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A Leaf in Time - a Popular Introduction to Photosynthesis

This ebook aimed at upper primary, will also be of interest and value to older pupils. Using photosynthesis as a link it looks at a range of topics including: the diversity of plants, plant and animal cells, respiration and photosynthesis, climate change, greenhouse effect, and energy conservation.


A propagator for small plants or seedlings

In this activity students make a simple plant propagator and grow plants from seeds.

This collection of resources from SAPS is designed to support the use of practicals across various A-level biology 2015 specifications for England (OCR, AQA, Edexcel and Eduqas).

The resources include:

  • Tested materials to support the A-level practical endorsement in England (CPAC)
  • ...

A-level set practicals: dissection and microscopy of a plant stem

This experiment provides a quick and eye-catching way to teach about the vascular tissue in plants and the structure of plant stems. It provides students with the opportunity to develop (and demonstrate) their scientific drawing skills as well as their use of a light microscope and eye-piece graticule.


A-level set practicals: factors affecting rates of photosynthesis

This updated version of the SAPS algal balls resource is designed to support the use of practicals across 2015 A-level biology specifications.

Students measure the rate of photosynthesis in comparison to the rate of respiration. Because of this, it is possible to determine the light intensity at which the...

A-level set practicals: TLC of plant photosynthetic pigments

This resource, from SAPS, supports the use of practicals across 2015 A-level biology specifications.


A-level set practicals: using a potometer

This resource from SAPS supports the use of practicals across 2015 A level biology specifications.


Adaptation, Natural Selection and Winged Fruits

In this activity from Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS), students investigate the role of natural selection in evolution by considering the extent to which the winged fruits from a tree are adapted for successful dispersal.

This practical approach to studying natural selection and competition...

Algal Balls - Photosynthesis Using Algae Wrapped in Jelly Balls

This reliable practical allows students to use algae to look at the rate of photosynthesis with quantifiable and replicable results. In this protocol, the green alga Scenedesmus quadricauda is immobilised in alginate beads. Changes in the colour of hydrogen carbonate indicator solution (also called...

Antifungals: Inhibition of Fungal Growth

Produced by Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS), this resource encourages students to investigate the effects of various antifungal treatments on the growth of yeast.



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