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I aim to create detailed lessons for KS3 and KS4 science lessons, simplifying content for both teachers and pupils. My lessons include a lot of pupil-centred tasks and modelling activities where appropriate to engage pupils in their learning. As an AQA examiner for the new GCSE trilogy and triple science course I include a lot of 'past paper' style questions in my lessons that match the type of questions students will be asked in examinations.

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I aim to create detailed lessons for KS3 and KS4 science lessons, simplifying content for both teachers and pupils. My lessons include a lot of pupil-centred tasks and modelling activities where appropriate to engage pupils in their learning. As an AQA examiner for the new GCSE trilogy and triple science course I include a lot of 'past paper' style questions in my lessons that match the type of questions students will be asked in examinations.
NEW AQA GCSE Topic 7 organic chemistry - naturally occurring polymers and topic revision
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NEW AQA GCSE Topic 7 organic chemistry - naturally occurring polymers and topic revision

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A lesson looking at the structure of amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates and DNA. The lesson also contains multiple revision questions and a double-sided revision sheet for the whole of the Organic Chemistry unit of work (AQA spec). The lesson features: - A homologous series match up task and series of statements requiring students to name the homologous series to which the statement is referring to - Review questions on the structure of proteins, carbohydrates and DNA - A DNA modelling task using sweets, with questions to assist pupils in describing and evaluating their models - A double sided revision sheet (last slides of the powerpoint) for the whole topic
Cells (plant and animal cells) and magnification
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Cells (plant and animal cells) and magnification

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A KS3/KS4 lesson on labelling and describing the difference between plant and animals cells, calculating the magnification of objects viewed under a microscope and rearranging the magnification equation to calculate image size/ actual size. The lesson features: A starter activity where students think about what processes all living things must do A link to a video providing students with a catchy ‘rap’ about the names and parts of a cell A worksheet that can be easily differentiated (currently has missing words) on labelling cells and describing their function An extended writing task to describe the difference between plant and animal cells and explain why plant cells need additional organelles. The task comes with a model answer on the powerpoint to allow for peer/ self assessment Fun introduction to magnification with a ‘guess the object’ game. Students are shown magnified images and must guess what the object is Scaffolded step-by-step methods and questions for calculating magnification, image size and actual size. On the questions slide for each type of calculation there is a worked example to guide pupils/ for reference
NEW AQA 9-1 Topic 10 bundle - Using resources
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NEW AQA 9-1 Topic 10 bundle - Using resources

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A fully resourced lesson bundle for the AQA Topic 10 unit - Using Resources. Suitable for foundation and higher tier Triple candidates (content can easily be deleted for Trilogy) The bundle features double lessons on: Potable water, waste water and purification of water RPA Corrosion, alloys and copper extraction (phytomining and bioleaching) Ceramics, composites and polymers Sustainability and life cycle assessments The Haber process and NPK fertilisers The lessons feature informative, user-friendly slides, links to videos and suggestions of modelling tasks/ teaching activities, regular assessment questions throughout the powerpoints to check understanding with animated answers and a word document with exam-style questions and answers for each lesson
Genes, chromosomes, DNA, (including the structure and discovery of DNA)
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Genes, chromosomes, DNA, (including the structure and discovery of DNA)

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A KS3 lesson explaining the link between genes, chromosomes and DNA. The lesson features: - A starter task recapping previous learning on cells and sexual reproduction -A differentiated task describing the link between genes, chromosomes and DNA (features a labelling sheet and powerpoint slides that could be printed out to form information stations) - A 'what am I' task to assess student understanding of the link between 'genes, chromosomes and DNA' - A task using sweets to model the 3D structure of DNA and statements that prompt students to explain what the parts of their model represent - A video looking at the discovery of DNA with corresponding questions - An evaluation task looking at the contributions of different scientists to the discovery of DNA (fully resourced with cards to be handed out to students in groups)
Atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures lesson
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Atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures lesson

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A KS3 lesson looking at the difference between atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures, how to represent elements as symbols and interpreting the numbers of atoms and elements in a chemical compound. The lesson features: -An engaging starter task using a video to ascertain students prior ideas around what elements are (Daniel Radcliffe singing 'the elements song') -Key term and definition match - Quick multiple choice questions to assess student understanding - A task using sweets to model atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures including an opportunity for students to explain their arrangements - A worksheet requiring students to recognise atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures -An activity to help students recognise element symbols on the periodic table An activity to practice recognising numbers of atoms and elements in chemical formulae
Photosynthesis and structure of a leaf
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Photosynthesis and structure of a leaf

