Top secondary science schemes of work

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27th August 2019
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Popular units of work to inspire and help ease planning for the new term in biology, chemistry and physics

As the start of the new academic year is approaching, start as you mean to go on and get on top of your planning with these well reviewed Science schemes of work for each of the sciences. So whether your students are at KS3, KS4 or KS5, studying for IB or GCSE, we have gathered resources to suit every curriculum that will be sure to keep your pupils are motivated from the start of term.


KS3 Physics - Electricity Resource Pack, Ciruits, Current, Voltage, Electric Components

**This resource has been recommended by the TES Resource Team**

Get your learners thinking about electricity and electric circuits. My most popular resource includes:

• A lucid and logical 69-slide PowerPoint which includes many visual aids. The slides are thoughtfully animated (not over-animated) to allow opportunities for learners to participate and promote class discussions.

• Seven pages of interactive notes (scaffolded notes). These notes fit perfectly with the presentation. I find this activity keeps lower-level students engaged during the lessons while allowing differentiation for higher achievers.

• A crossword (with answers), some homework questions and a quiz.

**Just print and go! Or customize to fit the needs of your class.**

Learning objectives covered in this resources are listed below.

• By the end of these lessons, pupils should know:

1. that electricity is a form of energy.

2. that current electricity can be produced from cells, batteries or the mains

3. that there are a range of appliances in the home, which use electricity.

4. that we can represent components by symbols.

5. that current electricity flows in conductors but not in insulators.

6. that a complete path is needed from one side of the battery to the other for electricity to flow.

7. how a switch works.

8. that there are two types of circuit, series and parallel.

9. that current is measured in Amps.

10. that current is measured using an ammeter.

11. how to connect and use an ammeter.

12. that in a series circuit, the current is the same all the way round the circuit.

13. that in a parallel circuit, the current is shared but not lost or used up.

14. that the current in a series circuit depends upon the number and type of components used.

15. that a battery is a store of electrical energy.

16. that voltage is a measure of the amount of energy or push given to the current.

17. that more cells in series equals more voltage.

18. that the effect of voltage upon current and bulb brightness.

19. that an electric current causes a wire to become hot. .

20. that the bigger the current, the higher the temperature of the wire.

21. that if too much current flows, the wire will melt.

Hope you find it useful. Your feedback is much appreciated.

By sciencecorner

7E Acids and Alkalis unit for SEN

Contains outline lesson plan, powerpoints, pupil booklet and associated documents. Aimed at low levels (2-4max) so simple language and lots of images!
By alexharrison101

NEW 2018 AQA GCSE Biology Cells 4.1.1 Cells Scheme of Work SoW

Scheme of Work for the new AQA GCSE focusing on the following:
• All, Most, Some learning objectives
• Lesson structure ideas (differentiated)
• Maths skills
• Apparatus techniques
• Keywords
• Creative homework ideas

Document is colour coded for literacy based tasks and proof of progress tasks.

Please ask if there are any questions about the lesson structure, as I have completed all of these lessons.
By paigemcdonagh

NEW KS3 Year 7 Scheme of Work Particle Model

THANK YOU to all previous contributors whose worksheets I have used.
Why reinvent the wheel completely!
Hope it helps.
By Shilpa Kapur


GCSE 9-1 AQA Physics 4.1 - Energy and Energy Resources Unit (All lessons)

Resources for new GCSE AQA Physics 2016 specification.

Bundled lessons cover the Energy and energy resources content of the GCSE.

This includes:
- Changes in energy stores.
- Conservation of energy.
- Energy and work.
- Gravitational potential, kinetic and elastic potential energy.
- Energy and efficiency.
- Electrical appliances, Energy and Power.
- Energy transfer by conduction.
- Infrared radiation.
- Infrared radiation, surfaces and the Earth.
- Heating and insulation.
- Energy demands, Fossil fuels, Nuclear Power and Biofuels.
- Renewable Energy Resources.

For clear detail on aspects of each lesson please review each lesson bundled into the packaged to ensure it meets your requirements. I hope this gives you and your pupils a great start to the new Physics GCSE.

I do update each lesson in the bundle with new and varied content as I often revisit lessons to further improve them.

By Nteach

AQA GCSE C7 Energy Changes Sequence of Lessons and Scheme of Work for Trilogy Specification

This is a sequence of lessons that I use for teaching the topic C7 Energy Changes for the new AGA GCSE. This can be used to teach students following the Trilogy Specification. These lessons cover 5.5 Energy Changes and Required Practical 10 from the Chemistry Specification.

