Distance-time and Speed-time graphs

Distance-time and Speed-time graphs

There's a wealth of resources here; enough to fill a couple of lessons with a good variety of activities. Walking Graphs activity is an excellent way of helping students to really understand what distance (and displacement) time and speed (and velocity) -time graphs tell them. It's very engaging and students really enjoy it. Gradients Presentations talk through how and why velocity and acceleration can be calculated by finding graph gradients. Six Worksheets in a variety of styles to reinforce and consolidate understanding
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Resistance and Ohms Law

Resistance and Ohms Law

You will find here a set of resources that have been tried and tested with both able and foundation students: - Details of a ball and pea model that provides a hands on model to explain resistance - A competitive game for teams of students based on understanding current, potential difference and resistance - a team game for foundation students that develops their ability to carry out calculations using equations - details of a simple experiment that demonstrates the link between voltage and current - a set of worksheets to reinforce and consolidate.
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Role playing current and potential difference

Role playing current and potential difference

This role play is the best method I've used to help students understand current and potential difference; these abstract concepts really need some concrete models if students are to grasp them. The role play is followed by comparison with two further models and there is a further worksheet to help consolidate understanding
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Calculations using equations for AQA GCSE physics

Calculations using equations for AQA GCSE physics

These are great exam practise for higher students once they are familiar with how to use the equations in the specification. Each question required a multi-step calculation and often more than one equation is needed. There are two booklets; one using the equations needed in paper one and the other those in paper two. Fully worked answers are also provided which can be projected on to a board for use by the whole class.
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Paying for electricity

Paying for electricity

This lesson includes a starter where students examine a number of electrical items to find out about their power, voltage, current etc. There is then a set of cards that can be laminated and passed around the class . Using the information on the cards, students calculate how much it costs to operate each device as shown, filling in their findings and calculations in the table provided on the student sheet. To consolidate and reinforce understanding, there is a worksheet with more calculations to carry out.
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Calculation practise using equations for AQA GCSE physics

Calculation practise using equations for AQA GCSE physics

Here you will find two booklets that give students practise at carrying out calculations using each of the equations that feature in the AQA GCSE physics specification(first examined 2018). Based on questions in the exam papers, students are asked to recall particular equations and then re-arrange them and use them. To make them more helpful for revision purposes there is a booklet for the equations required for paper one and a separate booklet for paper two. Answers are also provided.
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Equations for AQA GCSE physics

Equations for AQA GCSE physics

This set of resources provides teachers and students with helpful summaries of the equations they will need to learn and use when sitting the AQA GCSE physics exams. Helpfully, the equations are separated by the exam paper in which they will feature. The simplified sheet is less wordy and more suitable for foundation students. The equation cue cards are designed for student use and will help them not only learn the equations but also how to re-arrange them. There are some student instructions on the final card. The sheets will also be of use to those sitting the double science exams as they can be easily edited to remove the few equations not needed by these students.
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Electrical Power

Electrical Power

There are enough resources here to fill two lessons on the topic of electrical power. The activities include a student practical finding the power of various kettles; the student sheet has instructions and guides students through the calculations required. There is also a demonstration using an electricity meter to compare the power of various electrical items. They are backed up with three different worksheets helping students to understand and use the equation power = potential difference x current.
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Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

In this lesson, students use their knowledge (supplemented by the fact sheet provided) to decide how the meet the energy requirements of an island. In my experience, students enjoy the activity and there are often heated arguments between the groups!
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carbon dioxide emissions and energy resources

carbon dioxide emissions and energy resources

There are two resources here. Resource One: two data analysis worksheets based on global carbon dioxide emissions. They are accompanied by a powerpoint with infographics showing similar information and a pdf that can be enlarged for easier viewing. Resource Two: an activity where groups of students have to decide between fossil and nuclear fuels. It's based upon Edward de Bono's thinking hats and helps students to communicate verbally and in writing.
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Power Stations and Electricity

