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Welcome to my shop!! I have taught in an inner London school for 6 years and been Head of Department for the last 3. I not only produce science specific resources but also cross-curricular projects and science literacy resources. I hope you find something useful and your students enjoy the activities!

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Welcome to my shop!! I have taught in an inner London school for 6 years and been Head of Department for the last 3. I not only produce science specific resources but also cross-curricular projects and science literacy resources. I hope you find something useful and your students enjoy the activities!
Homeostasis and response - anagram codeword
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Homeostasis and response - anagram codeword

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A puzzle starter/ plenary for homeostasis and response - Unscramble the anagrams and write the key term in the boxes. Copy the letters in the numbered boxes into the boxes below with the same number. Homeostasis and response Problem solving Scientific literacy
Nature Binoculars - exploring nature
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Nature Binoculars - exploring nature

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An activity for teachers and parents that can be carried out at school, at home or as homework for all key stages. The activity includes suggested activities, some examples of use and printable binoculars to print and use or just for inspiration. I have provided a Power Point of images taken through my homemade binoculars to provoke inspiration and as in introduction to the idea. It also allows the activity to continue on a rainy day. Have fun investigating your local area/school/garden and spend time to appreciate everything around you. Can be used across a broad selection of topics and tailored to your needs or just as a bit of fun. Curriculum areas: Biology Natural World Senses Descriptive writing Creative writing Drawing Observation skills HSW (How Science Works) Living organisms Plants Water cycle Solids, liquids and gases Geography Home schooling Virtual learning Independent learning and many many more
Factors that affect the rate of reaction - Outdoor/active learning
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Factors that affect the rate of reaction - Outdoor/active learning

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Once you have taught the factors that affect the rate of reaction this is a fun way to embed the knowledge whilst also having a bit of fun. You could also teach it as an introduction to the topic, allowing students to learn from the demonstration as opposed to applying existing knowledge to the demo. Contains plans for both student led and teacher led as well as differentiation ideas Great opportunity to get students out of the classroom and active Equipment required Some outdoor space/ ask to borrow the school gym At least 15 balls (ideally basket balls, footballs or volleyballs) Your students Content covered • How temperature affects the rate of reaction • How pressure affects the rate of reaction • How concentration affects the rate of reaction • How a catalyst affects the rate of reaction Also allows students to visualise particles and gain a greater understanding of what happens when these factors change in terms of reaction particles Suitable for KS3, KS4 and KS5 as they all cover rates of reaction Activity can take 30 minutes to an hour depending on how you run it and whether you discuss the extensions
Energy transfer investigation methods - HSW
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Energy transfer investigation methods - HSW

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A selection of activities to investigate energy transfer including a fun activity making ice cream. All can be done in a classroom with only basic equipment so can be done by all ages. The investigations can we done as a quick activity as part of a longer lesson or they can be extended by asking students to use them as inspiration to design their own investigations which will support ISA preparation for the new GCSEs. Data collected can also be used for data interpretation activities, again to support the mathematical elements of the new GCSE curriculum. Activity titles: Insulation Hot or Cold Drinks Cooler Make ice cream in a plastic bag Ideas for use: Primary school - to introduce students to scientific experiments and get them thinking about how energy is transferred Secondary school - Fun KS3 experiments to engage students at the start of a topic or during HSW for GCSE activities. Whole school - Can be used as part of an enrichment week, students can design experiments and expand on the ones provided Home school - Can be conducted in the kitchen (with supervision)
Literacy in science activities KS3/GCSE
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Literacy in science activities KS3/GCSE

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A selection of activities to support students literacy and increase their engagement in science. To be used in class, as homework or during tutor time for enrichment. the resources will help build a better understanding of science in the media and how the language of science was developed. This will support learners throughout their science career beyond A level
Germs and food hygiene - microorganisms, pathogens, contamination, debates and much more
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Germs and food hygiene - microorganisms, pathogens, contamination, debates and much more

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At least a double lesson worth of content and activities to discuss food hygiene. It can be used in various subjects: SCIENCE (Biology) to link to microorganisms, pathogens and disease (including Semmelweis) FOOD TECH to discuss the importance of handling food correctly and avoiding contamination TUTOR TIME/PSHE to discuss cleanliness Most activities are quick and require minimal preparation (details of milk practical are included in word file) The debate can be spread over to another lesson allowing you to set preparation for homework Extension activities are mentioned in notes sections as are links to further information about topics should you wish to cover a topic in more detail
Making sherbet, kitchen chemistry - fun activity with scientific explanation for reaction
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Making sherbet, kitchen chemistry - fun activity with scientific explanation for reaction

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A method for making sherbet in the classroom There is opportunity for design and creativity to design packaging and a name for their sherbet which could be used as a cross curricular opportunity with the DT/Art department or as part of your schools STEM development. I have included a small section of food hygiene but please ensure all equipment is clean (I borrow equipment from the food tech department) A bit of fun but also a link to Chemistry in real life and encourages students to think about the reactions happening around them. Can be used for all ages
Classroom expectations activity
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Classroom expectations activity

