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Food chains & energy transfer (updated)

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This is an editable worksheet based activity that includes some higher order thinking to explore the ideas around energy transfer in simple food chains. Two versions are included, one with revised GCSE (1-9) grades, the other without. (please note that grade indications are only approximate). Why not try getting learners to choose a selection of questions to answer (e.g. do Q1-4 or Q3-8) An answer sheet is included. This resource was originally designed for OCR 21st Century Science unit B3, but still applies across a range of exam specifications. Please note, a non-editable version of this is available for free. Keywords: energy, transfer, food chain, efficiency

Thinking About - Coke & Mentos

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This activity is part of the ‘Thinking About’ Series. The sequence aims to think through the investigative process using a very engaging activity. It involves learners thinking through the control and measurement of variables. It can be used to produce and analyse graphs and think through challenging explanations. There are also some surprising events for further challenge if different soft drinks are used. In this activity there is a PowerPoint, an activity guide and making and launching guides (which it is recommended that you laminate!)

Electricity: Modelling current in series and parallel circuits

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This model is an animated PowerPoint slideshow. It shows current as a flow of charge around series and parallel circuits. It allows you to compare current flow in series circuits with one and two lamps. It also allows you to increase the potential difference for the circuit. This allows you to compare current flow. It also shows two lamps in parallel, allowing you to see the current before and after the branches in the circuit. The model is quite simple to allow pupils to make sense of the current flow model quickly and help them to understand how it works.

Classification with Hoops

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This activity is aimed at supporting primary science (currently year 4 and year 6 in the primary science national curriculum). In this activity, children are encouraged to look at strategies for classification using physical objects that are accessible to most primary science teachers.

Objects in Space sort cards

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Key words: Universe, Galaxy, Solar system, Sun, planet, asteroid, constellation. This is a sort card activity and powerpoint show to support the task. It gets students thinking about objects in space. The powerpoint show comes in two forms, with or without the word constellation. The addition of the constellation card adds a real opportunity for cognitive conflict and helps iron out a preconception of what a constellation is. Right click the web links to download the powerpoint shows.

Everyday levers

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In this activity pupils can look at the images of levers and think about where the find them and what they do. Either images or real objects (or a combination) can be used with the two sheets, which are differentiated in terms of the number of expected responses and the questions used. Please note that clock (a 'distance multiplier&') is different to the other levers shown (&';force multipliers') and spotting the odd one out and providing a reason gives an extension for more able pupils. Please ensure that you have carried out a full risk assessment before carrying out any practical activity.

Sources of information - starter

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This resource is an was originally designed for instant engagement, to be on display on entry to the room. The students are given a period of time (say 3 minutes) to rank order the sources of information. This works well in groups with mini-whiteboards. The teacher then asks students to indicate whether each source was in the top 3, middle 3 or bottom 3 – e.g. by show of hands. This supports a discussion on reliability and disagreement between groups provides chance for cognitive conflict and students explaining their reasoning. It was originally designed as a starter to LSS activity 3.1

Microwave heating - animated powerpoint model

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This is a simple single slide with an animated water molecule to represent what happens when water absorbs microwave radiation. With more able learners, they could evaluate the model used for accuracy.

Polymerisation Key words & meanings - Display

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This is a pdf showing some key words for polymerisation, including the meaning of the words. They are suitable for printing onto A4 (or scaling up to A3) for display purposes. Remember if laminating them for wall display to ensure that non-reflective laminates are used where possible to ensure maximum readability. Keywords: monomer, polymer, polymerisation

Engaging model of ionic and covalent bonding

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Keywords: bonding, model, electrons, ionic, covalent. Notes: This engaging activity makes use of very affordable and easily available ball pool balls to support whole class teaching and group work. It models what happens to the electrons during ionic and covalent bonding. Please note that this was originally published a number of years ago as part of the North Yorkshire Success for All project of which I was part and had the pleasure of working with an excellent team of teachers on resource development. Right click the web links to download the powerpoint shows.

Jelly fossils - Modelling

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In this activity, pupils go through the process of making a fossil of a jelly sweet to show how fossilisation takes place. A description of how to do this is included in the guide. Please ensure that you have carried out a full risk assessment before carrying out any practical activity.

Models of the atom - Comparison

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Key words: Model, Plum-pudding, Rutherford, Dalton, nuclear. A slideshow that compares different models of the atom and summarises their uses. Notes: The first link will take you to a pdf document. Right click the web link to download the powerpoint show.

Reactivity of metals timeline (starter)

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Keywords: metal, reactivity, extraction A short activity (starter?) to encourage higher order thinking and identify relationship between reactivity of metals and their date of first extraction. Please note that this was originally published a number of years ago as part of the North Yorkshire Success for All project of which I was part & had the pleasure of working with an excellent team of teachers on resource development. Right click the web link to download the powerpoint show.

James Hutton & Deep Time - graded questions

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This activity contains a powerpoint with graded questions & answers and matching pupil activity sheets, designed to be used at the end of a lesson and/or the start of the next lesson to review previous learning. The questions are based on OCR 21st Century Science Specification, although could be used with other exam boards. Clicking through the show reveals answers one a time. There are two slightly different activity sheets for differentiation - one has key words, the other without. These reduce to A5 easily, the ideal size for most pupils. Please note grades are approximate.

Genetics decision making (2) - graded questions

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This activity contains a powerpoint with graded questions & answers and matching pupil activity sheets, designed to be used at the end of a lesson and/or the start of the next lesson to review previous learning. The questions are based on the previous OCR 21st Century Science Specification unit B1, although could be used with other exam boards. Clicking through the show reveals answers one a time. These reduce to A5 easily, the ideal size for most pupils. Please note grades are approximate.

Can we choose our children - graded questions

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This activity contains a powerpoint with graded questions & answers and matching pupil activity sheets, designed to be used at the end of a lesson and/or the start of the next lesson to review previous learning. The questions are based on the previous OCR 21st Century Science Specification unit B1, although could be used with other exam boards. Clicking through the show reveals answers one a time. These reduce to A5 easily, the ideal size for most pupils. Please note grades are approximate.

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This activity contains a powerpoint with graded questions & answers and matching pupil activity sheets, designed to be used at the end of a lesson and/or the start of the next lesson to review previous learning. The questions are based on the previous OCR 21st Century Science Specification unit B1, although could be used with other exam boards. Clicking through the show reveals answers one a time. These reduce to A5 easily, the ideal size for most pupils. Please note grades are approximate.