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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.
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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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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Biology - Air Pollution (Acid Rain) Fundamentals

Biology - Air Pollution (Acid Rain) Fundamentals

This resource outlines the stages by which acid rain is created. Images (that they are able to colour in) outline how we produce and add carbon dioxide/monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide to the atmosphere. With subsequent images showing acid rain falling and then the environmental effects this can have. Excellent resource to summarize the process of non-metal oxidation and ramifications
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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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Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions

Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions

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. Teacher to show pupils two contrasting videos to hook their interest and inquisitiveness. Video 1: First soviet hydrogen bomb test (1953) Video 2: Ice melting time lapse Open class discussion about the reasons behind showing the videos Students to categorise 6 different images. I will then discuss the learning outcomes with the class and reinforce that these will be displayed throughout to stretch and challenge them. Teacher to recap 4 of the chemical reactions covered previously by asking students to complete the products. Teacher to develop upon the recap by stating that during the above reactions there is a temperature change as energy is transferred to and from the surroundings. (Visual images to aid in the understanding of this.) Teacher to run deliver the information needed for AO1 – Endothermic and exothermic. Demonstration 1: Endothermic chemical reaction between Barium Hydroxide and ammonium chloride. Demonstration 2 (Class): Exothermic chemical reaction between Magnesium and Hydrochloric Acid Pupils are to add in the missing work at the end of a sentence relating to both endothermic and exothermic reactions. Teacher to develop upon the prior teaching in AO1 and the knowledge recapped in the mini-plenary. (Visual images to aid in the understanding of this.) Teacher to run deliver the information needed for AO2. Pupils to be given a table to fill out and a set of instructions to follow. Pupils will be creating 5 different chemical reactions, measuring the temperature change and determining whether the reaction was endothermic or exothermic. Teacher to run through groups results on the board. Teacher to develop upon the prior teaching in AO1, AO2 and the knowledge recapped in the mini-plenary and the practical. Teacher to deliver the information needed for AO3. -Combustion -Oxidation -Neutralisation -Thermal Decomposition - Electrolysis Students handed a table with 9 reactions (A-I) with two temperature readings and are to determine whether the reaction is endothermic or exothermic by the temperature difference. Teacher to run through groups results on the board. Students to finish the sentences as plenary.
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Experimental Techniques of Seperation

Experimental Techniques of Seperation

This resource 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 separating a salt from a solution. This lesson is an excellent follow on from my previous resource of reacting metals, metal oxides, and metal carbonates with acids. However this resource can be used entirely independently of that resource. The starter activities plays on the pupils ability to draw scientific diagrams of practical equipment. The teach will lay out various pieces of laboratory equipment on the front desk for pupils to observe and draw. Diagrammatic examples are shown to assist with this task. The subsequent part of the presentation touches base again on the products of an metal oxide, metal and metal carbonate reactions with acids. Concluding on the fact that a metal oxide and acid create water and salt, thus we are able to separate the salt from the water using separation techniques. The first technique focuses of the reaction of copper oxide with sulphuric acid, pupils are able to create clue copper sulphate crystals. Then moving on the reaction of sodium oxide and hydrochloric acid, pupils are able to create sodium chloride. Pupils then react the metal oxides and acids mentioned above to create a salt solution and carry out the processes of separation. Level descriptors are shown throughout to constantly and consistently challenge pupils.
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Alleles

Alleles

This resource is created from the new 2016 Edexcel 5 year SoW focusing on the topic of alleles. This fun and engaging lessons gets pupils learning the fundamental concepts behind genes and alleles whilst instilling a fun and engaging lesson. The starter activity (which is easily printable from the presentation) gets pupils concluding and reiterating the concept of complementary bases for a certain DNA sequence but also works well in tying in to the subsequent slides. A fun humorous video on the topic of heredity is then shown to class where they can either sit back, enjoy and absorb the information or this is a good opportunity for independent note taking. The subsequent information aims to break this topic down into easy, understandable and comprehensible chunks. Genes are reintroduced with the idea of them being cookery books (chromosomes) and they contain recipes (genes) for a 3 course dinner (characteristics). Before further explanation, pupils are to collect a tally from the various eye colors of their peers in the classroom. The differences in these are colors are then explained by explaining how alleles control this. The idea of homozygous, heterozygous, dominant and recessive alleles as well as genetic diagrams are tied in here to connect all the dots around this topic. This can be a tricky concept to get a pupils head around so very visual illustrations are shown throughout. A fun activity of 'longer arms or longer feet' can then be used to determine the difference in these two characteristics and whether they are linked and controlled by our genes/alleles. Level descriptors are shown constantly and consistently throughout to 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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GCSE Core Science (OCR) Physics Bundle

