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A specialist science shop featuring hands-on and minds-on activities all designed to promote both thinking and learning. I'm a very experienced teacher with advanced skills teacher (AST) and specialist leader of education (SLE) accreditation under my belt.

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A specialist science shop featuring hands-on and minds-on activities all designed to promote both thinking and learning. I'm a very experienced teacher with advanced skills teacher (AST) and specialist leader of education (SLE) accreditation under my belt.
AQA GCSE physics required practical revision booklet
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AQA GCSE physics required practical revision booklet

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This set of notes has been put together as a 12 page A4 booklet, organised for paper 1 and paper 2 For each required practical there’s a simple diagram, a list of equipment and a step by step method and hints about using the data collected; hopefully that’s everything a student may need to recall for the exams.
GCSE AQA  physics revision workbook (paper 2)
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GCSE AQA physics revision workbook (paper 2)

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This 27 page, write -in workbook covers pretty much all the material required for the paper 2 exam. It’s ideal for revision in the classroom or at home. Worked answers are also provided. It takes the form of a series of tests, one for each physics topic. By projecting the worked answers onto the board, students can mark their own work. NOTE this material is the same as that offered as end of topic tests. Don’t buy it twice!
GCSE AQA physics revision workbook (paper 1)
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GCSE AQA physics revision workbook (paper 1)

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This twenty six page write-in workbook full of questions, covers just about everything students need for the first exam paper. It comprises a test for each section of the course and worked answers are also provided. It’s ideal for revision in class and for homework. By projecting the worked answers onto the board, students can mark their own work. NOTE this material is the same as that offered as end of topic tests. Don’t buy it twice!
Ions, Ionic Formulae and Ionic Bonds
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Ions, Ionic Formulae and Ionic Bonds

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This suite of materials is designed to lead students through the details of ionic compounds The atoms and ions worksheet helps students understand how ions are formed from atoms. Follow it up with formulae activity where students where pairs of students have to work out the formula and the name of a compound formed from two ions randomly drawn from a pack. Finally, there's a worksheet with a structured, step wise approach to develop students ideas about ionic bonding.
Nervous and Endocrine System Comparison
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Nervous and Endocrine System Comparison

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This interactive activity encourages students to discuss similarities and differences between the nervous system and endocrine system. A number of statements are provided for students who then stand in the correct place of the Venn diagram. Also provided are two different worksheets comparing the two systems, choose which is most appropriate for your students.
Tests for AQA GCSE physics P8-P16
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Tests for AQA GCSE physics P8-P16

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End of topic tests for physics topics P8 to P16 (everything on paper 2) These tests cover the whole topic, are editable and are designed to be printer friendly ie they are on 2-4 sheets of paper so don’t cost much to print! There’s also worked answers for each test. NOTE this material is the same as that provided in the revision question booklets. Don’t buy the same material twice!
Tests for AQA GCSE physics P1-P7
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Tests for AQA GCSE physics P1-P7

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End of topic tests for topics 1-7. They cover the entire topic well, are editable and designed to be printer friendly ie they are on just 2-4 sides of paper so they don’t cost much to print out! Worked answers are also provided for each test. NOTE this is the same material as provided in the revision question booklets so don’t buy the same thing twice!
Calculations using equations for AQA GCSE physics
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Calculations using equations for AQA GCSE physics

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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.
Calculation practise using equations for AQA GCSE physics
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Calculation practise using equations for AQA GCSE physics

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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.
Classification
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Classification

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There are three worksheets here all designed to promote thinking and understanding rather than rote learning and copying.
Haber Process: producing ammonia
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Haber Process: producing ammonia

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This excel spreadsheet provides good simulation of the Haber process where you can adjust the proportions of the raw materials, the temperature, the catalyst and the pressure to find out how much ammonia you make. Get it right and you can maximise your profit per day! When opening the spreadsheet, don't forget to click "enable" Students can work individually on this activity or the simulation can be projected and used with the whole class. There is also a worksheet to help students think through the process at the molecular level along with notes and answers for the teacher.
Mitosis and Meiosis
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Mitosis and Meiosis

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These three resources are intended to help students be clear about the differences between the two types of cell division. The Venn diagram activity should promote thinking and discussion and will allow teachers to spot misconceptions. There is also a colouring in worksheet where students identify the types of cells in each division and a simple fill in the gaps sheet. These would also be good revision tools
Periodic Table
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Periodic Table

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A suite of resources to help students understand the development of the periodic table and how it highlights patterns and trends in the elements. It includes a presentation detailing the history of the periodic table, two active worksheets to help students appreciate how the periodic table is organised, a template for students to make their own spiral periodic table and a list giving links to five of the best periodic table resources available on the web.
Solids, Liquids and Gases
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Solids, Liquids and Gases

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This is a fundamental area of science that students really need to understand well. There are two lots of sorting to complete in the Venn diagram activity along with a student worksheet to consolidate the key ideas. It's accompanied by a teacher sheet providing details of demonstrations designed to bring home the properties of gases.
Cause and Correlation
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Cause and Correlation

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A lesson on the important difference between cause and correlation. The teacher notes give details of examples where there is a strong correlation but no causal link, examples which can be hard to think of on the spot! The presentation is based around air pollution and helps students to understand the key ideas. It can be followed up with the worksheet which includes many examples. For each example students sort the three options given into correlation, cause or no link
antibiotics and antibiotic resistance
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antibiotics and antibiotic resistance

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Here are some activities most suitable for foundation students. The role play where the student playing the doctor has to decide on the most suitable treatment for a variety of patients. There are also two worksheets that examine antibiotic resistance, the second of which is built around data handling.
Classification and species using ladybirds
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Classification and species using ladybirds

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After a discussion about what constitutes a species, students study pictures of ladybirds and record their observations. They decide how many different species of ladybirds they think there are. They then classify each of the pictures again using an ID chart and compare their findings.
Photosynthesis limiting factors simulation
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Photosynthesis limiting factors simulation

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Your students can use this simulation, written in excel, to investigate the factors that can limit the rate of photosynthesis. Move the sliders to adjust light levels, temperature or carbon dioxide levels before recording the length of the oxygen bubble produced. It's great for collecting data and then drawing graphs. There is also an accompanying planning sheet to help students think through the entire investigation. Remember to click on "enable content" when you open the spreadsheet.
Understanding rates of reaction and collision theory
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Understanding rates of reaction and collision theory

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This Venn diagram activity is ideal for diagnosing student misconceptions and helping them gain a really good understanding of collision theory. The statements that need placing have been chosen to prompt debate and discussion and it makes a great whole class activity. Although it was written for keystage 4 students it is also useful to use with keystage 5 students at the start of the topic. A second sheet gives the answers. There's a follow up worksheet to consolidate important concepts and a further colour in sheet exploring why chemists want to control reaction rates.