Science - Invigorating investigations

27th January 2012 at 00:00

What the lesson is about

The Royal Society's Invigorate microsite spans a range of science topics divided by key stage and theme. From key stage 2 (upper-primary) topics on electricity, light and sound, forces, and investigating rocks, to complex KS5 (senior students) activities exploring quantum and particle physics, neuroscience and nanotechnology, the resources cover a great deal.

Easy to navigate and pupil-friendly, the microsite includes information for practical experiments, with links to worksheets for the class to use alongside investigations and assessment questions to hone the scientific skills of younger pupils.

The teachers' notes can be hidden so that pupils can use the pages for independent study, and the content is arranged as short bursts of information followed by an experiment for pupils to discover things for themselves.

The senior content is more thorough, toning down the bright colours of the others. It includes factsheets, videos, podcasts, reports and scientific diagrams, followed by related experiments or investigative tasks. There are teachers' instructions and links for further research. These are clearly structured to improve independent thinking.

Tasks for pupils include: creating sea ice (upper primary); a debate on whether robots should be allowed to take over human jobs if they are programmed to do so (early secondary); creating chemical photographs and redesigning the education system based on neuroscience research (upper secondary).

What else?

Improve science grades - see how Hodgson School did so on Teachers TV or use mad.scientist's feedback comments to motivate apathetic students.

Help students to understand why science is useful with Bsidhu's essay "Why study science?"

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