This test is a great way to assess your students on the following statistical tests:
student T- test
Simpson’s index of diversity
Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient
All these statistical tests are fundamental in the new A-level biology specification, These test will allows you to see how confident your students are with applying the statistical tests and interpreting the calculated values.
UPDATE: A Statistical tests pack which includes all the statisical tests questions from OCR A-level biology has now been made, This also includes a markscheme. I have also included a front sheet which summarises the purpose of each test, examples, describing null hypothesis using examples, and when how to reject or accept null hypthesis. Print this off if you do not want to print the tests off seperately!
100% suitable for OCR A-level biology A specification, 100% suitable for other specifications with slight tweaks!
Are your students struggling with those difficult practical skills questions? Do you want to give your students some much needed practice on skills based questions on practicals, and want to identify specific areas of weaknesses?
Then look no further! I have made resources which have had amazing feed back from both students AND teachers:
I have made:
*two practical skills tests ( a short test and a long test)
These tests address all the module 1 assessment requirements, covering areas such as: Planning, analysis, interpreting data, evaluation.
two booklets of ALL spec A and spec B experimental questions
other smaller practical skills test packs
A ‘practical skills assessed’ hand book which outlines all the requirements for module 1, including a check list for planning an experiment!
UPDATE!!* I have uploaded a ‘key skills in biology’ powerpoint, this includes the differences between accuracy, precision, repeatabillity, reproducibility and validity. Also, this includes annotated practical skills questions which will help students practice essential exam skills, plus there are student exemplar answers which have been marked by examiners.
Students are given examples of experimental methods in many of the questions, and are asked on many occasions to identify limitations and improvements - these questions are very common for the new specification!
As head of A-level biology, I have seen a huge improvement in our students’ responses to practical skills questions after assessing them with this test!
All you need to effectively teach the plant responses unit for the new OCR A-level biology A-specification! Also compatible with other specifications!
I have spent a great deal of time to make this dull topic interesting!
You will find a very colourful, informative and engaging power point presentation including everything from the specification.
Every lesson includes learning outcomes, key words, starters, plenaries and exam questions!
Additionally, there is a plant responses end of unit test ( with mark scheme) and challenging Auxin experimental exam questions ( with mark scheme).
phototropism, geotropism, chemotropism, thigmotropism
experiments on Auxin,
plant hormones and cell signalling,
uses and actions of: Gibberellins, Cytokinins, Abscisic acid (ABA), Ethene,
The experimental evidence for the role of auxins in the control of apical dominance
The experimental evidence for the role of gibberellin in the control of stem elongation and seed germination
practical investigations into the effect of plant hormones on growth
A 17 mark exam question taking from Cambridge A-level biology specification on how increasing the concentration of GA affects seed germination. This also included relevant experimental questions, Including a 7 mark question on writing a method,
Animal and plant responses end of unit test
Check my animal responses unit bundle for all other 5.5 resources.
Here is a powerpoint presentatation and exam questions ( on 6.1 cellular control) suitable for OCR A-level biology A specification and most post-16 specifications.
mutations and their effects
Homeobox genes and apoptosis
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This resource bundle is 100% compatible with the new OCR Gateway science/ biology triple science A specification and other specifications with modifications.
All the lessons from B6.1 sub unit are on a powerpoint presentation, including exam questions.
Three 6 mark questions conservation and sustainability and one on indicator species are included, and lots of other exam/data questions are included!
B6.2 lessons are currently being planned- watch this space!
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All you need to teach Natural selection and Evolution for any specification!
Here you have power point presentations and exam questions, all relevant to the new A-level OCR biology specification!
Powerpoint presentations are very detailed, including topics such as variation, natural selection, adaptations, evidence for natural selection, and many example questions on natural selection!
Check the 4.2 Exam pack, it is packed with lots of relevant evolution questions ( with classification questions also), with mark schemes also!
These tests are suitable for OCR A biology specification and many others!
Every year I make new mock papers for Year 12 and 13 This helps me identify the students that need to be placed into intervention.
As we have two teachers per class, it is usually paper 1 and paper 2.
For year 12:
Paper 1 assesses them on: biological molecules, nucleic acids, cell division,diversitiy and cell differentiation (up to meiosis only) = 36 marks
Paper 2: assesses them on: cells, enzymes and biological memranes up to osmosis only. = 38 marks
Grade boundaries for individual papers and total papers %:
Paper 1:Modules 1-5
Paper 2: Modules 1-6
This resource bundle contains everything you need, and it is completely compatible with OCR biology A specfication. It is mostly compatible with other specifications with minor adjustments
The bundle comprises of:
All lesson powerpoints.
L1= Transport in animals - The need for transport system ( 6 mark question inclded)
L2= Blood vessels
L3= Exchange at the capillaries- involving the formation of tissue fluid and the lymphatic system
L4= Structure and function of the heart
L5 = Cardiac cycle - including pressure graphs, ( 6 mark question included)
L6= Coordination of the cardiac cycle ( role of SAN,AVN, including ECG graphs and calculations
L7= Transport of oxygen= Dissociation curves for heamoglobin ( including fetal)
L8= Transport of Carbon dioxide and Bohr shift
3.2 old exam question pack
Legacy exam question pack
New specification questions for every lesson
information collecting packs
End of unit test with markscheme
These lessons have been rated outstanding by both teachers and students!
