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Microscopy for GCSE Biology

Curriculum Support

On Demand

20 mins

£1.50

Host: Jamie Johnson - BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE. Jamie is a Science teacher who is passionate about breaking down complex topics into digestible bites for students. 

Microscopy is a useful tool for biologists to study the structure of cells and some of their features. It is a required practical in GCSE biology that all students prepare specimen samples and view them under a microscope.

This lesson introduces the techniques used;
1. to prepare a microscope slide, and mistakes to watch out for,
2. to use a microscope to get the best image from a specimen slide, and
3. how to calculate the magnification of samples, image size and specimen sizes.

Safeguarding reminder:  We know that the safety of your child is of the utmost important. This is why we use Zoom's Webinar feature to provide our live classes, where by default, your child's webcam and microphone are disabled. 

Key takeaways:

  • Describe how to prepare a microscope slide, and mistakes to watch out for
  • Explain how to use a microscope to get the best image from a slide
  • Calculate the magnification of a slide, and calculate sample sizes from
    measurements under a microscope

Suitable for:

This class is suitable for all ages, especially for students looking to revise a key concept in
science in Years 10 and 11.

Class requirements

A calculator, pen and paper to make notes may be required for this class.

What to expect

  • This class will take place online via a Zoom webinar
  • This class was pre-recorded and is now available to view on demand
  • You'll now be taken to a Stripe payment page. 
  • After payment, you will immediately be taken to a new window to watch the recorded class.

 

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