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Resources across Biology, Chemistry and Physics: from Secondary to A Level. HOD, SLE, AST, PhD in Biophysics, Teaching and Learning Whole School Leader, Secondary & A Level, experience in University lecturing (past).
AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7402 - STIMULI AND RESPONSE FULL UNIT OF WORK BUNDLE
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AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7402 - STIMULI AND RESPONSE FULL UNIT OF WORK BUNDLE

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This folder comes with 10 lessons for each of the parts of the stimulus and response topic, including relevant exam practise and also required practical 10 alongside practical skills to do with IAA - from responses and reflexes to receptors and finally control of the heart rate. The following parts of the spec are covered: • Organisms increase their chance of survival by responding to changes in their environment. In flowering plants, specific growth factors move from growing regions to other tissues, where they regulate growth in response to directional stimuli. • The effect of different concentrations of indoleacetic acid (IAA) on cell elongation in the roots and shoots of flowering plants as an explanation of gravitropism and phototropism in flowering plants. • Taxes and kineses as simple responses that can maintain a mobile organism in a favourable environment. • The protective effect of a simple reflex, exemplified by a three neurone simple reflex. • AT h Students could design and carry out investigations into the effects of indoleacetic acid on root growth in seedlings. • Required practical 10: Investigation into the effect of an environmental variable on the movement of an animal using either a choice chamber or a maze. • The Pacinian corpuscle should be used as an example of a receptor to illustrate that: • receptors respond only to specific stimuli • stimulation of a receptor leads to the establishment of a generator potential. • The basic structure of a Pacinian corpuscle. • Deformation of stretch-mediated sodium ion channels in a Pacinian corpuscle leads to the establishment of a generator potential. • The human retina in sufficient detail to show how differences in sensitivity to light, sensitivity to colour and visual acuity are explained by differences in the optical pigments of rods and cones and the connections rods and cones make in the optic nerve. • Myogenic stimulation of the heart and transmission of a subsequent wave of electrical activity. • The roles of the sinoatrial node (SAN), atrioventricular node (AVN) and Purkyne tissue in the bundle of His. • The roles and locations of chemoreceptors and pressure receptors and the roles of the autonomic nervous system and effectors in controlling heart rate. • AT h Students could design and carry out an investigation into the effect of a named variable on human pulse rate. • MS 2.2 Students could use values of heart rate ® and stroke volume (V) to calculate cardiac output (CO), using the formula CO = R × V
AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY REQUIRED PRACTICAL SUMMARY BOOKLET
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AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY REQUIRED PRACTICAL SUMMARY BOOKLET

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With the increased demand of practical questions in the new spec papers, i have put together a booklet on the required practicals which contain concise, detailed notes for each practical AND common questions that i have found from my vast research through endless papers! Included is also an application question for each practical along with a challenging insect dissection question i have made. Please do leave a review if you buy this!
OCR A LEVEL CHEMISTRY -  REQUIRED PRACTICAL SUMMARY BOOKLET
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OCR A LEVEL CHEMISTRY - REQUIRED PRACTICAL SUMMARY BOOKLET

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With the demands of the new specification on practical skills and particularly methodology with Chemistry, i have compiled together a concise practical booklet on all the required practicals and the skills translated from there that will be assessed. These condensed notes are perfect for students and include detailed but concise methods to score full marks. Please do leave a review if you chose to buy.
AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY - RECOMBINANT DNA TECHNOLOGY FULL SCHEME OF WORK
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AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY - RECOMBINANT DNA TECHNOLOGY FULL SCHEME OF WORK

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Nine full lessons on the Recombinant DNA Technology topic for AQA A Level Biology. This topic is one of the most challenging due to the application and context-based nature. However, each lesson includes detailed and concise notes for some difficult to understand topics, along with relevant exam questions to help test skills, an essay prep, a practical, and fun and engaging activities to help consolidate learning.
AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7401 PAPER 1 -  SELF MADE QUESTION PAPER
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AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7401 PAPER 1 - SELF MADE QUESTION PAPER

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I often make my own end of topic tests using my own questions and any difficult ones i have found/changed old questions to make them harder. Here is a full 91 mark exam paper including the mark scheme with questions created by me. The test is designed to be challenging and in the light of the recent papers and how tricky some of the questions have been this will be good preparation! With so few resources available, new spec style papers are invaluable and thus i feel the need to share this with others. As expected, results were low considering the difficulty but it was rewarding to see so many students rise to the challenge to some very demanding questions. If you do decide to use this, please do leave a review! Likewise any grammar error/points you do not agree with please do let me know!
AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7402 - PHOTOSYNTHESIS END OF TOPIC TEST
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AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7402 - PHOTOSYNTHESIS END OF TOPIC TEST

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Included is a fairly difficult and challenging end of topic tests for student to attempt. Questions included are a mixture from old spec papers and my own questions (which are very difficult). Test is designed to stretch the high achievers while also ensuring basic foundations of knowledge of Grade C students are there; an application heavy paper in style of the challenging demands of the new specification exams. The paper pushes the high achievers significantly yet also makes sure those aimed for Grade C can access the grades. I've attached the mark scheme and the grade boundaries i used. Please do download and review! I would appreciate your feedback :)
AQA NEW GCSE Biology - Cell Biology l Lesson 2 - Cell Specialisation and Differentiation
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AQA NEW GCSE Biology - Cell Biology l Lesson 2 - Cell Specialisation and Differentiation