ALL detailed, colourful, engaging biological membranes lesson for the OCR A-level biology A specification and many more specifications.
*lesson 1 includes:structure and function of the plasma membrane, including the components and the fluid mosaic model
lesson 2 includes: different transport mechanisms e.g. passive and active including: simple diffusion, facilitated diffusion, osmosis, active transport, endocytosis and exocytosis, factors increasing the rate of diffusion ( e.g. concentration gradient, surface area, diffusion distance, temperature, size and type of diffusing molecule).
Lesson 3: presentation on osmosis in animal and plant cells, including lots of skills based exam questions related to the PAG on osmosis in potato cells.
Lesson 4: looking at factors affecting membrane permeability and fluidity. focussing on experimental work e.g. beetroot colorimetry experiment, and experimental exam questions are included.
Resource bundle is complete with exam questions, Student-friendly colourful information-collecting packs and activities.
End of unit test included.
exam question packs include: cell membranes, transport across membranes, beetroot experiment, factors affecting rate of diffusion and osmosis, end of chapter questions, and end of chapter questions on the powerpoint presentation at the end of every lesson!
UPDATED with even more exam questions
Here you have lessons needed to teach the Cloning and biotechnology unit from the New OCR A A-level biology on!
Amazing price considering the amount of time invested!
This resource bundle consists of individual power point presentations, lots of relevant important exam questions taken from the previous specification and legacy specification - it will save you a lot of time looking for these !
The best thing about this bundle is, it contains a resource on the effect of calcium ions on milk coagulation. This includes a practical pack, including investigative skills/experimental questions, technicians sheet, and also challenging evaluative questions such as limitations and improvements.
Furthermore, it contains a really good evaluative pack on the experiment ‘estimating the number of microbes on the surface of peas’. Both of these experiments were used as controlled assessments in the old specifications - however, really relevant to module 1 skills- skills our students really struggle on!
UPDATE: I have added 3 more exam question packs on industrial fermenters and population growth, and an exam pack on 6.4 using exam builder.
This resource bundle contains all the lessons for the 2.4 Enzymes unit. It is completely compatible for the new OCR A-level biology A specification and other specifications with slight modifications.
This unit bundle contains all the powerpoint presentations for 9 lessons, including exam questions and activities for every lesson. Additionally there is a personal learning content summary sheet ( student-friendly checklist) and also an end of unit test. Additionally, this bundle contains those tricky, new-spec practical skills questions!
Lessons includes topics such as:
cofactors and coenzymes, enzyme action, activation energy, effects of Ph, temperature, substrate and enzyme concentration, inhibitors and metabolic inhibitors and poisons.
A fantastic A-level Biology resource pack, completely compatible with the new OCR A-level A biology specification, and the OCR endorsed text-book.
SEVEN carefully planned lessons on Manipulating genomes unit! it will really save you a lot of time planning for this unit!
This pack contains power point presentations for each lessons and challenging exam questions to help prepare students for their exams.
Exam questions are mainly from the legacy specification and previous specification- will save you hours, without the need to trail through all exam papers!
Compatible with the OCR A-level biology A specification and many more!
includes all lesson powerpoint presentations, all the relevant exam questions from the old and new spec and many more activities!
There are fantastic extended exam questions on cell cycle,mitosis and meiosis , comparison questions between meiosis and mitosis, research and cut-sort activities and end of topic exam questions!
This bundle also includes and end of unit test!
cell cycle and mitsosis
animal diversity e.g. specialised cells and tissues
plant diversity e.g. specialised cells and tissues
This bundle has EVERYTHING your A-level biology department needs to successfully implement the practical endorsement component of the A-level specification! I say everything- as everything in this bundle was highly recommended by an OCR official during a monitoring visit!
It consists of:
Student-friendly check lists for every PAG + additional ones we have made in order for the students to meet the skills
a summarised, student-friendly document of the OCR practical document showing the criteria used to assess biological drawings, graphs and table of results.
moderation activity sheets for staff to fill in
scanned examples of students work to use for moderation, to ensure staff are confident with assessing particular skills. Additionally, this allows departments to work collaboratively and collectively come to an agreement about how to assess the skills.
Staff questionairre of the flexi-tracker- this was a fantastic way for me to assess which areas students needed training on, I was able to see their confidence level at the start of the training session and at the end!
Analysis of questionairre document
Additional PAG activities for students to complete incase they have performed poorly on biological drawings, graph skills or research skills. Note- you will need to add these PAGS to the flexi-tracker and add/ update the skills.
NEW: Powerpoint presentation on PAG skills e.g. biological drawings, graphs etc.
Having had a scary OCR monitoring visit, we were highly advised to make PAG check lists for every PAG!
This has been a FANTASTIC way of documenting which skills students have met, and if not - why they did not meet a particular skill. It Also allows the monitoring visitor to see whether a student re-met the skill on a later date, therefore showing the examiner you are not freely giving away ‘mets’!
Not only has this allowed us to track student’s progress, but it allows students to clearly see which criteria they need to meet, and why they have not met it, thus allowing them to use formative feedback to improve their skills.
The checklists also has relevant maths skills, and a section where students can.
The moderation documents are essential and will help develop consistency in marking, for all biologists in a particular department. My staff were very pleased with the moderation activities, and honestly said how much it benefited them and improved their confidence in assessing the skills.
I truly hope this helps, it truly helped us as we were awarded with a pass for the practical endorsement- phewwww!
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