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A KS3/ GCSE lesson describing the reactants and products of photosynthesis and adaptations of structures in the leaf. The lesson features: - A structured 'information stations' learning task on the structures found in the leaf containing differentiated questions - Multiple choice questions to assess understanding - A differentiated question sheet - A worksheet (could be completed as homework) with mark scheme
NEW AQA 9-1 GCSE Chemistry Cells, batteries, fuel cells and Topic 5 revision energy changes
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NEW AQA 9-1 GCSE Chemistry Cells, batteries, fuel cells and Topic 5 revision energy changes

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A double lesson/ series of lessons explaining how a cell works, considering the variables that affect the potential difference produced by a cell, the difference between rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, how hydrogen fuel cells work and the advantages/ disadvantages of using a fuel cell compared to batteries. The lesson features: A starter consisting of 10 basic recall questions from previous learning with animated answers (graphene, reactions of acids and metal carbonates, groups on the periodic table, diamond, covalent bonding diagrams, properties of small covalent molecules and energy transfer required practical) A slide introducing the idea of a cell in an engaging context by asking students to think about how they would make an LED light up using a lemon, coin and piece of copper. A series of slides explaining how chemical cells work and what a battery consists of A suggested practical with instructions, results table and conclusion questions investigating how the reactivity difference between metal electrodes affects the voltage made in a cell A host of short review questions with animated answers on the powerpoint to allow for assessment of pupil progress A link to an engaging video looking at hydrogen powered cars and questions for pupils to subsequently answer from the video An animated diagram explaining how a hydrogen fuel cell works, table detailing advantages/ disadvantages of hydrogen fuel cells and an evaluation question comparing rechargeable batteries to hydrogen fuel cells using a table of statements A worksheet containing exam-style questions. Answers are featured on the powerpoint to allow for assessment of pupil progress An A3 review sheet for the entire energy changes topic with questions/ diagrams for pupils to complete
Mitosis and meiosis
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Mitosis and meiosis

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A double lesson / series of lessons comparing the processes of mitosis and meisosis, suitable for KS3 or a low/ middle ability KS4 class (lesson is tailored towards the new AQA GCSE scheme). The lesson features: A ‘find someone who’ starter grid activity with 6 questions recapping cells (differences between animal, plant and bacterial cells, roles of cell organelles) An introduction to the purpose of mitosis including a link to a video showing aphid cloning and an engaging hook into the lesson considering the replacement of skin cells using mitosis An explanation for the stages of the cell cycle and mitosis using a diagram Differentiated activities on the stages of mitosis (a simple ‘ordering the stages’ task, a table where pupils must order and draw an image to represent the stages of mitosis and a ‘true/ false’ review grid Graphs showing the change in DNA content that students must link to the stages of mitosis and meiosis Review questions on mitosis including a past paper question An introduction to the purpose of meiosis using key terms that pupils must discuss and a discussion question An explanation for the stages of meiosis using a diagram A slide to compare the processes of mitosis and meiosis using images of each cell division A comparison table of mitosis and meiosis with animated answers A 6 mark question comparing mitosis and meiosis with animated markscheme Review questions on the two processes
New AQA 9-1 Chemistry Topic 10 Using resources - Haber process and NPK fertilisers
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New AQA 9-1 Chemistry Topic 10 Using resources - Haber process and NPK fertilisers

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A double lesson/ series of lessons looking at the Haber process and production of NPK fertilisers Lesson features include: A series of basic recall questions from previous learning (water treatment, the purification of water required practical, rusting, methods to prevent corrosion, alloys, alternative methods of copper extraction, recycling and sustainability) A fun introduction to the background of the Haber process with a slide on important developments of the 20th Century and the life of Fritz Haber (containing a ‘spot the false statement’ activity about his life) An information card and cloze activity to help students recall conditions for the Haber process and slide containing a description of the Haber process step-by-step Exam-style questions on conditions and reactants needed in the Haber process with animated answers on the powerpoint Recap slide on the concept of equilibrium and instructions for an active modelling task to perform in the classroom with pupils (instructions for the task are found on the ‘notes’ section on slide 21) Recap slides on Le Chatelier’s principle that provide information and questions for students to apply the principles to the Haber process reaction Opportunity for pupils to apply the active modelling task in the classroom to show the effect of changing temperature and pressure on the Haber process (instructions for this are found in the ‘notes’ section of the slides) A multitude of review questions of varying demand to assess pupils’ understanding of the equilibrium trade-off in the Haber process (the answers to the questions are animated on the powerpoint) Slides introducing what NPK fertilisers are and their importance with prompt questions and answers Slides containing a variety of exam-style questions on the manufacturing of NPK fertilisers A series of exam-style questions on a Word document with animated answers on the powerpoint Lots to choose from here!
NEW AQA 9-1 Chemistry Topic 5 bundle - energy changes
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NEW AQA 9-1 Chemistry Topic 5 bundle - energy changes

