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Aaron's Science Academy

I have been teaching for 3 years and have entered the teaching community at a very difficult time. National average grades are down, enthusiasm and motivation for science is at its lowest with a majority of schools not identifying Science as a core subject. I have begun a journey therefore to create resources that alters common pedagogical approaches to teaching in order to raise passion for the subject in a long term effort of raising attainment within my school and nationally.

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I have been teaching for 3 years and have entered the teaching community at a very difficult time. National average grades are down, enthusiasm and motivation for science is at its lowest with a majority of schools not identifying Science as a core subject. I have begun a journey therefore to create resources that alters common pedagogical approaches to teaching in order to raise passion for the subject in a long term effort of raising attainment within my school and nationally.
Complete OCR Core Science Bundle

Complete OCR Core Science Bundle

This is an outstanding set of resources which draw on visually engaging slides full with informative content. This resource covers that content for both higher and lower tier for the core science module of B1, B2 , B3, C1, C2, C3, P1, P2, P3. Each presentation lasts 3-5 lessons. Each presentation includes the entire unit content broken down into its sub topics. Each sub topic contains level descriptors on what grade the content equates to, and these can be seen on every slide. B1 - You & Yours Genes: - Genes, Chromosomes and DNA - Genes and Variation - Inheritance and Genetic Diagrams - Genetic Diagrams and Sex Chromosomes - Genetic Disorders - Genetic Testing - Clones - Stem Cells B2 - Fit & Healthy - Microorganisms and Disease - Immune System - Vaccination - Circulatory System - Heart Disease - Homeostasis - Controlling Water Content - Water Balance B3 - Life on Earth - Animal Adaptation - Variation - Natural Selection - Evolution - Biodiversity and Classification - Interactions between Organisms - Energy in an Ecosystem - Carbon Cycle - Nitrogen Cycle - Sustainability - Measuring Environmental Change C1 - Air Quality: - Evolution of the Atmosphere - The Atmosphere Today - Chemical Reactions - Fossil Fuels - Air Pollution - Carbon - Air Pollution - Sulfur - Air Pollution - Nitrogen - Reducing Pollution C2 - Material Choices: - Natural and Synthetic Materials - Materials and Properties - Materials, Properties and Uses - Crude Oil - Uses of Crude Oil - Polymerisation - Structures and Properties of Polymers - Nanotechnology C3 - Chemicals in Our Lives: - Tectonic Plates - Minerals in the Earths Crust - Salt - Salt in the Food Industry - Electrolysis of Salt Solution - Chlorination - Alkalis - Impacts of Chemical Production - Life Cycle Assessment P1 - Earth and the Universe: - The Earth in the Universe - Beyond the Solar System - Looking into Space - The Life of the Universe - The Changing Earth - Wegener's Theory of Continental Drift - The Structure of the Earth - Seismic Waves - Waves P2 - Radiation and Life - Electromagnetic Radiation - EM Radiation and Energy - Ionisation - Some Uses of EM Radiation - EM Radiation and the Atmosphere - The Carbon Cycle - Global Warming and Climate Change - EM Waves and Communication - Analogue and Digital Signals P3 - Sustainable Energy: - Electrical Energy - Sankey Diagrams - Saving Energy - Energy Sources and Power Stations - Nuclear Energy - Wind and Solar Energy - Wave and Tidal Energy - Biofuels, Geothermal and Hydroelectricity - Comparison of Energy Resources - Generators and the National Grid
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Transpiration

Transpiration

This is an outstanding resource created from the Edexcel International GCSE 2009 in Science (Double Award) (4SC0) and Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in Science (KSC0). This resource draws in visual presentation slides whilst maintaining its informational content. An observation of the lesson from the University of Hertfordshire deemed this lesson as outstanding. The hook/starter draws upon the pupils inquisitiveness to learn by showing them an image of wet cloths hanging on a washing line. Pupils are asked to discuss under what conditions would these clothes dry quicker than normal. The level descriptors/outcomes will then be discussed with the class which they can refer back to through out the period of the lesson to monitor their own progress. This lesson is hands on immediately as pupils should be able to prepare a stick of celery (with leaves) and rest this in a beak of blue dye. This can be placed at the side of the lab to return to later. Secondly, the pupils will then prepare a section of plant which includes a root system as well as leaves (spider plant) and place this in a boiling tube. The roots will be covered with water and then a small layer of oil should be placed on top of this. Therefore the only pathway for the water is through the plant. These plants will be placed in 4 conditions: in direct sunlight, the shade, under a heat lamp, and in front of a fan. Pupils are then handed the attached worksheet which has been adapted from an a-level resource. The presentation and the handout go hand in hand. The sections of the worksheet are number 1 to 12. These sections tell the story of transpiration through many different mini-activities, mini-plenary's, practice exam questions, practicals and demonstrations. The sections focus on the root system including root hair cells, the function and structure of the xylem, the structure and function of the leaves, concluding with the factors that effect transpiration. The lesson is concluded by collecting in the data from the plants in the 4 different conditions. Plants should have bee weighed on a balance before, and the after the period of time. A noticeable difference in mass should be detectable between different conditions.
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Complete 21st Century Science OCR P1 - The Life in the Universe

