Science - How to get a good reaction

23rd September 2011 at 01:00

What is it?

This Teachers TV video collection includes all kinds of secondary science ideas for chemistry and physics. Teachers demonstrate and discuss their most inspirational lessons for KS3 (S1-3). Covering a variety of topics, they give tips and advice for delivering the lessons.

Getting started

There are lots of materials here for physics. In Physics - Radiation Officer, Year 10 pupils (S3) receive a visit from the officer, who helps them get to grips with their coursework on smoke alarms. In Physics - The Cartesian Diver, the classic cartesian diver experiment gets re-worked as a magic trick, as a class of Year 7s (P7) explore pressure and density. And in Physics - Kung Fu Physics, using the context of martial arts, Year 9 (S2) pupils investigate energy and forces to see if, theoretically, they could break a piece of wood with a karate punch.

For chemistry, there is a video on Chemistry - Thermit Reaction, where Year 9 (S2) pupils investigate the reactivity series by carrying out a safe version of it. In Chemistry - Conservation of Mass, Year 7s (P7s) explore the principle through three short experiments, and in Chemistry - Indicators, they investigate colour change and indicators.

Taking it further

A video called Learning Outside the Classroom: Secondary Science shows three trips, one to Goonhilly Earth Station, another to the National Space Centre and a third to the Field Studies Centre at Dale Fort, and inspires secondary scientists out of class for a study day.

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