Resources - Secondary

3rd December 2010 at 00:00


- Making the connection

Make the Link is a climate-change project that aims to connect pupils across continents. It provides an online forum to discuss climate change, as well as lesson plans and teaching resources. For details, go to

- Citizenship in class

The Association for Citizenship Teaching has produced 25 professional development modules, ranging from curriculum design to engaging vulnerable pupils. For details, go to

- For the love of language

The National Association for the Teaching of English is holding a three-day conference on the evolution of the language. Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices includes workshops, seminars, talks and readings, and will take place at the British Library in London from February 25 to 27. Details from


What the lesson is about

This is part of a unit on Ghana that introduces the country and the concept of sustainable development. It is aimed at key stage 4 pupils.

Aims: pupils will

- know how Ghana compares with the UK;

- think about the lives of people living in other places and with different values and customs.

Getting started

Hand out maps and ask the pupils to look up Ghana. Prepare a fact file on Ghana and distribute this to the class. What do they already know about Ghana? Discuss any preconceptions they may have and any issues raised by the fact file. Show the pupils the Human Development Index for the UK and Ghana (available from the UN Development Programme, Ask the pupils to compare the two countries, beginning by looking at the criteria used to measure development. Discuss what the terms "developed" and "developing" mean.

Taking it further

Introduce the work of Plan UK, a development agency. What do the class understand by "development agency"? How could development be understood in different ways? Ask the pupils to consider the phrase "sustainable development". Get them to look at the examples of development on the activity sheet (available on the link below). Which do they consider to be sustainable and unsustainable and why? Discuss why sustainability is important. Can they think of examples of sustainable development from the school or local community?

Where to find it

The four-lesson unit, plus supporting resources, was uploaded by planuk and is at


What the lesson is about

This looks at metal carbonates and acid and is aimed at Year 9 chemistry pupils.

Aims: pupils will

- know that metal carbonates react with acids;

- understand how the products of the reaction are formed;

- be able to test for carbon dioxide.

Getting started

Introduce carbonates and ask the pupils for examples, such as copper carbonate and calcium carbonate. Explain that they are going to combine carbonates with acids. What do they think will happen and why? Ask them to devise possible word equations to describe the reaction they expect to see. Get the class to describe how they would test for carbon dioxide and what they would see. How could they tell that a chemical reaction had taken place? Ask them to carry out the practical exercise, combining carbonates with acids.

Taking it further

Ask the pupils to describe what happened. Did their tests reveal the presence of carbon dioxide? What salt did they make when they added copper carbonate to sulphuric acid? Get them to write a word equation to summarise the reaction. Tell the pupils to complete the following word equations: sulphuric acid + zinc carbonate = ?; hydrochloric acid + magnesium carbonate = ?; nitric acid + calcium carbonate = ?. Get them to construct symbol equations for the same reactions.

Where to find it

The complete lesson was uploaded by bidd1980 and can be found at


What the lesson is about

This introduces pupils to the idea of production and quality control and is aimed at key stage 4 manufacturing and business studies pupils.

Aims: pupils will

- know how a production department works and make decisions around a production simulation;

- know what value added is;

- understand why businesses have to add value to their products and why quality is important.

Getting started

Split the class into groups of three or four. Explain that each group has the task of making a perfect paper plane. Show the groups the different production packages on offer (available on the link below) and explain that each package costs #163;50. The teams will have to decide which package to buy and then make as many planes as they can in a certain time. Planes will be judged on quality and flight and unsatisfactory models will have to be scrapped. Show the groups the selling price of different types of planes (from the link below).

Taking it further

Test the quality of the planes, discarding any that do not fly. Get the groups to calculate the added value by working out the price of their saleable planes and taking away the production costs. Ask the class to discuss in groups why they think quality is important and why companies have to add value to their products. Get each group to present their views to the class.

Where to find it

The lesson, plus supporting resources, was uploaded by MarcusIsherwood and can be found at

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