Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
The resources in this list help students to explore the relationships between food molecules as a source of energy, cellular respiration and physical or cellular activity. Respiration is a difficult concept for students as it cannot be directly observed. However, by creating opportunities for students to collect and discuss a range of evidence they can determine a word equation for respiration and construct their own understanding of the process.
From 2014, students should learn about:
• aerobic and anaerobic respiration in living organisms, including the breakdown of organic molecules to enable all the other chemical processes necessary for life
• a word summary for aerobic respiration
• the process of anaerobic respiration in humans and micro-organisms, including fermentation, and a word summary for anaerobic respiration
• the differences between aerobic and anaerobic respiration in terms of the reactants, the products formed and the implications for the organism.
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