White blood cells - SOLO Hexagons

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Topic consolidation activity sheet. Cut out, rearrange, stick onto A3 sheet, add diagrams and/or annotations to justify your arrangement. Written with AQA Trilogy Biology paper 1 in mind.
Transpiration in plants lesson
jtranah

Transpiration in plants lesson

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This is preparation for the Reaction time required practical in AQA GCSE Trilogy. Slide 1 is a learning framework for the lesson. Slide 2 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 3-5 are pictures of root hairs Slide 6-7 describe transpiration Slide 8-10 show how stomata work Slide 11 has a link to a YouTube video on 'sticky water’ Slide 12 explains transpiration in more detail Slide 13 Questions Slide 14 diagram of a potometer -need to explain how it works Slide 15 gives a method for setting up a practical on surface area of leaves and rate of transpiration. Two sheets supplied one has diagrams of transpiration to go with slide 12 and the other has diagrams of open and closed stomata to go with slides 9-10. 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.
Cell specialisation - add functions to worksheet
jtranah

Cell specialisation - add functions to worksheet

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These are the 6 specialised cells identified in the AQA Trilogy specification. Work sheet contains pictures and names just add functions. Differentiate by asking some students to identify the adaptations that help the cells carry out those functions.
Infection and Response 3 - Mindmap AQA Biology GCSE
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Infection and Response 3 - Mindmap AQA Biology GCSE

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This is my mindmap of the AQA Biology GCSE specification Section 3 Infection and Response. I did it for myself when the new spec. 9-1 levels came out. It was my way of identifying how this spec. was structured. It can also be used for the Biology section of Trilogy, although the numbers may not match, the headings will. If a section is in higher tier only it is labelled with (H) and if it is only on the Biology and not the Trilogy it is labelled with (B). Although I did this primarily for myself, some of my colleagues are also using them and when I left my folder open on the desk I found students asking me for copies. I do not claim that they would suit everyone but if you have that sort of need for a complete overview, in a non-linear format, it might suit you. I have some students using it as a tick list, others highlighting the sections they want to cover for revision. I have even offered it at the start of a topic to certain students. Some would be frightened off by it, so you have to be selective. Each mindmap also contains the keywords and their definitions that now need to be learned in the relevant section. There is also a free resource that is a summary of the whole Biology specification.
Cells DART differentiated worksheets
jtranah

Cells DART differentiated worksheets

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(Directed Activity Relating to Text) Would suit anyone studying cells. Could be used to assess prior knowledge at the start of a topic on cells with older students or as a plenary activity to assess learning at the end of a cells topic. I have given you an answer sheet for yourself (in case you couldn’t find all 20 errors). Two differentiated worksheets. The one with red words (errors) is the less demanding sheet. On the other one you have to find the errors first before you can correct them. Best not to give different sheets to students sitting next to each other.
Digestive system - SOLO Hexagons
jtranah

Digestive system - SOLO Hexagons

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Topic consolidation activity sheet. Cut out, rearrange, stick onto A3 sheet, add diagrams and/or annotations to justify your arrangement. Written with AQA Trilogy Biology paper 1 in mind.
Microbes growing on agar plates - hand washing activity
jtranah

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.
Cell transport - SOLO Hexagons
jtranah

Cell transport - SOLO Hexagons

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8 topic consolidation activity sheets. Cut out, rearrange, stick onto A3 sheet, add diagrams and/or annotations to justify your arrangement.