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To be used at the start of the year or whenever you feel your class need a reminder about how to behave in your classroom. The resource provides some ideas on classroom rules but essentially encourages the students to come up with their own rules with you in order to share the responsibility. I use it when I start working with a new class, at the start of each term and refer back to it at any point I feel the students need reminding. Keeping a uniform Power Point keeps consistency.
Cells, batteries and FUEL CELLS - whole lesson plus example exam questions
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Cells, batteries and FUEL CELLS - whole lesson plus example exam questions

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A lesson (double) covering all content for GCSE combined/Chemistry for cells, batteries and fuel cells 3 exam questions to use as assessment, some recommended as part of the lesson plan, others for extension Power Point is easy to follow with student tasks throughout to make lesson interactive (most answers given as part of presentation) Based on AQA but transferable across other specifications
Centre of mass/gravity lesson with multiple activities
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Centre of mass/gravity lesson with multiple activities

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A double lesson covering centre of mass with lots of fun interactive activities and a more detailed investigation. Group activities, individual challenges, class investigation and application opportunities There are so many ways to investigate centre of mass, this resource puts some of these ideas in one place and provides instruction and worksheets to support lesson Additional resources are needed and some preparation time will be required for some activities, however feel free to leave these out as others are more straight forward
Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, Halloween SCIENCE based activities
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Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, Halloween SCIENCE based activities

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We all love celebrating Halloween but we don't often know why Halloween is celebrated. These resources cover some of he historical aspects of Halloween and El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The activities are linked to areas of various science curricula but is on the whole a cross-curricular resource for use around October 31st/November 1st. Suitable for all ages as you can select appropriate activities for your age group The topics covered include: The history of the Day of the Dead, Halloween and All Saints Day Ofrenda and the classical elements, earth, wind, fire and water Marigolds and their significance (plant dissection) The monarch butterfly and its significance (life cycle of a butterfly) The cyclical nature of agriculture (intensive farming, organic farming, hydroponics etc.) Each resource has multiple activities including basic discussion tasks and more detailed research based tasks. Where possible I have added ideas for alternative ways to carry out the activity in-case you wish to use it as a tutor time activity or whole lesson plan I hope this to be a multi-national resource as we all celebrate in different ways and our beliefs and traditions are all influenced by different historical events.
OCR A level  Chemistry Module 5 (year 2) resources including assessments
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OCR A level Chemistry Module 5 (year 2) resources including assessments

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A selection of PPs covering module 5 for the new specification (from 2015) Resources include short activities for in class or homework and 2 assessments to assess progress part way through and at the end. Each assessment also has a PLC style self-assessment form for students to keep in their notes and use to structure their revision. All topics covered including: Rates, equilibrium, pH, Enthalpy, Born-Haber, Entropy, Transition metals
Practical skills booklet to develop scientific methodology
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Practical skills booklet to develop scientific methodology

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The skills on the front page are linked to Doddle skills (https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/app/login) However please feel free to remove the codes to make them generic. I have aimed the booklet at year 9 however the activities are transferable across KS3 and KS4 The activities should support students through their science education and help them to get used to terminology they will need for the required practicals at GCSE and A level
Harry Potter Science Week plan, poster, schedule and resources
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Harry Potter Science Week plan, poster, schedule and resources

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Transform your Science department into Hogwarts for a week and have lessons full of wizarding fun and excitement whilst also extending students scientific understanding. Resources include: 1 - Poster - To advertise your week 2 - Vision and plan - An overview of how we organised our week with suggested activities and ways to involve all year groups 3 - Letter of acceptance - We gave one to each tutor group in preparation for the week and also printed loads out to come flying out of our homemade chimney (see photos) 4 - Schedule template - The schedule shows how we organised the weeks and also has the jobs for people to volunteer for in order to prepare resources and decorations for the week 5 - Instructions for elephants toothpaste (part of potions) 6 - Assignments - Print out double sided and hand out to students as part of a week long quiz, we put together certificates for students who completed each quiz and the aim was to complete all the quizzes by the end of the week and earn a certificate in each wizarding discipline (herbology, potions, transfiguration, charms and divination) - a good literacy activity to add tot he week 7 - Instructions for flame tests (part of potions) 8 - A selection of photos from our week for inspiration In addition our entire department dressed up as characters from the books for the whole week We had Harry Potter themed awards for budding scientists and for those who really stood out we organised a trip with the English department to The Harry Potter Experience to learn about the making of the films. All in all it is a great week and a lot of fun, plus everybody loves Harry Potter!
How useful is my library - an activity to allow students to get to know their school/public library
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How useful is my library - an activity to allow students to get to know their school/public library

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Can be used at the start of the year as a lesson in the library or as a homework to encourage students and parents to use their local library. The activity is made up of a series of questions which the students can find the answers to all over the library or from the librarian. It should encourage them to explore the facilities available and allow them to feel confident using the library. The task is independent and students can keep the booklet once complete for reference Both files have the same content, the only difference is that the booklet should print as a booklet if you select double sided when printing.