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Lesson 2 on Cell Biology. Lesson focuses on how cells can be differentiated and specialised for certain jobs etc. Includes a fun/silly acronym to use when tackling a "never-before-seen-cell" in an application question to do with specialised cells. I have not put any exam practise in properly at this stage - and rather left a more open ended activity for the students to do in terms of researching 10 common cells - such as red/white blood cells, sperm cells, xylem vessels etc. Can easily edit and adapt - could turn the "research cells" activity into something more creative by letting the students make the cells the following lesson(s) and doing a gallery-like exhibition. Any reviews or comments would be lovely! Thank you!
AQA NEW GCSE BIOLOGY - CULTURING MICROORGANISMS, MICROBES, BINARY FISSION, BACTERIA
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AQA NEW GCSE BIOLOGY - CULTURING MICROORGANISMS, MICROBES, BINARY FISSION, BACTERIA

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Lesson on culturing microorganisms along with understanding bacteria, microbes, binary fission and exponential growth through graphs, video clips, independent learning and challenging tasks. Students eventually generate their OWN plan with no support on how to grow microbes. Please note this lesson is the students GENERATING their plan - the following lesson they will complete the experiment. Lots of independent learning and room for personalisation. Please do download and review!!
UNCERTAINTY AND PERCENTAGE ERROR IN A LEVEL BIOLOGY - CALCULATIONS
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UNCERTAINTY AND PERCENTAGE ERROR IN A LEVEL BIOLOGY - CALCULATIONS

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Uncertainity and percentage error calculations are new to the AQA specification in Biology and something which will be assessed a lot more moving forward. These questions can be used for any exam board on the whole and explore what uncertainity is and means, the concept of resolution and plenty of exam questions for students to try.
AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7402 - RESPIRATION END OF TOPIC TEST
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AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7402 - RESPIRATION END OF TOPIC TEST

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Included is a fairly difficult and challenging end of topic tests for student to attempt. Questions included are a mixture from old spec papers and my own questions (which are very difficult!). Test is designed to stretch the high achievers while also ensuring basic foundations of knowledge of Grade C students are there; an application heavy paper in style of the challenging demands of the new specification exams. The paper pushes the high achievers significantly yet also makes sure those aimed for Grade C can access the grades. I've attached the mark scheme and the grade boundaries i used. Please do download and review! I would appreciate your feedback and see what type of marks other students are achieving!
AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7401 - ECOLOGY EXAM VAULT
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AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7401 - ECOLOGY EXAM VAULT

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Absolute plethora of over 1000 questions on ecology and mark schemes! Students often struggle with ecology due to failing to apply any common sense reasoning so it is beneficial and logical for students to practise answering questions on ecology.
AQA NEW GCSE BIOLOGY HOMEOSTASIS, KIDNEYS, WATER, OUTSTANDING LESSON
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AQA NEW GCSE BIOLOGY HOMEOSTASIS, KIDNEYS, WATER, OUTSTANDING LESSON

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A recently judged OUTSTANDING lesson from the headteacher on homeostasis and the kidneys - their role, structure etc etc. Lesson is heavily independent with minimal teacher input - but vital resources are provided to aid students. Students track progress via "Aspiration Island" and Solo Taxonomy, completing a learning journey. This has been a very successful lesson and has just recently been taught (Sept 2016) with outstanding results (and reviews!). Please do download and review! Tell me how it goes :)
AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY - REQUIRED PRACTICALS MASTER BOOKLET
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AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY - REQUIRED PRACTICALS MASTER BOOKLET

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A huge 60 page booklet on each of the required practicals for AQA A Level Biology including relevant exam questions, methods and techniques, answers and CPAC assessment trackers to track student progress, along with mathematical development opportunities, uncertainties and percentage error, statistical tests and reasoning, magnification and also biological drawings. The questions are based on research from many many many papers and include model responses that will guarantee full marks. I have also included a new practical, “practical X”, which looks at liming factors in photosynthesis and requires students to research and plan their own method for this. There is also a very tricky question on insect dissection that I have made and scattered throughout are challenging application questions in the style of the new specification exams. These are all contained in a nice, concise and consistent format making it clear to students, teachers and assessors. (Practical 12 is NOT included as this is a research skill at the digression of the school).
AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY - NERVOUS COORDINATION FULL SCHEME OF WORK
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AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY - NERVOUS COORDINATION FULL SCHEME OF WORK

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SIX FULL LESSONS on the AQA A Level Biology Nervous Coordination Topic. Lessons explore hormonal and nervous coordination, neurone structure, salatory conduction, action potentials, synapses and finally muscles and muscle contraction. Lessons include fun and engaging activities such as modelling muscle contraction and exploring the effect of drugs on synapses along with research on neuromuscular fatigue exercises and neurodegenerative diseases (excellent exam preparation material!) along with detailed, concise and fully explained notes on a challenging topic, and relevant exam questions along with some very challenging application questions. Please do leave a review if downloaded.