The 7A Cells unit is taught in year 7 of secondary schools and is normally one of the first taught units. I have outlined below what the students need to know. This unit teaches them the basic unit of life and how to use a microscope.
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Students need to know:
1. The parts of a microscope
2. How to use a microscope
3. How to prepare a onion slide and cheek cell slide
4. Structure of plant and animal cells
5. Structure of specialised cells
6. definitions of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems.
7. Examples of tissues and organs in both plants and animals
8. How cells divide.
9. How plants and animals reproduce