2x SOW + 1 overview created for the new OCR AS Chemistry syllabus, to assist with planning and save time!
1 SOW is written for 1 teacher teaching all modules (the whole year) - this has 2018-19 dates on
1 SOW is written for 2 teachers co-teaching. It shows ONLY the foundations and organic section (the other teacher would be teaching the physical topics)
1 overview is written for the first term (Sept-Dec) and shows allocation of topics for 2 teachers co-teaching the AS in 1 year.
Student worksheet including introduction, method, space for them to record results, structured calculations and error analysis.
Created for the new BTEC L3 spec, unit 19 Practical Chemical Analysis.
Can also be used for A Level Chemistry, HNC or other analytical science courses.
This PowerPoint aims to help assist teachers with delivery of the first assignment and/or help students structure their work and decide what to include. Checklists are included for each criteria, breaking the pass, merit and distinction down into small, clear tasks.
A PowerPoint lesson for Unit 4 assignment B preparation of an organic liquid. Includes lesson plan, helpful videos, pre-practical questions and starter activity worksheets (with teacher answers). I was observed in this lesson and obtained good feedback.
Includes a worksheet to assist with ideas and a starting point for research tasks/discussion around P4.
Other details: While students are refluxing for 30min, you could get them to look up literature values for the boiling point of the ester (so they know the temperature it should come out at during distillation) and research factors that affect purity and the effect that impurities will have on the boiling point. What are possible impurities and where may they come from etc.
If you have efficient, confident students, this full lesson with the 3 stage practical including activities will take 3 hours. If your students are less confident, I recommend 4 hours.
**note - **recommended videos included are from the RSC
written lesson plan is mine, however the template is from ‘teacher toolkit’ :)
A student-friendly checklist that is not overwhelming. This was created for Unit 6 Investigative Project Assignments A, B and C/D. These are preliminary checklists to get students started and on the right track.
Checklist for P, M and D criteria for assignment A and just P criteria for assignments B and C/D.
I have also made 2 short summary videos which may be helpful for students or new teachers; one is an intro to what Unit 6 is about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gVKhB_3jiM and the other is aimed at students and explains how to get started with the literature review in assignment A. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r-dWTxqI9M
Audit and action plan template also included, along with a suggested structure for the project proposal.
Attached is a full introductory lesson created for the new BTEC Unit 7: Contemporary Scientific Issues.
It is activity based, with instructions and answers, a recent case study to get students started, points for discussion, a video on the case study, explanation of terms ethical, environmental, social and economic along with reliability and validity. Gets students thinking about reliability of sources, bias, etc.
Homeworks during the first few months of teaching (and tutorial sessions, if you have these) could include watching documentaries on scientific issues to broaden student’s knowledge of contemporary issues in general. You may wish to select these yourself (from Netflix, Youtube etc.) or ask the students to find 1 each for homework and bring to next lesson (to minimise your workload!) then you can decide which to watch as a class and use as a point for discussion etc.
Link to video introducing Unit 7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMFkvxYIVfU
Sample results for practical-based assignments A, B and C for Unit 2 Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques.
Includes results for calibration of 3 pieces of equipment, 2x titrations (one using indicator, one using a pH probe) and colorimetry for assignment A.
For assignment B includes results for calibration of a glass and digital thermometer in hot and cold water and cooling of both stearic acid and paraffin wax.
supporting videos for assignments:
plotting and annotating pH curve: https://youtu.be/mgNhkUipZw0
Plotting and annotating colorimetry curve:
Writing chemical foon a computer:
plotting cooling curves: https://youtu.be/92zysOBqKP8
Finding and referencing a literature value:
Drawing a tangent to a curve:
Includes amino acid and plant chromatography for assignment C.
Note amino acid was paper chromatography and basil was used for the plant chromatography, which was thin layer chromatography.
Solvents used for chromatography were as follows: For the amino acid chromatography we used a mixture of solvents in the following ratio: butanol, water and ethanoic acid in 4:2:1, respectively.
For the plant chromatography we used a mixture of solvents again, in the following ratio: cyclohexane, acetone and petroleum ether in 5:3:2.