Complete 21st Century Science OCR P1 - The Life in the Universe

A full PowerPoint on P3 - the life in the universe. Perfect for revision sessions. PowerPoint contains leveled outcomes based on each sub topic within this unit. I am currently using this power-point with my year 11s. The differentiated leveled outcomes allow each individual student to target and challenge themselves consistently throughout.
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Enzyme Annotation Worksheet

Enzyme Annotation Worksheet

This fantastic worksheet focuses on the enzyme-substrate complex. Containing illustrations of the stages involved it is the pupils task to complete the annotations of this diagram by filling in the missing gaps.
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Magnification Workbook

Magnification Workbook

This excellent resource covers SI units of measurements, magnification, resolution, and calculating magnification from images. Questions have been taken from a range of papers and questions reworded. Pupils are to work through the booklet from the start for a thorough understanding of this topic. the attached power point contains the answers. All answers are illustrated and explained clearly.
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The Effect of Temperature & pH on Enzymes

The Effect of Temperature & pH on Enzymes

This outstanding resource covers the topic enzymes and how they are affected by changes in their environment, specifically temperature and pH. This is a perfect consolidation worksheet used for revision or homework and even in class. It contains fill the gap activities as well as asks pupils to draw and interpret graphs. Illustrations included make this worksheet user friendly.
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Complete 7A: Cells Booklet & Answers

Complete 7A: Cells Booklet & Answers

This outstanding booklet was created by a team of biology experts who have been teaching for two decades. This booklet contains the content of the enitre cells unit whilst including practicals, in class activities, homework and plenaries. The booklet contains the following: - Title page including "what do you already know about cells?" - A section whereby pupils can write questions to their teacher - Cells SOW Overview and lesson breakdown - A key words and 'function' grid for pupils to fill out during the lessons - Lesson 1: What are cells? - Lesson 2: How can we visualise cells? - Lesson 3: How are cells organised? How is a body built? Homework Sheet: Organs - Lesson 4: Do all cells look and act the same? Homework Sheet: 3D model of a cell? - Lesson 5: Why are cells so important? What special jobs do they do? - Lesson 6: Can cells be replaced? - Cell Revision
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Cell Structures & Specilaised Cell Cross Words

Cell Structures & Specilaised Cell Cross Words

This fun resource gets pupils answering clues and questions to complete the cross words on the topics cell structures and specialised cells. Excellent activity to set as a homework task or consolidation task during lesson.
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Molecules & Enzymes Worksheet

Molecules & Enzymes Worksheet

This excellent resource is aimed at the higher achievers at GCSE and also can be used as an A-level recap sheet. Focusing on enzymes and molecules this worksheet consists of a fill the gap task covering the molecules carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and the enzymes used in these chemical reactions. An answer sheet is provided.
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Laboratory Safety Literacy Mat

Laboratory Safety Literacy Mat

This resource is created to implement the safety rules and regulations that should be applied in any science lab. It is formatted as a literacy mat so that pupils can have these in their work place to constantly and consistently remind them, reinforcing the correct way to do things.
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Experimental Write Up Literacy Mat

Experimental Write Up Literacy Mat

This resource is a literacy mat that is adapted to aid pupils in producing a well formatted, structured and detailed experimental write up following practicals or in preparation for a core practical. Clear and concise instructions, illustrations, hints, tips, and questions are included to consistently challange, stretch but assist pupils in their write up. Extension options are found on here for further oppotunities to improve experimental write up. The following sub-sections are covered: - Prediction - Equipment List - Risk Assessment - Method - Results Table - Graph - Results Analysis - Evaluation - Results This resource is perfect for all key stages and is effective in improving experimental writing skills.
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Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)

This resource is created from the new 2016 edexcel 5 year Sow focusing on the topic of DNA. The starter gets pupils to retain prior information on the topic of meiosis by summarising this process in 4-5 very short bullet points (consolidation of notes is good for remembering key information). The step by step image of meiosis is then displayed for pupils to check whether their bullet points matched the image. The presentation then goes on to describe where DNA can be found in both eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, and what this DNA carries (genetic information). The presentation then zooms and focuses in on the chromosomes in the nucleus, looking at the basic structures involved such as proteins and double helix. We then zoom in again on this chromosome and focus on the DNA that can be found inside these coiled strands. Bases, Sugars and phosphates are introduced here as the smallest structures of DNA and then the concept of complimentary pairs is focused on. Key words and highlighted throughout and all images of the cell all the way down to the DNA strand are consistent, accurate and user friendly. This resource provides 4 activities to do with the class. A practical whereby you extract the DNA from peas. Two origami templates where pupils can make their own double helix. Gummy bear practical whereby pupils can make a DNA double helix. DNA bracelet making. Level descriptors are shown throughout to consistently and constantly challenge pupils.
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Rates of Reaction

