Control of blood glucose - complete lesson (A2)

Control of blood glucose - complete lesson (A2)

A full differentiated lesson based on the OCR-A SOW and delivered to an A2 class. The lesson covers eating and exercise and their effects on blood glucose, the pancreas, islet of Langerhans and the effects of insulin and glucagon. Student understanding is assessed by a differentiated question grid challenge (answers included). The lesson then progresses to cover negative feedback, and the depolarisation of beta cells with a simple reorder task for AFL afterwards (answers included). A PP question is included for further application of knowledge/AFL (answers included). The plenary is based on student reflection upon their progress against the learning objectives. Timers are included to promote pace.
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Energy and the environment - complete lesson (KS4)

Energy and the environment - complete lesson (KS4)

A full differentiated lesson based on the new AQA (P3.4) SOW. The lesson covers issues with fossil fuels, the advantages and disadvantages of nuclear energy and outlines the Chernobyl disaster (mainly to incite interest). A differentiated question grid is used to apply learning and to conduct AFL (answers included). The lesson then covers the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy resources prior to a GCSE PP question (answers included) facilitating further application of knowledge and AFL. The plenary involves students reflecting upon their progress against the learning objectives.
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Developing drugs- complete lesson (KS4)

Developing drugs- complete lesson (KS4)

A full differentiated lesson based on the new AQA (B6.4) SOW. The lesson covers the features of a 'good drug', preclinical trials, clinical trials, double blind trials, and publishing results. The concept of 'placebo' is discussed at several stages. Learning is applied/assessed at 4 stages, a match up activity, differentiated question grid, past paper question and plenary quiz. All the answers are included through animation and timers are used to promote pace. There is also an opportunity for class debate during the summary of answers at the differentiated question grid stage.
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OCRA2 - PAG 3.3

OCRA2 - PAG 3.3

Slides to introduce PAG 3.3, guidelines on what the students need to complete, an experimental approach to suggest to the students and an example data set to use as a back-up. The suggested experiment included should be practical to most school/college sites.
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Antibiotics and pain killers - complete lesson (KS4)

Antibiotics and pain killers - complete lesson (KS4)

A complete lesson based on the new AQA (B6.2) SOW. The lesson is well animated and is particularly accommodating to visual learners. The lesson covers painkillers to treat symptoms, disinfectants and antiseptics for outer surfaces, and antibiotics for bacterial infections. Student learning is applied through a differentiated question grid challenge. Antibiotics and their ineffectiveness against viruses is discussed alongside the generation of antibiotic resistance. The images of MRSA infections can be removed as these can be too much for some students - mine love them. There is then a PP question to complete ahead of the plenary which is based upon students reflecting upon their progress against the LOs. Answers to all questions/writing tasks are included through animation and timers are incorporated to promote pace.
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Vaccination - complete lesson (KS4)

Vaccination - complete lesson (KS4)

A full differentiated lesson based on the new AQA (B6.1) SOW. The lesson uses video, animation and think pair and share activities to teach the concepts of vaccination and herd immunity. Student understanding is assessed/applied through the use of a differentiated question grid and past paper questions (answers included). The plenary is based on students reflecting upon their progress against the learning objectives.
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Helping the heart - complete lesson (KS4)

Helping the heart - complete lesson (KS4)

A full lesson based on the new AQA B4.4 SOW. The lesson covers issues with heart valves and pacemakers as well as the rectification of each. There is then a 17 mark past paper question for students to apply and consolidate their learning (answers included). Student notes and textbooks can be used for support. Artificial and donor hearts are then discussed over 3 slides. The students then complete independent research on 5 key points relating to heart transplantation, this can be done as a poster, leaflet or students can give brief paragraphs for each point. Ipads or access to a computer is required for this task. The plenary is based on the students reflecting upon their progress against the learning objectives.
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Making digestion efficient - complete lesson (KS4)

Making digestion efficient - complete lesson (KS4)