I created this lesson for the new unit 19 level 3 applied science, assignment B, spectroscopy. This lesson lasts about 1.5 hours including completion of activities and introduces the students to spectroscopy by recapping the electromagnetic spectrum (I have also included some points in the notes section of the powerpoint which you may wish to discuss).
The data sheet I used with my students was the OCR A A Level Chemistry one (just what was handy in the lab) and the PowerPoint refers to worksheet A which is part of their assignment. This can be found on the Pearson website, along with answers.
I have included a link to a video I created introducing IR spectroscopy, aimed at students :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxYTIuKYbvc
Attached is a full lesson 5 page worksheet containing a detailed step-by-step method (including how to use the UV-vis), introduction including theory on Beer’s Law, space for students to tabulate and record their results, questions around the topic, answers and sample results. There are a couple of photographs (taken by me when I was trialling this) to help students visualise how things should look when they are carrying out the method.
This can take around 1 hour - 2.5 hour lesson depending on equipment availability and how you wish to deliver it. :-)
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student worksheet with space to include results, readings and observations for each of the 3 stages, clearly labelled.
3 stage method, teacher and technician notes
structured calculations and answers.
Schemes of work written for OCR A Chemistry
Dates range from 2016-18 but can be easily changed.
1 SOW is for 1 teacher teaching the whole A2 (all modules)
1 SOW is for physical only (minus electrochem) which is for 1 teacher teaching 2 hours a week (co-taught)
1 SOW is for mixed modules for 1 teacher teaching 1 hour a week (co-taught)
This contains a (relatively!) exciting PowerPoint lesson around what can be a boring and tedious topic - risk assessments and safety. It includes case studies and scandal, what can happen when we are not aware of the risks involved. This is suitable for any science course at any level
I have also included a very short lesson on authority and accountability i.e. academic fraud, this is also suitable for any course at any level. It was initially created for the old BTEC level 3 applied science, but is not specific to this :)
Attached are step-by-step calculations with equations, ratios, units etc which were created for the new unit 19 in the level 3 applied science course (new from 2016). The calculations are for the determination of bicarbonate in bottled water, the amount of copper in brass and the amount of iron in iron tablets.
There are 3 stages to the bottled water practical, the end answer states the concentration of bicarbonate in water (tap water was used to save money!) in moles per decimetre cubed.
Designed for Unit 2 Practical Scientific Procedures & Techiques L3 Applied Science.
Lesson activity for part of Assignment A teaching and completed ‘5 min lesson plan’
Credit to ‘teacher toolkit’ for the format of the lesson plan.
Sample results for PAG 10.3 attached in Excel file
Help video explaining how to do the analysis and extension question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S--lbg9DQ6s&list=PLaD6fcqFKTWju1PsWNzEjMXZ3bCJ32ikf&index=20
More detailed explanation of how to create an Arrhenius plot to find Ea and A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iezcuG47qsw&list=PLaD6fcqFKTWju1PsWNzEjMXZ3bCJ32ikf&index=21&t=3s
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Some pointers and ideas to help you devise a method and practical for the new unit 19 applied science unit.
This practical is one of the 4 options for assignment B. I know that the use of IR for quantitative analysis is uncommon, but it can be done.
Find attached a journal article of a similar experiment and a short outline of a method (word doc). Journal is obviously not my own work, I have just uploaded these to help centres devise their own methods for this assignment.
I hope this is helpful for you.
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This is a booklet I’ve put together for anyone interested in doing a little ‘at home virtual yoga retreat’! You can do it alone, with your children or partner, it’s up to you.
if you are new to yoga and/or meditation, you can check out my other resource ‘Yoga, meditation and other stress management techniques’ which may be good to start with
I have included online guided yoga and meditation videos for each day (with a range of instructors, so you may find someone new you wish to subscribe to or in case you prefer some styles of teaching over others!). I have also given each day a theme and included some journalling prompts. Please let me know what you think in a review :)
I will be updating the booklet as I continue adding to it, but wanted to get it uploaded asap for anyone looking for ideas of things they can do at home. Let’s try and make the most of this time :)
PS - I’ve also included a yoga/meditation calendar for May which is from ‘YogaWithAdriene’ (not made by me) x