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I am a highly qualified and experienced secondary school teacher with a passion for providing an inspirational, high-quality education to students aged 11-18. My resources provide useful visual support for teachers during lessons and activities to aid learning of scientific concepts.

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I am a highly qualified and experienced secondary school teacher with a passion for providing an inspirational, high-quality education to students aged 11-18. My resources provide useful visual support for teachers during lessons and activities to aid learning of scientific concepts.
Heat Transfers: Conduction, Convection, Radiation
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Heat Transfers: Conduction, Convection, Radiation

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This simple to use and engaging resource provides a useful framework for a lesson on conduction, convection and radiation. Depending on how much time is available to you, I like to demonstrate conduction through particles by inviting my students to stand next to each other, shoulder to shoulder, vibrating slowly. I then “transfer energy” to one of the students, invting them to vibrate faster, knocking the students (particles) on either side of them, transferring the energy on. To help demonstrate convection, I use the potassium permanganate practical. I usually allow the students to carry out a practical on radiation during the following lesson.
Energy, Food and Fuels
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Energy, Food and Fuels

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This resource provides a useful visual aid set of activities for the ‘energy in food’ or ‘fuel is fuel’ topic. It initiates important discussions about healthy diets, challenges students to use their mathematical skills and enables students to make links between their learning in maths, biology and physics. Students carry out a series of caluclations, including a calculation to see how much of different food types they need to consume to gain their daily recommended amounts of energy.
Cameras and the Eye
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Cameras and the Eye

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This resource provides an easy-to-use visual aid and activities on the structure of the eye and structure of the camera. It explains how the eye works and how the pinhole camera works, before challenging students to answer the 6 mark question “Compare the eye and the camera”. The resource includes a mark scheme for this question as well as additional questions that could be answered through investigations with a pinhole camera.
Energy Efficiency
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Energy Efficiency

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This simple and easy to use PowerPoint resource provides a useful visual stimulus for discussions on energy efficiency and how the loss of energy can be detrimental to the environment. After discussing dissipation of heat energy, I then introduce the practical investigation. Students are provided with two different light bulbs, a ruler, white piece of paper and a thermometer. Students test to see who of the light bulbs causes the greatest increase in temperature in the thermometer. This light bulb gives out the most heat energy and is therefore the least efficient. This result guides students through planning, recording, analysing and evaluating their experiments.
Heat Energy and Temperature
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Heat Energy and Temperature

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This creative, fun and easy-to-use resource helps explain the difference between heat energy and temperature. It includes questions for students to answer and a link to a useful video on the topic.
Magnets and Magnetic Field
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Magnets and Magnetic Field

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This resource provides a really clear introduction to magnets and magnetic fields. I like to begin with a short demonstration of magnetic field lines using iron filings, before providing my students with a bar magnet and a mini compass to carry out a few investigations of their own. The lesson includes interesting links to how snow foxes using magnetic field lines and the earth’s magnetic field, and finishes with a short true-false quiz.
Gravitational Potential Energy and Kinetic Energy
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Gravitational Potential Energy and Kinetic Energy

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This lesson begins with a ‘graph description’ activity and opportunity for students to make scientific predictions. Included in the first couple of slides are links to useful video resources for the topic. There is then an option of two different practical investigations. The first invites students to design an experiment testing how the gradient of a ramp effects the speed of the car, whilst the second asks how the height you drop the ball from effect the height of the bounce.
Sound and Energy Transfer
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Sound and Energy Transfer

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This easy-to-use PowerPoint resource introduces sound and how it travels. It links well to the particle model, solids, liquids and gases, and also includes a 6 mark question that requires students to use the speed, distance, time equation.
Pressure in Solids
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Pressure in Solids

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This resource introduces the equation for calculating pressure in solids and invites students to measure the pressure they exert on earth (graph paper is required for this activity). The resource includes a link to a video about lying on a bed of nails as well as a simple plenery that assesses student knowledge and understanding of the topic.
Electromagnetic Spectrum
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Electromagnetic Spectrum

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This resource introduces the electromagnetic spectrum, electromagnetic waves and the equation for wave speed. It includes a series of practice questions as well as a fun ‘unscrabble the words’ plenary activity.
The Phases of the Moon
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The Phases of the Moon

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This resource introduces the phrases of the moon and how solar and lunar eclipses form. It is an incredibly useful visual aid and includes a series of questions about eclipses for students to respond to.
Echoes, ultrasound and echolocation
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Echoes, ultrasound and echolocation

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This PowerPoint provides an easy-to-use visual aid for introducing echoes, ultrasounds and echolocations. The resource includes short activities and links to useful websites relating to the topic.
Series and Parallel Circuits
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Series and Parallel Circuits

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This PowerPoint provides a useful visual aid for a lesson on series and parallel circuits. Before the lesson starts, I set up four electrical circuits in the classroom (these are shown on slide 3). Students begin by recapping how they draw electrical diagrams before being introduced to the idea of series and parallel circuits. Students then perform a series of very simple experiments to help them compare current and voltage in series and parallel. After completing the experiments and feeding back their findings to the class, the students complete two fun and easy assessment for learning activities. One is a back-to-back diagram drawing activity and the final activity uses dice and encourages students to reflect on what they have learned.
Pressure in Liquids
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Pressure in Liquids

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This resources provides a clear and easy-to-follow introduction to pressure in liquids. The resource is well supported by a simple demonstration of water coming out of three holes in a container, where the holes are spaced out evenly along a vertical line. By the end of the lesson, students should be secure in their understanding that liquid pressure increases as depth increases and the science behind why some objects float whilst others sink.
Earth and Beyond
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Earth and Beyond

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This resource encourages students to look beyond our world and out into the universe. They will investigate its features, the role of gravity, and the vast distances between structures making up the Universe. They will consider what the significance is of star colour and temperature and what is the predicted life cycle of a star. They will research what the scientific understanding is of the origin of the Universe and what evidence supports the Big Bang theory. They could also consider how technology has advanced scientific understanding of the Universe and what will be the impact of emerging projects.
Density
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Density

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This fun, creative and easy-to-use resource introduces the equation for density and includes practice questions for students to answer. It also includes a useful visual to help students understand why some objects float whilst others sink and invites students to carry out their own research on Archimedes.
Colours of Light
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Colours of Light

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This resource provides an incredibly useful visual aid for the topic of ‘colours of light’. It covers everything from refraction and dispersion, to colour filters and explanations for why objects appear differently in different colours of light.
Turning Forces
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Turning Forces

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This resource introduces moments as the turning effect of a force, the equation for calculating moments, and the law of moments. It includes several questions for students to complete, to help ensure a secure understanding of the knowledge.
Speed Distance Time
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Speed Distance Time

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This resource introduces the speed, distance, time equation, distance-time graphs and speed-time graphs. It includes a series of questions for students to answer and graphs for students to draw. It also introduces how average speed is calculated and plotted on a graph.