A full lesson based on the new AQA (B3.7) SOW. This lesson covers the importance of temperature and pH on enzyme activity with given examples. Student understanding is checked with past paper exam questions. The lesson then outlines how the body regulates pH within digestion, and students are again directed to past paper questions. This is repeated for the regulation of surface area (emulsification). All answers are incorporated into the slides allowing for peer assessment. The plenary is based on students reflecting upon their progress against the learning objectives.
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The chemistry of food - complete lesson (KS4)

The chemistry of food - complete lesson (KS4)

This lesson is based on the new AQA (B3.3) SOW and includes the required practical. Students first complete a table on proteins, carbohydrates and lipids as you work through the slides. There is then a review of this information through Q/A (answers incorporated into the slides). Students then move onto the practical, with stretch questions included for those who finish early. The plenary is based on students reflecting on their progress towards the learning objectives.
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Human defence responses - complete lesson (KS4)

Human defence responses - complete lesson (KS4)

A full lesson based on the new AQA (B5.7) SOW. The lesson covers the skin, nose and trachea/bronchi as the first line of defence. A differentiated question grid is used to apply knowledge and to conduct AFL (answers included). The lesson then moves onto the white blood cells and their role in phagocytosis, antibody and antitoxin production. Students then apply their knowledge to a PP question (answers included). The plenary is based on students reflecting upon their progress against the learning objectives.
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Diseases caused by fungi and protists - complete lesson (KS4)

Diseases caused by fungi and protists - complete lesson (KS4)

A full lesson based on the new AQA (B5.6) SOW. This lesson uses cordyceps fungi to incite interest during the starter. It then focuses on athletes foot and rose black spot - red font is used to indicate where students should take notes. A differentiated question grid is used to apply learning/conduct AFL (answers included). The lesson then covers malaria ahead of a final PP question (answers included). There is then a short quiz based on the lessons content - students can be elected to answer by throwing round a soft toy or whiteboards can be used. A final 'back up' plenary involves students reflecting upon their progress against the learning objectives.
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Series and parallel circuits - complete lesson (KS3)

Series and parallel circuits - complete lesson (KS3)

A lesson based on the Activate 2 (P1.4) SOW but can be used for others. The lesson includes an introduction to series and parallel circuits, and explains their differences in terms of current and potential difference. A whiteboard quiz then follows (AFL) prior to a practical exercise. For the practical exercise simple circuit components are required; battery packs, voltmeters, ammeters, connection wires, bulbs and switches. Additional 'stretch' questions are included in the instance that the students progress speedily through the practical, with the answers incorporated into the slides. The plenary is based around student reflection on their progress against the learning objectives. Students can be elected to read out answers and this can be 'pop corned' on between peers.
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Bacterial infections - complete lesson (KS4)

Bacterial infections - complete lesson (KS4)

A full lesson based on the new AQA (B5.5) SOW. The lesson covers salmonella food poisoning, gonorrhoea, and bacterial diseases in plants. Student understanding is checked at various stages with answers included via animation. The two main activities include a differentiated question grid challenge and a PP question (answers also included). Images and video are used to incite student interest. The plenary is based upon students reflecting upon their progress against the learning objectives.
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Viral infections - complete lesson (KS4)

Viral infections - complete lesson (KS4)

A full lesson based on the new AQA B5.4 SOW but could be used for others. The lesson covers measles, HIV and tobacco mosaic virus. Students complete a table and various tasks as you progress through the slides focusing on the spread of each disease, the treatment and symptoms. A differentiated question grid is used to apply learning/conduct AFL (answers included). The plenary is based on students reflecting upon their progress against the learning objectives.
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Boiling - complete lesson (KS3)

Boiling - complete lesson (KS3)

A full differentiated lesson based on the topic of Boiling. The lesson is based upon the Activate 1 (C1.4) SOW but can be used for others. The lesson includes a differentiated worksheet and activity and a practical exercise involving the growing of copper sulfate crystals. The plenary is based on student reflection on their progress against the learning objectives.
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Pressure in gases - complete lesson (KS3)

Pressure in gases - complete lesson (KS3)