The lessons in the sequence of lessons are:
L1 Exothermic Reactions
L2 Endothermic Reactions
L3 Investigating Temperature Change - Required Practical
L4 Reaction Profiles
L5 Bond Calculations

Also included in the accompanying scheme of work. These lessons can also be downloaded separately from my store.
By ScienceTeacherXX

OCR 21st Century 2016 unit B1 - You and your Genes

This fully editable PowerPoint helps you teach the new OCR 21st Century 2016 B1 unit. It covers: plant and animal cells, bacteria cells, how genetic information is stored in the chromosomes, using microscopes, the relationship between genes, chromosomes and DNA, how variations can be genetic and/or environmental, DNA in more detail including the role of nucleotides, how cells make proteins, genetic mutations in DNA, the genetics of sex determination, definitions of key terms such as dominant, recessive, homozygous and heterozygous, how characteristics are inherited, monohybrid cross diagrams and punnet squares, the work of Mendel, the Human Genome Project, genetic testing and its ethical issues, how genetic engineering is done, advantages and disadvantages of genetic modification.

IGCSE Edexcel Biology (9-1) Topic 12: Human reproduction

IGCSE Edexcel Biology (9-1)

**Topic 12: Human reproduction **
Includes: Topic sheet (with specification points covered and key words), brief lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, relevant worksheets, PPHs (Past Paper Homeworks) with corresponding markscheme and MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) with answers for end-of-topic quiz.

I have split the entire course into the following 18 topics: (similar resources can be found for all topics)
Topic 1: The variety of living organisms
Topic 2: Cells and movement
Topic 3: Human nutrition
Topic 4: Plant nutrition
Topic 5: Breathing and respiration
Topic 6: Gas exchange in plants
Topic 7: Human transport (Circulatory system)
Topic 8: Plant transport
Topic 9: Homeostasis and excretion
Topic 10: Human coordination and response (Endocrine and Nervous system)
Topic 11: Plant coordination and response
Topic 12: Human reproduction
Topic 13: Plant reproduction
Topic 14: Inheritance
A) Genetics
B) Cell division
C) Variation, mutation and natural selection
Topic 15: Ecology
Topic 16: Human influences on the environment
Topic 17: Food production
Topic 18: Changing organisms

By sjbarlow


New Physics Alevel AQA 7407 Unit 4 Mechanics and Materials

I have started creating notes for my students on the new Alevel starting in September 2015. Please feel free to use. I know that these notes are particularly helpful for revision, flip teaching and for students who struggle to take notes in class. I will add all of the other units as I prepare them. I would love to have some feedback if you have a moment.
By Dr. Michele Cuthbert

New (2016) AQA Chemistry A Level: Part 3 - Bonding

A presentation to teach the bonding section of the new AQA chemistry A level.
Topics include:
Ionic bonding
Covalent bonding
Metallic bonding
Intermolecular forces - including hydrogen bonding.
Shapes of molecules and bond angles.
Properties of structures.

AQA A-level Biology (2016 specification). Section 5 Topic 13: Energy & ecosystems

Complete set of pre-work, PowerPoints, bespoke student class notes, any additional resources and marks schemes for (approximately) eight 1.5 hour lessons covering Year 2 topic no. 13: Energy & ecosystems.

These resources have taken several hours to develop and are offered here for a bargain, considering the amount of work that has gone into producing them.

In this bundle, the class notes, PowerPoints and all other resources are fully editable to suit your style of teaching. They make reference to, and may require students to access both the Toole & Toole and AQA A Level Biology Student Book 2 (Lowrie & Smith) for some independent study.

The pre-work contains links to websites and also requires students to complete a topic glossary (in the folder dividers), which are also available on TES, along with accompanying images. It is important students complete the pre-work prior to the lessons because they are then tested on their understanding of the pre-work throughout the beginning of the topic.

The topic overview sheet is for students to write up their notes after the topic has been taught and an exemplar topic overview has been included in this bundle.

If upon purchasing these resources, you need any support, I'll do my utmost to help.
By Andrew Oldfield

IB Biology Standard Level Scheme of Work

This is my IB Bio SoW I use for teaching my SL classes. It is pretty self explanatory and could be useful for new IB Bio teachers (I hope!). The resources I use are mostly from Stephen Taylor's definitive IB Biology website ( and Gretel von Bargen&'s excellent website ( They are a wonderful start for PPTs, workbooks and practicals for any new IB Bio teacher!
By Masfar

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