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Biology. Science. Geography. History. Whole school. Most resources aimed at KS5 G&T biology or KS3 geography and science. Due to my wide range of experience I have developed resources for a wide range of subjects including biology, chemistry, physics, geography, history, travel & tourism, citizenship, PSHE, and RE as well as whole school items and middle management. I have been teaching for 11 years, with experience both in the class room and in various management roles.

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Biology. Science. Geography. History. Whole school. Most resources aimed at KS5 G&T biology or KS3 geography and science. Due to my wide range of experience I have developed resources for a wide range of subjects including biology, chemistry, physics, geography, history, travel & tourism, citizenship, PSHE, and RE as well as whole school items and middle management. I have been teaching for 11 years, with experience both in the class room and in various management roles.
T-test practice for GCSE or AS/A-level biology
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T-test practice for GCSE or AS/A-level biology

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The resource includes a pupil worksheet and accompanying teacher notes (including calculations) for pupils to practice using the student's t-test. The worksheet includes a scenario in which the t-test is used to determine significant differences between populations of foxes living in different habitats. The t-test is used in the context of natural selection, and pupils are asked to describe directional selection pressures which could lead to the observed differences.
Autosomal gene linkage activity for A-level biology
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Autosomal gene linkage activity for A-level biology

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The attached file contains results of an imaginary genetic experiment with a newly discovered species. These results provide genetic recombination evidence which will be used to determine which of four genes are found on the same chromosome (linked genes). Pupils can be asked to perform a chi-squared analysis on the results. G&T pupils can also use the recombination evidence to map the observed genes on the species two chromosomes. A mark-scheme including working of the chi-squared analysis is provided. The activity may also be suitable for G&T GCSE/IGCSE pupils following the separate science (triple award) route.
Reading strategies for KS3 & EAL
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Reading strategies for KS3 & EAL

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This resource is a compilation of 10 strategies for developing reading skills and fluency in Secondary. I compiled the list after vast research of guidance notes from teachers and government agencies across the UK and Australia as well as other advice and seminars. While writing the document my focus was on KS3 learners and those with English as an Additional Language. It may be particularly useful to English department heads, reading co-ordinators or those in the SLT.
Classification Card Sort
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Classification Card Sort

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The attached file contains 20 cards, each displaying an organism. The organisms cover all 5 kingdoms and 3 domains. I have used this as an introductory activity when teaching about classification. The idea is to get the pupils thinking about how organisms are classified and why there are often disagreements. It is also a good starting point for discussions into limitations of the 5 kingdoms and why the three domains system is more frequently used by scientists today. The cards include 7 prokaryotes, 4 animals, 3 plants, 3 fungi and 3 protoctists. Of the 7 prokaryotes, 4 are archaebacteria and 3 are eubacteria. The cards only provide pictures and species name and so there is not really enough information for pupils to determine which are archaebacteria and which are eubacteria. However, pupils can be given the hint that many archaebacteria live in extreme environments - this will help them to identify which are which.
Vertebrate classification - card sort activity
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Vertebrate classification - card sort activity

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This card sort activity is designed for use as a starter or plenary in a lesson on vertebrate classification in KS3 or KS4 science / biology. The resource includes teacher's notes on how to use the resource as well as suggestions for extension activities.
End of Unit Test and MarkScheme for Industry: Geography
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End of Unit Test and MarkScheme for Industry: Geography

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This resource provides an End of Unit Test and Mark scheme, designed for use in KS3 geography, however it may also be suitable for KS4. Pupils will be tested on their understanding of industry sectors and how these link to economic development; TNCs; industry locations and inputs, processes and outputs of industry. The test questions are identified as low difficulty, medium difficulty or high difficulty. Suggested 'grade' thresholds are given in the mark scheme. The test could be used following the "AfL task for Industry KS3/KS4 geography" which can be found in my shop.
End of Unit AfL task for Global Warming and Climate Change
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End of Unit AfL task for Global Warming and Climate Change

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An open-ended assessment task for pupils who have recently studied global warming. The task focuses on the effects and consequences of global warming rather than the causes, but also includes an extension activity requiring pupils to consider how the process of global warming may be stopped or slowed down. Suitable for KS3 and KS4 geography The resource is provided with two levels of differentiated support and also includes teacher's notes.
Activity pack for KS3 electricity
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Activity pack for KS3 electricity

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This pack contains four separate revision exercises for KS3 electricity, including a mix of individual, pair and group work. The activities can be used as plenary exercises within individual lessons or together at the end of a unit to make up a revision lesson. Teacher notes are included for most activities. The activities are designed for use at KS3 but may also be suitable as extension activities for KS2 or as revision activities for KS4 at the beginning of a unit or topic on electricty and circuit diagrams.
Life processes - lesson ideas and resources
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Life processes - lesson ideas and resources

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This resource provides two worksheets and teacher's notes for a lesson on the eight life processes. The nature of the resources allows them to be used with a wide age range and wide range of abilities. They could be used when introducing the living processes, or as a quick recap before discussing viruses as non-cellular and non-living in an A-level class. There is also a crossword which can be used as a plenary or homework activity.
Fertilisation worksheet & markscheme for G&T A-level/GCSE biology
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Fertilisation worksheet & markscheme for G&T A-level/GCSE biology

