Settling your science classes into the new year

Ease your secondary science classes back into the school routine with these introductory resources and general skills-based lesson ideas

Tes Resources Team

Curious Secondary Science student 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

Year 7 Introduction to Science
GT_10

Year 7 Introduction to Science

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Five lesson Unit of Work (higher and foundation). Lab safety Basic practical skills Research task Homework Best placed at the start of September for Year 7 students.
Year 7 Science Investigation Skills Passport
Ayalalucy

Year 7 Science Investigation Skills Passport

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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 ...
Starting Science Booklet
Whizbit

Starting Science Booklet

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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.

Skills-based resources

Variables and Reliability PowerPoint Lesson
dazayling

Variables and Reliability PowerPoint Lesson

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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 int...
Tables, Graphs, Analysis and Evaluation
sjc22

Tables, Graphs, Analysis and Evaluation

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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.
Science Six Mark Question Practice
susiejay

Science Six Mark Question Practice

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'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.

Challenges and homework

The Key Stage Three Science Stretch and Challenge Grid
mikegershon

The Key Stage Three Science Stretch and Challenge Grid

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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...
KS3 Science homework
amcooke

KS3 Science homework

3 Resources
35 homework tasks for KS3. Each presentation has 3 slides. Slide 1 is the pupil sheet, slide 2 contains the mark scheme and slide 3 has suitable comments to use give a target on how to improve scientific knowledge. Taken by an OFSTED inspector to give to a school as an example of good practice ...
KS3 Science Literacy Homework Differentiated EAL SEN
Martin Blake

KS3 Science Literacy Homework Differentiated EAL SEN

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27 Differentiated worksheets, designed for EAL, SEN, and English Speaking students, for each of the following KS3 science topics: Cells States of Matter Electricity Sound Food and Energy Reproduction Rocks Acids and Alkalis Circulation and Respiration Recommendations: Can...