A full differentiated lesson based on the activate 2 (P3.3) SOW but can be used for others. The lesson covers pressure in gases and the effects of volume and temperature. Student understanding is checked with a differentiated question grid challenge. Atmospheric pressure is introduced ahead on the 'crushing can' demonstration - very easy; a can, water, tongues and bunsen burner is required (youtube for demo). Students then reorder statements to explain their observations. The effect of altitude on gas pressure is then discussed with use of examples. The plenary is an 'articulate' activity where students make logical and scientific speeches making use of key words from the lesson. Those with the most key words used can be given a reward. This lesson includes all answers for self/peer assessment and no additional worksheets are required. The use of animation and the choice of topics to explain each theory were chosen with an emphasis on promoting a love of learning. Timers are included to promote pace.
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Speed - complete lesson (KS3)

Speed - complete lesson (KS3)

A full lesson based on the Activate 2 (P3.1) SOW but can be used for others. This lesson covers the units of speed, how to calculate speed, distance and time. Student understanding is checked with a simple calculation table and answers are peer/self assessed. The lesson then moves onto averages speed vs. instantaneous speed and relative motion. A differentiated question grid challenge is then used to apply learning and facilitate AFL for peer/self marking. The practical activity involves students calculating the speed of a toy car down a ramp, which can be divided into 5 sections to facilitate the calculation of instantaneous speed within each section. The plenary is based on the students reflecting upon their progress against the learning objectives.
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Predator/prey relationships & conservation - complete lesson (AS/A2)

Predator/prey relationships & conservation - complete lesson (AS/A2)

A full lesson based on the OCR-A SOW. This lesson covers predator prey relationships and their population trends. This is followed by a past paper question for students to apply learning . The lesson then progresses to cover conservation, preservation and their importance. A literacy task is then conducted to apply/reinforce learning further. A final past paper question is used for AFL. The plenary is based on students reflecting upon their progress against the learning objectives. All answers are included to facilitate self/peer marking. Timers are included to promote pace.
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Population size and competition - complete lesson AS/A2

Population size and competition - complete lesson AS/A2

A full differentiated lesson based on the OCR-A SOW. This lesson was used by myself for an A2 class but the content is simple enough for AS. The lesson covers sigmoidal population growth curves, abiotic and biotic limiting factors, migration and density independent factors. Student understanding is then checked through the use of a differentiated question grid tailored to the lessons LO. Students are then introduced to intra and interspecific competition using examples. The red/grey squirrel example is discussed. Students then apply their learning to 2 exam style questions. The plenary is based upon the students reflecting upon their progress against the learning objectives. All answers are included within the slides facilitating self/peer marking, timers are included to promote pace.
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Evaporation and transpiration - complete lesson (KS4)

Evaporation and transpiration - complete lesson (KS4)

A full differentiated lesson based on the new AQA B4.8 SOW. The lesson covers the stomata, diffusion of gases, guard cells and transpiration. Student knowledge is applied to a differentiated question grid with a opportunity to 'stretch' towards a PP GCSE question - rewards are useful here! Students then take part in a simple practical where they use nail varnish, tape and microscopes to observe and count the stomata on a leaf, comparing the topside to the bottom side. A video is included to show how this is done but a demonstration is useful here. There is then a review of 'what the students should of found' followed by a plenary which encourages students to reflect on their progress against the learning objectives. All answers incorporated into the slides to facilitate self/peer marking and correction
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Factors affecting transpiration - complete lesson (KS4)

Factors affecting transpiration - complete lesson (KS4)

A full differentiated lesson based on the new AQA (B4.9) SOW. The lesson covers environments and their relation to transpiration. The lesson the progresses to discuss photosynthesis, temperature, humidity (etc.) and their impact on transpiration. A video is used to introduce how plants are adapted to hot, dry climates and mechanisms of controlling water loss are introduced. A differentiated question grid is then used to apply student learning and conduct AFL. The use of the potometer is then discussed prior to another video and a final past paper question. The plenary is based on the students reflecting upon their progress against the learning objectives. All answers to written tasks are incorporated into the slides and timers are included to promote pace.
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