Settling your science classes into the new year

Nicola Davison
24th August 2018
Curious boy investigating test tube at the start of term

Introductory lessons and planning staples to help ease you and your classes back into the school routine

For students and teachers alike, the first week back after the summer holidays can be a bit of a shock to the system. To help make the transition as smooth as possible, we’ve pulled together some of the top lesson ideas to help introduce Science to your new Year 7s, as well as some general skills-based resources to get older learners back into the swing of things.

Starting secondary science

Help your Year 7 students get a good understanding of the basics with this clear scheme of work and ensure new students know how to stay out of harm’s way in the lab environment with this lab safety pack, including task cards and a workbook. Or, incorporate this learning as part of a wider introduction to the features of a successful scientific investigation with this detailed, step-by-step booklet. You can make sure pupils have got to grips with key investigation skills using this passport-style tracker.

Introducing science year 7

A scheme of work to introduce science to year 7. I have created a booklet that goes with this which is mainly taken from exploring science which has not been included. The 11 powerpoints with these have also been added

By raj.nandhra

Starting Science Booklet

Covers the first 6 lessons with year 7. Contains lab safety, scientific equipment and measuring, the Bunsen burner and an ISA style investigation on salt and water boiling.

By Whizbit

Year 7 Science Investigation Skills Passport

Used with my high ability year 7 class.

Glued the passport into the front of their books, and added their 'passport photo' in which they drew themselves as scientists.

Investigation skills linked heavily to the KS3 National Curriculum.

Following a practical students write the data in the table heading, and tick off the skills they have developed/demonstrated. Could enhance this with a red amber green system to show the progress they are making towards a skill.

When writing up a practical I encourage them to finish with a reflection in which they link back to these skills. I found previously they struggled to describe skills so this gives them a prompt.

Aim to demonstrate each skill through a range of different practicals across the year, such that by then end they may hope to achieve 'expert' status. I produced this to link to the idea of the new A-level CPAC criteria and the idea of demonstrating mastery of practical techniques.

With each new book they may receive a new passport.
By Ayalalucy

Skills-based resources

Engage students from the moment they walk into the classroom with these editable starter ideas. Then why not recap and revise investigation basics, such as variables and reliability and results analysis and evaluation, with these well-structured lesson presentations?

Take the time to demonstrate how to answer those tricky six-mark GCSE exam questions by using the boxing-up technique featured in this complete lesson.

Science Starter Ideas

Collection of Science starters.
By MFBurns1

Variables and Reliability PowerPoint Lesson

This is a PowerPoint lesson activity that covers the explanation of variables (dependent, independent), the idea of a control in a scientific experiment and the concept of reliability. The lesson is organised into information slides followed by an exercise. This is a good resource to use as an introduction to scientific method or as a revision tool going into an assessment. I hope that you find the resource useful and are able to leave feedback if you use it.
By dazayling

Tables, Graphs, Analysis and Evaluation

This is originally a file from another contributor, but I've added a few bits to it so I can use it for an introduction to Science lesson at KS3. There are examples for Biology and Physics and it should be usable for both KS3 and 4.
By sjc22

Science Six Mark Question Practice

'Boxing up' technique I learned. Effective way of breaking down 6 mark questions in science exams to get high marks. Display posters in room to refer to. Brief lesson plan and ppt, ready-to-go lesson.
By susiejay

Challenges and homework

If you need a quick challenge to give to your pupils, these unique extension activities can be made into an interactive wall display. Alternatively, use this detailed grid with various tasks to stretch your students’ thinking in class or as part of their homework.

For after school, these homework projects are ideal for consolidating your pupils’ understanding of the key learning points in a variety of units. Looking to differentiate homework? Check out these easy-to-use worksheets with three different approaches to engage all learners.

Challenge Wall

When students have completed a task they can take challenge card. Some are quick, some take longer and there are different difficulties. I reward my students with raffle tickets for completion that go into a monthly draw.
By merlycat

The Key Stage Three Science Stretch and Challenge Grid

The KS3 Science Stretch and Challenge Grid is one of the easiest ways to stretch and challenge the thinking of your students.

The resource combines three separate grids. The first contains 25 subject-specific questions and tasks mapped to the curriculum. The second contains 25 challenging tasks applicable to any area of the curriculum. The third is blank, ready to edit.

Simply print off one of the grids and give copies to your most-able students. You can then challenge them to complete tasks and questions during lessons or as part of their homework. Students can keep track by crossing off challenges as they complete them.

The resource also comes with a set of badges students can collect and tick off as they finish each task or question.

With the KS3 Science Stretch and Challenge Grid you will be stretching and challenging the thinking of your students every time you teach, saving time along the way!
By mikegershon

Project homeworks Year 7 Science

home work projects that can be set per week. Also gives excellent display work when they are handed in.
By karenlewis76

KS3 Science Literacy Homework Differentiated EAL SEN

27 Differentiated worksheets, designed for EAL, SEN, and English Speaking students, for each of the following KS3 science topics:

States of Matter
Food and Energy
Acids and Alkalis
Circulation and Respiration

Can be used for homework, consolidation, cementing keywords, revision, starters, plenaries

Please leave feedback
By Martin Blake

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