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A fully resourced lesson bundle for the AQA Topic 5 unit - Energy changes. Suitable for foundation and higher tier Triple candidates (content can easily be deleted for Trilogy) The bundle features double lessons on: Exothermic and endothermic reactions and bond energy calculations Energy transfer in neutralisation required practical Cells, batteries and fuel cells The lessons feature informative, user-friendly slides, links to videos and suggestions of modelling tasks/ teaching activities, regular assessment questions throughout the powerpoints to check understanding with animated answers, word documents with exam-style questions and answers and a revision sheet for the entire topic.
AQA 9-1 GCSE Chemistry Topic 10 Using resources -Potable water, waste water and distillation RPA
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AQA 9-1 GCSE Chemistry Topic 10 Using resources -Potable water, waste water and distillation RPA

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A lesson/series of lessons covering the following learning outcomes: - The difference between pure and potable water - How freshwater, seawater and waste water are treated - Distillation required practical (including how to test for the presence of salt in seawater before and after distillation) The resource features a worksheet summarising different water treatment methods for pupils to complete, a true/ false review, exam questions with animated answers and an RPA task sheet with success criteria and application questions.
NEW AQA 9-1 Chemistry Topic 2 bundle - bonding and structure
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NEW AQA 9-1 Chemistry Topic 2 bundle - bonding and structure

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A series of lessons for the new AQA GCSE Topic 2 - bonding and structure. The bundle features lessons on: Ions,ionic bonding and properties of ionic compounds Covalent bonding and allotropes of carbon (diamond, graphite, graphene, fullerenes and nanotubes) Nanoparticles Metallic bonding and alloys Polymers and states of matter Each lesson features a 10 question starter quiz with animated answers, slides with step-by-step methods and examples, practice questions building in difficulty and exam-style review questions.
Static electricity
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Static electricity

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Lesson recapping the structure of an atom and explaining how objects become charged. The lesson features: Engaging video for students to recap/ learn about the structure of an atom Video to explain what happens when hair becomes charged Circus of experiments to explain the behaviour of charged objects Explanations for static shocks and lightning Review questions to assess understanding
NEW GCSE AQA Electrolysis of aqueous solutions
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NEW GCSE AQA Electrolysis of aqueous solutions

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A lesson/ series of lessons recapping the process of electrolysis, understanding how to predict the products when molten ionic compounds are electrolysed and understanding how to apply the series of rules concerning the products of aqueous ionic solutions. The lesson features: A question grid based on previous learning from topic 4 (extraction of metals, reactivity series, acid reactions, electrolysis) Basic recap questions looking at the process of electrolysis and labelling an electrolysis cell -Step-by-step simplified recall practice looking at what is formed at the positive and negative electrodes for molten ionic compounds Summary slides that explain to students the rules for predicting the products of electrolysis at the positive and negative electrode if the ionic compound is dissolved in solution. This is accompanied by simplified recall practice looking at what is formed at the positive and negative electrodes so students gain confidence in applying the rules to any substance A recap of how ions are produced. Instructions for how to complete the required practical looking at the electrolysis of aqueous solutions, including a blank and completed results table for pupil self-assessment Past paper review questions
New AQA 9-1 Chemistry Topic 9 Chemistry of the atmosphere - The Earth's early atmosphere
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New AQA 9-1 Chemistry Topic 9 Chemistry of the atmosphere - The Earth's early atmosphere

