Starting points for secondary science planning

Lauren Tong
11th June 2019
Secondary, science, planning, resources, KS3, KS4, GCSE, Post-16, A-level, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12, Year 13

Prepare for the autumn term with these hand-picked schemes of work and introductory lesson ideas

Whilst summer is in sight, there's less than one term left to get ahead with your planning for the new academic year. So why not ease the usual end-of-term planning and start-of-year stress with this collection of top display packs and planning resources for biology, chemistry and physics? Whether you’re looking for complete schemes of work or ways to update your own tried-and-tested plans, these picks are guaranteed to help you to kick-start your preparations and provide some back-to-school inspiration.

Science display resources

Science stuff for classroom displays

Resources that can be used in Chemistry classroom displays including Mole, Periodic Table and ions.
By jemma.savillewood

Types of Science Display

This is resource that can be used to make an informative and quick display showing the names of a number of different science disclipines. These look particually effective when trimmed and backed onto different coloured card and displayed around the room. I hope that you find this resource useful and that you will leave feedback if you are able to use it.
By dazayling

'10 great reasons to become a scientist or engineer' - classroom display poster

This large, colourful display poster is aimed at encouraging Key Stage 2/3/4 students to consider the benefits of pursuing a career in science or engineering.

From curing diseases and discovering planets to developing clean energy sources and improving cyber security, students will see how their schools subjects (particularly maths, science and design and technology) can lead to well paid, meaningful jobs in exciting industries.

Teachers can order their printed copy of the poster - along with other Tomorrow's Engineers careers resources - free of charge from the website:
By EngineeringUK

Science Classroom Displays - Planning Investigations

A colourful and informative display on how to plan investigations.

Essential for KS3 and helpful for KS4.

This attractive display includes the following:
- Investigative keywords and definitions
- Common apparatus with pictures and names - this is suitable for not only display but also for making into small, A6 cards and putting on a ring to help students choose equipment for investigation.
- Up-to-date hazard symbols and meanings
- A labelled picture of a Bunsen Burner
- A walk-through of how to plan an investigation - what is needed in each section

This display has received many compliments and is found invaluable by my Year 7 and 8 groups.

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By Sophie Bradford

Biology resources

Lessons on the Lungs and Respiration

This is a pair of PowerPoint resources that can be used as part of the Respiration topic. They cover the equation for respiration and a detailed look at the gross structure of the lungs. The worksheet covers the content from the two lessons. I hope that you find the resource useful and will leave feedback if you are able to use it.
By dazayling

NEW AQA GCSE Trilogy (2016) Biology – Classification

This lesson is designed for the NEW AQA Trilogy Biology GCSE, particularly the 'Ecology' SoW.

For more lessons designed to meet specification points for the NEW AQA Trilogy specifications for Biology, Chemistry and Physics please see my shop:

This lesson begins with pupils being given a card sort of organisms, they will need to look at the pictures and try and decide how they would sort these organisms into groups, in other words how would they classify the organisms.

Pupils will then be introduced to Linnaeus’ classification system and how this now influences the way we classify organisms, as well as explaining how modern technology can help us to group organisms.
Pupils will then watch a video on classification, they will asked to think about, and write notes, on why classification is such an important process that scientists use.

Now pupils are being introduced to the order of the classification system, pupils will be shown the order and then pupils will need to come up with their own mnemonic to help them remember this order.

Pupils will then be introduced to the binomial naming system and the importance of this system, which they should be able to recount.

The next activity involves pupils walking around the room, reading posters and they will need to use this information to complete a worksheet answering questions about the different kingdoms of the classification system. Once this is complete pupils can self or peer assess their work using the answers provided within the PowerPoint presentation

Pupils will then complete an exam-style question on the topic of classification. This can then be self-assessed using the mark scheme provided.

The plenary is for pupils to complete an exit card to demonstrate what they have learnt during the lesson, this can be handed in at the end of the lesson to the teacher to check student understanding.