GCSE Core Science (OCR) Physics 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 P1, P2 , P3. Each presentation lasts up to 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. 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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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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Variation - Gene Mutation

Variation - Gene Mutation

This resource is created from the new 2016 Edexcel 5 year SoW and focuses on the topic of variation - gene mutation. The presentation starts with an immediate starter/mini-activity whereby the pupils have to collect data on the various hair colors in the room. This is to reiterate the fact that characteristics are controlled by genes. In particular hair and eye color is determined from the amount of melanin present, the amount present is controlled by a specific gene, and how much is produced depends on changes in that gene - mutations. This resource then focuses on how the human genome project can help open our eyes to medical advances in detecting diseases. A comprehension task should be used here. Level descriptors are shown throughout to constantly and consistently challenge pupils.
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Complete 21st Century Science OCR C2 - Material Choices

Complete 21st Century Science OCR C2 - Material Choices

This resource contains the entire content of C2 - material choices. Each sub-topic is clearly displayed, each slide with individual level descriptors so that pupils can target their grades consistently throughout the powerpoint. Perfect for revision sessions, even for the main bulk of a lesson..
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Extraction & Uses of Metals

Extraction & Uses of Metals

This presentation focuses on how we extract and use metals. The lesson starter presents the pupils with an image displaying machinery extracting metal and they have to determine some environmental impacts. This leads nicely onto the first group based discussion where very visual and detailed images are presented to the pupils of the benefits and negative impacts of extracting metals. This then leads onto describing and explaining where and how these metals are found as well as how these metals are extracted from their ores. This extraction lesson focuses on the extraction of iron from its ore in a blast furnace and relates back to the reactivity series/oxidation reduction lessons very well . There is an interactive element to this presentation showing the process of extracting various metals from their ores leading onto a very clear and concisely animation of a blast furnace reaction. Pupils are to make a poster based on this animation. This presentation contains level descriptors to consistently and constantly challenge pupils
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Effects of Mutations

Effects of Mutations

This resource is created from the new 2016 Edexcel 5 year SoW and focuses on the topic of mutations and their effects. This resource incorporates genetic and environmental variation as well as looking at continuous and discontinuous data alongside normal distributions. The starter activity is engaging and interactive for all. Pupils are to get into groups of 5 and see whether people in their group have any of the following characteristics: hitchhikers thumb, roll-able tongue, cheery chin, attached earlobes. These characteristics are then explain to be controlled by our alleles and therefore is genetic. Environmental variation is introduced here as well as the idea of variation controlled by both environment and genes. Once this information has been established, 5 interactive examples are shown - an image and the variation is shown and pupils are to establish the type of variation and the reason why. After this the pupils are asked to all stand up and organise themselves into height order to visually demonstrate continuous variation. Pupils are then asked to stand in one corner of the room if they can roll their tongue and the other if they cannot, demonstrating discontinuous variation. A vast variety of graphs and tables are shown, as a whole class, individually or in groups, students are to establish whether it indicate genetic or environmental variation, continuous or discontinuous variation, and normal distribution. Level descriptors are shown throughout to constantly and consistently challenge pupils.
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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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The pH Scale - Acids & Alkali

The pH Scale - Acids & Alkali

This resource is created from Edexcel International GCSE 2009 in Science (Double Award) (4SC0) and Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 Certificate in Science (KSC0) and is extremely adaptable to other SoW and exam boards. This resource pack comes with activities and work sheets directly linked to the content of the presentation allowing pupils to transfer knowledge across to worksheet as well as practical. The presentation starts with a starter activity getting pupils to establish their prior knowledge by getting them to predict what the pH of 4 different day to day objects are. The answers to these will be found out during the main content. The main bulk of this presentation is aimed at gaining a fundemental understanding of what the pH scale can be used to determine therefore each individual slide is designated to a pH level, informing you where it be an acid, alkali or neutral. Following on from this these slides are shown again but with a day to day chemical on them as worked example. The students will have a blank pH scale worksheet to be filling out/colouring in as you flick through the presentation. The main involves students cutting out cards with specific details about the pH scale and collecting the correct cards together to then create a large scale periodic table (ideal for a display). Pupils will then be taught how to test for pH in 3 different ways before testing day to day chemicals to determine their pH. Level descriptors are shown 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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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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