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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.
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
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
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)
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 GCSE Chemistry Topic 6 - reversible reactions and equilbrium
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New AQA GCSE Chemistry Topic 6 - reversible reactions and equilbrium

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A lesson describing what a reversible reaction is and explaining the term 'equilibrium'. The lesson is designed for foundation students and does not include 'Le Chatelier's principle'. The lesson features: - A past paper question starter based on a chemical reaction similar to the RPA tasks in the topic 6 unit. The task contains prompt questions designed to facilitate students answering questions based on unfamiliar scenarios - A demonstration reaction (ammonium chloride decomposing to produce ammonia and hydrogen chloride) with questions and animated answers on the powerpoint - A class practical (heating hydrated copper sulfate to produce anhydrous copper sulfate and water) with a results table containing animated answers to ensure that pupils understand observations seen in the practical task - Past paper questions based on the class practical and animated answers on the powerpoint - A mini true/ false statement table to allow for assessment of understanding
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 GCSE 9-1 Electrolysis of molten ionic compounds
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New AQA GCSE 9-1 Electrolysis of molten ionic compounds

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A lesson/ series of lessons introducing the concept of electrolysis and predicting the products when molten ionic compounds undergo electrolysis. The resource features: - A recap of how ions are produced. - Differentiated questions to explain the formation of ions - A recap of how to deduce the chemical formula of ionic compounds - A worksheet for students containing simplified descriptions of the components of an electrolysis cell and a table of ionic compounds requiring students to predict the products of electrolysis at the anode and cathode - Extension task for students to write half equations for the reactions at the electrodes (contains animated answers allowing self-assessment to take place) - Past paper review questions - A differentiated review plenary task with questions
NEW AQA 9-1 Chemistry revision sheets PAPER 1 AND PAPER 2 (suitable for Foundation Chemistry)
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NEW AQA 9-1 Chemistry revision sheets PAPER 1 AND PAPER 2 (suitable for Foundation Chemistry)

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A series of 11 simplistic revision mats designed for the Foundation Triple Chemistry specification. The revision mats contain: Key definitions with space for students to write in the key term Basic recall questions/ comprehension tasks followed by short answer questions to test understanding Summaries of the required practical activities and sample questions based on these RPA’s There is a revision mat for each topic 1-10 with an additional revision mat for electrolysis (Topic 4 - Chemical changes)
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
Genetic diagrams and inherited diseases
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Genetic diagrams and inherited diseases

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A KS3/KS4 lesson looking at key genetic terminology, building towards the completion and analysis of genetic diagrams for sickle cell anaemia, huntington's disease and cystic fibrosis. The lesson features: -A starter task looking at student understanding of the link between genes, chromosomes and DNA in a 'guess who' format -Powerpoint slides containing explanations for key genetic terminology and a table of definitions that requires students to match the correct key terms for - Four step-by-step worked examples with animated stages to demonstrate how to complete a genetic diagram/ punnett square. For differentiation i have created a worksheet (in the slides) with scaffolded support - Two extension questions to explain genetic diagram outcomes - Slides explaining the symptoms of sickle cell anaemia, huntington's and cystic fibrosis - Genetic diagram questions for students to complete on inherited diseases
NEW AQA 9-1 Chemistry PAPER 2 COMPLETE BUNDLE Topics 6-10
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NEW AQA 9-1 Chemistry PAPER 2 COMPLETE BUNDLE Topics 6-10

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A fully resourced lesson bundle for all AQA Triple Chemistry paper 2 topics: Topic 6 - rates of reaction Topic 7 - organic chemistry Topic 8 - chemical analysis Topic 9 - chemistry of the atmosphere Topic 10 - using resources. Suitable for foundation Triple candidates although can easily be adapted for Trilogy by deleting triple only content The bundle features lessons/ double lessons with 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 word documents with exam-style questions and answers for most lessons. There are also separate lessons and assessment resources for the required practicals in Topics 6-10 Read less
New AQA 9-1 Topic 8 Chemical analysis testing for gases
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New AQA 9-1 Topic 8 Chemical analysis testing for gases

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A lesson describing gas tests for oxygen, hydrogen, chlorine and carbon dioxide. Features instructions for how to carry out each test and a review set of questions on chromatography and gas tests. Answers to the questions are included in the powerpoint to allow for self/peer assessment of answers
New AQA 9-1 2016 Topic 9 Chemistry of the atmosphere - Greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect
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New AQA 9-1 2016 Topic 9 Chemistry of the atmosphere - Greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect

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Lesson looking at describing the greenhouse effect and explaining how this causes global warming. The lesson features: An exam-style question starter sheet on the formation of the atmosphere Group activity labelling a storyboard on the formation of the atmosphere Images to promote discussion on what the greenhouse effect is and how it is caused Hidden drawing on global warming Engaging video link looking at the effects of climate change Paired teaching cards on methane and carbon dioxide gases True/ false review Silent debate on issues surrounding climate change (instructions on powerpoint) Bags of content that would easily cover a double lesson!
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 2016 Topic 9 Chemistry of the atmosphere - Carbon footprint and air pollution
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New AQA 9-1 2016 Topic 9 Chemistry of the atmosphere - Carbon footprint and air pollution

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Lesson explaining what a carbon footprint is and the problems caused by pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, carbon particulates and nitrogen oxides. Features a starter activity based on prior learning of the topic that settles pupils into their learning (formation of the atmosphere, greenhouse gases, deforestation and climate change), hidden drawing task, definition match for terms carbon capture, carbon neutral, carbon offset and carbon footprint, information stations for an independent learning activity, video link and exam-style review questions with model answers.
New AQA GCSE 9-1 Topic 6: Rates of reaction required practicals (effect of concentration on rates)
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New AQA GCSE 9-1 Topic 6: Rates of reaction required practicals (effect of concentration on rates)

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Two powerpoints and worksheets to guide pupils through the required practical experiments in Topic 6: Rates of reaction (magnesium and hydrochloric acid and sodium thiosulfate and hydrochloric acid). The lessons feature: - Starter activities to recap factors affecting the rate of a reaction and measuring the rate of a reaction - Animated powerpoints to help pupils develop a hypothesis for each investigation and identify variables - Instructions for each practical - Extension tasks incorporating past paper questions (with animated answers on the powerpoint) to allow pupils to apply their understanding from completion of the required practicals - Worksheets containing success criteria checklists to guide pupils through the required practical tasks.