Power Stations and Electricity

A big bundle of resources to introduce the important ideas about generating and using electricity: - a starter card sort game that gets students to think through how much they depend on electricity - a hands on activity where students use cardboard boxes to build and then label a model power station - a connection card game that uses key vocabulary to help students to make connections and express their ideas verbally. - a mini colouring worksheet examining the advantages and disadvantages of domestic electricity - a worksheet classifying sources of power - a worksheet that consolidates the key components of power stations and their functions. They make a good introduction to the topic for GCSE students but would also be useful at keystage three.
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The Solar System and Beyond

The Solar System and Beyond

This is a bundle based around helping students get to grips with the vastness of space and the key vocabulary that goes with it. To get students thinking, there's a starter where students give their opinions by placing themselves on an imaginary line . Their position on the line indicates how much they agree or disagree with a series of statements. The sizing activity quite literally paces out the solar system to scale and brings home the true distance between the Earth and Moon. There are then three worksheets designed to promote thinking and consolidate what students have learnt
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The Greenhouse Effect

The Greenhouse Effect

This lesson is run as a competition between small groups of students. The lesson encourages students to use a series of challenges and clues to work out for themselves the key ideas about the greenhouse effect. The lesson is structured with a starter, a session gathering the main ideas and then time for students to put together their own explanation. It is aimed at less academic GCSE students but would also work well for keystage 3 students and more able GCSE students who could complete it more quickly.
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pH, Indicators, Neutralisation and Salts

pH, Indicators, Neutralisation and Salts

This group of resources is "hands-on and brains-on" Start the lesson with the practical work making a rainbow. This can be done as a teacher demonstration but is lovely for students to carry out. Follow up with the "colouring in" worksheet that takes a look at different indicators. There is a kinesthetic activity designed to get students moving and help them think about which acids and alkalis are needed to make a series of salts. To finish off students can work through the neutralisation worksheet which involves more thinking and colouring in.
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Earthquakes and Seismic waves

Earthquakes and Seismic waves

Here is a suite of resources based around earthquakes: The demonstration makes very clear how s and p waves are produced and the follow up worksheet is designed to consolidate understanding. The Plotting activity requires students to interpret eye witness accounts to determine the strength of an earthquake felt at different locations. These strengths are then plotted on a map to find the epicentre. It's based on an activity from the old Salters' GCSE. There is also a data handling exercise.
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Introduction to Waves and the Wave Equation

Introduction to Waves and the Wave Equation

Two practical, hands-on activities, one takes place outdoors, to help students develop their understanding of some key waves vocabulary. There is also a sheet for students to record their findings and a worksheet with straight forward calculations based on the wave equation. The activities are useful for foundation GCSE students or form a good introduction to keystage 3 students.
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Covalent  molecules

Covalent molecules

In this bundle you'll find:- - a starter activity modelling air and the covalent molecules it contains - details of a teacher led demonstration showing that covalent molecules do not conduct electricity - an activity to help students draw representations of covalent molecules along with some extension activities - 3 worksheets to consolidate student learning
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Getting Lead from Lead Oxide Practical Work

Getting Lead from Lead Oxide Practical Work

This is a great practical because students really will see the small beads of lead they create in the reaction. As well as details for the teacher and technician there is a worksheet for students that gives instructions as well as follow up work designed to help them think through the reaction. A foundation version of the student worksheet is also provided that may also be used with keystage three students.
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Construction Materials: making and testing bricks and cement

Construction Materials: making and testing bricks and cement

A great practical activity for students who may be less academic; this experimental work will help students to see the relevance of chemistry to the construction industry. NOTE that access to a kiln (usually present in most secondary art departments) is required to make the bricks. There are instructions for making bricks and reinforced cement beams. Students then perform tests on the items they have made. There is follow up work provided on student worksheets
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Electrolysis: extraction of aluminium

Electrolysis: extraction of aluminium

This is a role play activity to help students understand how electrolysis is uses to extract aluminium from aluminium oxide. It is designed to aid appreciation of the ionic nature of bauxite and assist the wring of ionic half equations. There is a follow-up worksheet to consolidate the key ideas.
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Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions

Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions

Here are teacher instructions for demonstrating three exciting exothermic reactions along with one that is endothermic. To follow up there is a student worksheet which introduces energy level diagrams.
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