Rates of Reaction

This is an outstanding resource that is created based on the Edexcel International GCSE 2009 in Science (Double Award) (4SC0) and Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in Science (KSC0) and focuses of the topic of endothermic and exothermic reactions. The hook is aimed the challenge the mathematical aspects of science. Two shapes which have exactly the same volume are shown on the board however the surface area are different. Pupils are given side sizes and asked to determine whats the difference. The level descriptors are shown and discussed with the class. These will be displayed consistently throughout the lesson for pupils to refer back to as a gauge of their own progress. A recap of previous lessons (Acids and metals, solubility) is covered as this flows very nicely into the content of the lesson. Pupils asked to consider how all these chemical reactions take place. The idea of collisions is covered and a demonstration of burning paper puts this concept into perspective for pupils. Animations of these collisions are also provided in the presentation for further clarity. Activation energy is illustrated using real like examples. The 4 factors that need to be covered for effecting rate of reaction are broken down into a 4 phase practical activity. A table will be provided for pupils to fill out during the subsequent practicals. Phase 1: Concentration. Pupils are told how concentration effects rate of reaction. This is illustrated by a whole class kinaesthetic activity. A acid demonstration is also shown to show scientific perspective. Phase 2: Temperature. Pupils told how temperature effects rate of reaction. Pupils to oxidise magnesium over a Bunsen flame. Phase 3: Catalysts. Pupils told how the presence of catalysts effect rate of reaction. Pupils to create miniature versions of elephants toothpaste. Phase 4: Surface Area. Pupils told how surface area effects rate of reaction. Pupils to react different size marble chips with acid. Activity: Facts, reasons, models. Worksheet to describe the different ates of reaction. Plenary: Fill the gaps
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Elements, Mixtures & Compounds

Elements, Mixtures & Compounds

This lesson covers the fundamentals behind what makes an element, compound and a mixture. The presentation opens with a visual starter activity where they are shown a diagram of a mixture, element and a compound and have to determine which one is which. This will establish prior knowledge. The presentation then goes on to build upon this knowledge by carefully breaking down the differences and similarities between elements, mixtures and compounds is a very visual but yet informational way. The activity based in the presentation mainly focuses on the knowledge and information you have just delivered where the pupils will have to draw a table and fill out the information on the three different focus areas. For those struggling with this there is an easy to follow guidance worksheet attached which further breaks down this. Towards the end of the power point there are other activities for those who are excelling. Level descriptors are displayed throughout to consistently and constantly challenge pupils.
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Reacting Metals, Metal Oxides & Metal Carbonates with Acid

Reacting Metals, Metal Oxides & Metal Carbonates with Acid

This resource is created from the Edexcel International GCSE 2009 in Science (Double Award) (4SC0) and Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in Science (KSC0) and covers the topic of 'testing for ions'. The simplicity of this resource is what makes this complex so easy to follow and comprehend by the pupils. The starter activity gets pupils thinking about the properties of gases, if they are invisible, how do we know they are present? The presentation then goes onto identify the 3 types of metal compounds you can react with acid. Then leading onto explain the products of these three reactions, breaking it down to the key principle that you only have to be able to name the salt formed, the other products are given to you. The subsequent slides the run through some worked examples, including symbol equations for those exceeding. This is an interactive part of the lesson whereby pupils can get up and solve the equation or there are attached worksheets for independent. This leads on nicely to the practical art of the lesson whereby the students react different acids with different metals, metal oxides and metal carbonates to produce different salts and products. Level descriptors are shown constantly and consistently throughout to challenge pupils.
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Complete 21st Century Science OCR B3 - Life on Earth

Complete 21st Century Science OCR B3 - Life on Earth

These powerpoints collectively make up the entire B3 unit. Ideally used for revision sessions as each slide is visual, specific and concise. Each slide contains leveled outcomes so that the pupils can consistently and continuously challenge themselves.
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Complete 21st Century OCR B1 - You & Your Genes

Complete 21st Century OCR B1 - You & Your Genes

This resource contains the entire content of the module B1 - Your & Your Genes including all of the sub units. The presentation is visual yet informative so that it can be applicable and usable for all levels and abilities. Level descriptors are displayed throughout the entire resource to consistently and constantly challenge pupils.
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Complete 21st Century Science OCR B2 - Keeping Healthy

Complete 21st Century Science OCR B2 - Keeping Healthy

This powepoint contains the entire content for the B2 module. Perfect for revision sessions as the powerpoint is very visual and concise. Each slide contains leveled outcomes so that all students can constantly and consistently target and challenge themselves.
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