All resources are included at the end of the presentation. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments section and any feedback would be appreciated :)
By SWiftScience

KS3 Cells unit of work

Scheme of work with links to practical activities and differentiated tasks. Includes powerpoints to complement lessons.
By Scuttscience

7.3 Reproduction SoW

Scheme of work for year 7 Reproduction including resources, worksheets, end of unit test and mark scheme.
By mba06ht

Chemistry resources

Atomic Structure

Designed for new BTEC Principles of Applied Science. Powerpoint lesson structure. Added posters (sub atomic particle ppt) that are displayed around the room that allow students to fill in the tables provided in sub-atomic particles worksheet. Also includes a key words sheet linked to home learning task. Lesson main points: What is an atom made of? Atomic number and mass number. Includes assessment activities.
By KBuxey

KS3 Simple Chemical Reactions Practical Booklet

This resource is a booklet (or collection of worksheets) for the practical side of the KS3 Simple Chemical Reactions topic. The booklet was designed to aid students in learning the format of investigations and includes peer assessment and a final levelled teacher assessment.
By SVRoddam

CIE – AS Chemistry – Unit 3.1 ‘Energy 1’

This presentation is designed to support the teaching of Unit 3.1 ‘Energy 1’ for CIE AS Chemistry.

• Energy changes – exothermic and endothermic
• Bond energy calculations
• Standard enthalpy definitions
• ΔH = -mcΔT
• Hess’ Law
• Fuels and the environment
• Oxidation numbers
• Redox reactions
• Half equations
• Ionic equations

This presentation is 128 slides long, uses a mastery learning approach with spacing and interleaving across the course. Find the entire CIE course in a discounted bundle and save up to 40% at

It includes examples of starters, plenaries, built-in questions, tasks, suggested past paper questions, homework and extension activities.

In the notes section of every slide you will find additional information, advice, answers and a rationale/reminder linking the slide back to teaching and learning.

It is arranged and referenced for the scheme of work from Cambridge International Examinations AS and A Level (Chemistry 9701). It has a different order to the specification.

Please take the time to review this resource and stop by!
By ChemCatalyst

Transition metals scheme of work

A complete set of 6 Power Points and 8 worksheets (with answers) for the A-Level Chemistry topic Transition metals. The unit of work is set out into 6 lessons each with a Power Point and worksheet (on Electronic configuration, Defining transition metals, naming and colour, complex formation, ligand reactions and formation of precipitates in transition metal reactions._ Each lessons worksheet comes with answers. The unit of work has been uploaded as a zip file.

By polarity24

Physics resources

AQA Trilogy Physics Equations

For all pupils studying the AQA GCSE Science Trilogy (although would only take a small amount of adjustment to make it suitable for any of the new GCSE specifications.) It follows the Collins scheme in terms of units, but would only need a small amount of editting to make it suitable for any scheme.
Equations sheets to be stuck in books, showing the equations that need to be learned and the ones they will be given in the exam.
Equations display to make a large display of units (needing lots of cutting out!), and also smaller so that each 'large hexagon' can be printed onto A3, for less cutting out. I have then printed out each of those 'topic hexagons' onto A5 paper to give each pupil at the start of each topic so that they have all the equations that they need for that topic, plus the units, in their books.
By AKMorey

NEW AQA GCSE Physics (2016) - lessons for 'Energy' SoW

This bundle contains 11 lessons which meet all specification points within the new AQA Physics 'Energy' SoW.

Bundle includes the following lessons:

Energy stores
Conservation of Energy
Energy and Work
Energy and Power
Energy Dissipation & Efficiency
Gravitational Potential Energy
Kinetic Energy
Elastic Potential Energy
Specific Heat Capacity
Energy Resources

The lessons contain a mix of differentiated activities, progress checks, exam questions and more than one opportunity, per lesson, for self/peer red-pen assessment of tasks. A few of the lessons contain extra resources at the end of the PowerPoint presentations which could be used as homework material.
By SWiftScience

GCSE 9-1 AQA Physics 4.5 - Forces and Pressure (unit)

4 lessons covering the unit of Forces and Pressure for AQA GCSE Physics.

Lesson include:

  1. Pressure and Surfaces
  2. Pressure and Liquids
  3. Atmospheric Pressure
  4. Upthrust and Flotation

Please read individual resources descriptions for each item in the bundle for further detail.

By Nteach

A Level Physics Optics 4: Diffraction

This Resource is a lesson designed to continue the A Level Physics Topic of Optics, following on with this lesson on Diffraction. It contains:

  1. A Powerpoint to provide a general lesson structure and explanations
  2. A starter activity on the applications of lasers in the twin slit experiment
  3. An activity comparing the fringe patterns of single and double slit diffraction
  4. An activity featuring exam style questions on diffraction gratings and types of spectra

I hope you find these resources useful.

By clarkeswfc

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