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This resource is most likely to be used as an extension activity for gifted & talented or high ability pupils in GCSE, A-level or IB biology. Both the student sheet and answers (separate teacher sheet) are provided for download. The activity provides a detailed diagram showing the process of fertilisation in mammals, which pupils are expected to label and annotate. Pupils will be required to recognise the function of the acrosome in sperm and the cortical reaction, which prevents polyspermy.
End of Unit AfL task for the Industrial Revolution: KS3 History
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End of Unit AfL task for the Industrial Revolution: KS3 History

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This open ended assessment task is designed for use towards the end of a unit on the Industrial Revolution in KS3 history. However it may also be suitable for KS4 history classes, either as an assessment of prior learning or an AfL task toward the end of a unit or topic. Pupils are asked to create a timeline or multiple timelines identifying the events of the period (1700 - 1850) and making links between them. Pupils are expected to focus on changes in farming, the cloth industry and population. A 'progression' ladder based on Bloom's taxonomy is included to assist both pupils and teachers with assessing the task.
End of Unit AfL task for Industry in KS3/KS4 geography
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End of Unit AfL task for Industry in KS3/KS4 geography

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This open ended assessment task is designed for use towards the end of a unit on Industry in KS3 geography. However it may also be suitable for KS4 geography classes, either as an assessment of prior learning or an AfL task toward the end of a unit. Pupils are asked to identify industry sector and consider human and physical factors influencing location as well as possible problems and solutions for the chosen industry. A 'progression' ladder based on Bloom's taxonomy is included to assist both pupils and teachers with assessing the task. This resource can be used prior to taking the End of Unit Test for Industry.
Global Warming & Climate Change
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Global Warming & Climate Change

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This bundle includes some of my best resources on Global Warming & Climate Change. The true-false quiz is an excellent starter activity, particularly when introducing climate change. The AfL task and End of Unit test can then be used at the end of a unit on Global Warming and/or climate change to provide formative and summative assessment. The lesson plan also provides a case study on Polar Bears which allows pupils to consider the possible consequences of Global Warming in depth and also tends to motive pupils to want to do something to help curb the progress of Global Warming. I thoroughly enjoyed using these resources with my pupils. I hope you do too.
End of Unit Test and MarkScheme for Global Warming and Climate Change
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End of Unit Test and MarkScheme for Global Warming and Climate Change

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This resource contains an End of Unit Test and associated markscheme, designed for use at the end of a unit on Global Warming and/or Climate Change in KS3 or geography but may also be suitable for KS4. Each question is identified as being low, medium or high ability and suggested 'grade' thresholds are given at the end of both pupil and teacher documents. This resource may be used following "End of Unit AfL task for Global Warming"
Exploration activity on the effects of adrenaline for GCSE Biology
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Exploration activity on the effects of adrenaline for GCSE Biology

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This resource s designed as an exploration activity to be used during a lesson on adrenaline, but may also be adapted to be used as a starter/plenary or as an AfL task at the end of the topic. The resource may also be suitable for use at KS3 (as extension work) or A-level (as GCSE recap). The effects of adrenaline could be given, to shorten the time taken for the task, thus allowing it to be used as a starter or plenary. A suggested extension is given on both the teacher and pupil versions of the sheet. Teacher's notes are provided.
End of Unit AfL task for Economic Development: KS3 or KS4 geography
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End of Unit AfL task for Economic Development: KS3 or KS4 geography

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This open ended assessment task is designed for use towards the end of a unit on Economic Development in KS3 geography. However it may also be suitable for KS4 geography classes, either as an assessment of prior learning or an AfL task toward the end of a unit. Pupils are asked to demonstrate their knowledge of the demographic transition model and development indicators. A 'progression' ladder based on Bloom's taxonomy is included to assist both pupils and teachers with assessing the task.
Homework / revision activities for A-level cells and cellular transport
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Homework / revision activities for A-level cells and cellular transport

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This resource includes five activities which can be completed in or out of class time: 1. A comparison table for cell structure & function available in three variations for high ability, lower ability and mixed ability classes. 2. Blank diagrams of a typical animal, plant and prokaryotic cell for labeling and annotation. Includes suggested extension / extra credit activities. 3. A Venn type diagram, requiring pupils to identify the similarities and differences between four mechanisms of inter-cellular transport (simple diffusion, facilitated diffusion, osmosis and active transport) 4. A summary activity for inter-cellular transport including both a table and a cell diagram (to annotate). Includes simple diffusion, facilitated diffusion, active transport, osmosis and bulk transport. 5. A recap activity for the characteristics of life: Pupils are required to identify eight living processes in a family of rabbits. The resource is aimed at A-level pupils but will also be suitable for GCSE Biology (separate sciences) and may be suitable for co-ordinated science depending on the syllabus.
Lesson Plan: Polar Bears and Global Warming
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Lesson Plan: Polar Bears and Global Warming

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This resource is a lesson plan for a lesson providing a case study on the consequences of global warming for polar bears. The lesson plan includes links to a number of videos with suggestions of how to integrate them into the lesson. Three alternative plenary exercises are provided. The lesson plan is also included along with assessment resources in my bundle on global warming and climate change which can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/global-warming-and-climate-change-11315427
KS3 geography
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KS3 geography

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Combined resources for KS3 geography. Most of these are quite open ended and also useful in KS4. Topics include global warming & climate change, economic development, industry and continental drift.