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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).

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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 A LEVEL BIOLOGY REQUIRED PRACTICAL SUMMARY BOOKLET

AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY REQUIRED PRACTICAL SUMMARY BOOKLET

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!
rehaank
AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7402 - SELF MADE PAPER 3

AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7402 - SELF MADE PAPER 3

I often produce my own end of topic tests and decided to produce a whole exam paper. I have also produced a sample Paper 1 which can be found and bought. This is a very demanding and challenging paper designed to stretch candidates. It is probably harder than the actual exam but this would be an ‘extreme’ version of a paper 3 - a paper many students struggle with due to the level of demand of application questions, data analysis and maths. Please do leave a review if downloaded!
rehaank
AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7401 PAPER 1 -  SELF MADE QUESTION PAPER

AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7401 PAPER 1 - SELF MADE QUESTION PAPER

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!
rehaank
OCR A LEVEL CHEMISTRY -  REQUIRED PRACTICAL BOOKLET

OCR A LEVEL CHEMISTRY - REQUIRED PRACTICAL BOOKLET

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.
rehaank
AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY - CPAC: CALIBRATION CURVE, GLUCOSE CONCENTRATION, ABSORBANCE OF LIGHT

AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY - CPAC: CALIBRATION CURVE, GLUCOSE CONCENTRATION, ABSORBANCE OF LIGHT

CPAC for NEW AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY Contains method for practical, objectives, questions, marking rubric etc for the practical. Assessment of: CPAC 4a, CPAC 4b, CPAC 5a Involves use of burette to generate serial dilutions of glucose, then, adding benedict's reagent and using a red filter colormiter to see absorbance of light for each of the different concentrations of glucose. Completed earlier last week with positive results. Great for a first time practical though many had never used a burette before (shocker!) so that led to unneeded difficulties and spillages. Great. Do please download! :) Ref: "11: Production of a dilution series of a glucose solution and use of colorimetric techniques to produce a calibration curve with which to identify the concentration of glucose in an unknown ‘urine’ sample"
rehaank
AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY - RECOMBINANT DNA TECHNOLGY REVISION BOOKLET

AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY - RECOMBINANT DNA TECHNOLGY REVISION BOOKLET

For Christmas, i made students complete a "12 days of Christmas" revision booklet to consolidate our topic on recombinant DNA Technology. Equally, this booklet can easily be transferred into homework tasks for students studying the topic or even used in lessons for students to record their notes in. The booklet is full of practise summary questions, learning tasks and exam questions to help refine students' learning. Please do leave a review if you do download this! Thank you :)
rehaank
AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7401 - ECOLOGY END OF TOPIC TEST

AQA A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7401 - ECOLOGY END OF TOPIC TEST

Included is a fairly difficult end of topic test on ecology including the mark scheme. Ecology is a topic students often fail at in exams and this paper is a combination of difficult questions and some really difficult questions i have composed of myself, with a heavy focus on context, application and practical reasoning. I have included the grade boundaries used with my cohort. Please do leave a review if downloaded!
rehaank
AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7401 - ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT DIFFICULT 5 MARKER QUESTIONS

AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7401 - ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT DIFFICULT 5 MARKER QUESTIONS

Attached is a document containing difficult ecology and environment questions with mark schemes included. The activity works on the basis of students answering the questions then peer assessing rotating from one station to the other. Stations contain the questions. This can, of course, be used in a billion other ways where students could relay question sheets and then add to the answer already there in a different colour every minute and so on forth. Students often find ecology difficult and these questions have been handpicked to challenge the most able students. Please do leave a review if downloaded!
rehaank
AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7401 - ECOLOGY EXAM VAULT

AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7401 - ECOLOGY EXAM VAULT

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.
rehaank
AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7402 - STIMULI AND RESPONSE FULL UNIT OF WORK BUNDLE

AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7402 - STIMULI AND RESPONSE FULL UNIT OF WORK BUNDLE

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 (R) and stroke volume (V) to calculate cardiac output (CO), using the formula CO = R × V
rehaank
AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7402 - RESPIRATION END OF TOPIC TEST

AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7402 - RESPIRATION END OF TOPIC TEST

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!
rehaank
AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY - PHOTOSYNTHESIS, CHLOROPLASTS AND ATP

AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY - PHOTOSYNTHESIS, CHLOROPLASTS AND ATP

The first of a few more to come in regards to the new spec a level AQA Biology. Each 'set' will include the powerpoint plus some fairly challenging exam questions in lieu of the difficulty of the new spec and the mark scheme. The questions have been designed by me mainly/ include some very old BYB questions. Please do download and review :)
rehaank
AQA NEW GCSE Biology - Cell Biology l Lesson 2 - Cell Specialisation and Differentiation

AQA NEW GCSE Biology - Cell Biology l Lesson 2 - Cell Specialisation and Differentiation

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!
rehaank
AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7402 - PHOTOSYNTHESIS END OF TOPIC TEST

AQA NEW A LEVEL BIOLOGY 7402 - PHOTOSYNTHESIS END OF TOPIC TEST

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 :)
rehaank
AQA NEW GCSE BIOLOGY HOMEOSTASIS, KIDNEYS, WATER, OUTSTANDING LESSON

AQA NEW GCSE BIOLOGY HOMEOSTASIS, KIDNEYS, WATER, OUTSTANDING LESSON

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 :)
rehaank
NEW AQA AS/A LEVEL BIOLOGY - EXCHANGE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT BOOKLET

NEW AQA AS/A LEVEL BIOLOGY - EXCHANGE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT BOOKLET

This booklet was designed for biology students to complete during the Christmas holidays; a "12 days of Christmas" booklet with tasks and exam practise on the different areas within the "Exchange with the Environment" topic of AQA AS Biology. The booklet is designed as a revision booklet for student to recap their learning but it can easily be changed into an in-lesson learning booklet to support teaching materials. There are tasks for each day staring with the 25th December. (!) As mentioned before, there is lots of necessary exam practise with challenging application-style questions. The booklet was given to students on the last day of term, wrapped up as a present! Students were instructed to open this on Christmas. What a great present! Please do download and review :)
rehaank