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A lesson to describe the Earth's early atmosphere and present day atmosphere together with explanations for changes in the composition of the atmosphere. The lesson includes: A card sort to accompany a video looking at developments in the Earth's atmosphere A storyboard task with descriptions A cartoon strip learning mat activity that students can annotate individually/ work in groups to explain changes in Earth's atmosphere Past paper questions with answers animated into the powerpoint
NEW AQA 9-1 Chemistry Topic 10 Using resources - Sustainability and LCA's (life cycle assessments)
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NEW AQA 9-1 Chemistry Topic 10 Using resources - Sustainability and LCA's (life cycle assessments)

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A double lesson/ series of lessons looking at the extraction, processing, use and disposal of Earth’s resources. The lesson contains three main objectives: A recap of the difference between renewable and finite resources Explaining why reducing the use of Earth’s resources is important Describe the components of a life cycle assessment and compare the suitability of materials for products using life cycle assessments. Lesson features include: A series of basic recall questions from previous learning (water treatment, the purification of water required practical, rusting, methods to prevent corrosion, alloys, alternative methods of copper extraction, thermosetting and thermosoftening polymers) A cartoon image to introduce current issues with the rate at which earth’s resources are being plundered Slides introducing the difference between renewable and finite resources with a sorting task for pupils to complete (animated answers on the slide to review progress) Discussion questions around the impact of extracting resources using quarrying/ mining with a review summary An envoy/ circus task recapping the extraction and processing of different materials and their disadvantages that has been covered in previous topics - plastics (topic 7), petrol (topic 7), iron (topic 4/10), aluminium (topic 4) and copper (phytomining and bioleaching covered in topic 10) Review questions on the first learning objective Two video clips, slide containing relevant news headlines and discussion questions around the importance of ‘reducing, reusing, recycling’ materials (video clips from a recent documentary on landfill looking at the dangers of landfill and alternatives to plastic bags - the latter clip I have produced a slide of questions to go with it) Slides summarising the importance of recycling metals and plastics, linking metal recycling to the importance of gold for smartphones Several slides of exam-style review questions for the second objective with animated answers for easy assessment An introduction to what a life cycle assessment is using the life cycle of a human. A table explaining considerations for each of the stages of a life cycle assessment is included (could be printed off for students to use) A group/ individual task considering the LCA’s for paper and plastic straws to determine what sort of straws McDonald’s should use (relevant to current news) Review questions comparing life cycle assessments for materials with animated answers A series of exam-style questions on a Word document with animated answers on the powerpoint Lots to choose from here!
NEW AQA GCSE Chemistry Topic 10 Corrosion alloys and copper extraction (phytomining and bioleaching)
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NEW AQA GCSE Chemistry Topic 10 Corrosion alloys and copper extraction (phytomining and bioleaching)

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A double lesson/ series of lessons looking at the process of corrosion and methods to prevent corrosion, the structure of alloys and properties of specific alloys and the processes of phytomining and bioleaching Lesson features include: A starter consisting of basic recall questions from previous learning (treatment of freshwater, wastewater and the purification of seawater required practical) Slides introducing the idea of corrosion and factors affecting corrosion in an engaging context (questioning on whether a ship in the desert or a ship in shallow water would rust faster and why) A series of slides containing descriptions on methods preventing corrosion that could be used as a carousel/ envoy activity (painting, oiling, galvanising, sacrificial protection) A slide containing descriptions of alloys as detailed by the aqa exam board. This could be printed off and handed out as cards A host of short review questions for each learning objective (corrosion, alloys and the extraction of copper) A paired teaching activity on phytomining and bioleaching for students to complete. This comprises of cards with storyboards on detailing the processes A worksheet containing exam-style questions. Answers are featured on the powerpoint to allow for assessment of pupil progress
NEW AQA GCSE 9-1 Topic 10 - Using resources Water treatment and desalination including the RPA task
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NEW AQA GCSE 9-1 Topic 10 - Using resources Water treatment and desalination including the RPA task

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A lesson/ series of lessons covering the steps used in the treatment of water (designed specifically to match AQA spec), including the required practical activity to desalinate water and test for the presence of sodium and chloride ions. The lesson features: - A learning mat following the powerpoint looking at the treatment of freshwater, seawater and wastewater (has missing key terms though could be adapted to provide more challenge) - Review past paper questions with animated answers on the powerpoint to assess student understanding of water treatment - Step-by-step instructions including a table of results to allow students to complete the RPA. - A sheet with success criteria and extension questions to assess student understanding of the RPA task - Review questions for the lesson