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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.
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.
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!
Sampling with virtual quadrats
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Sampling with virtual quadrats

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In this fun simulation, written in excel, students find out how many hamsters live in Hamster Land. After releasing the hamsters, students are presented with data from a set of randomly placed virtual quadrats. By working through the accompanying worksheet, both foundation and higher versions are provided, they calculate the population of hamsters. Remember to click on "enable content" when opening the spreadsheet.
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!
Bioaccumulation
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Bioaccumulation

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A fun role play activity to help students understand the concept of bioaccumulation. There's also a worksheet for students to complete which consolidates the concept. Students of all abilities will be able to take part
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.
Transformers simulation and calculations
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Transformers simulation and calculations

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Use this simulation, written in excel, to help your students to get to grips with calculations involving transformers. Use the sliders to adjust the input voltage or the number of turns in the primary and secondary coils to investigate what happens to the output voltage. This can be used by students working individually but it is probably best used for whole class teaching. When opening the spreadsheet, don't forget to click "enable content". The simulation is accompanied by a worksheet where students work through a series of calculations. Answers are also provided.
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!
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.
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.
Rates of reaction graphs
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Rates of reaction graphs

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Using this simulation, written in excel, your students can explore the impact of surface area, temperature and concentration on reaction rate. As the conditions change, so the graph changes. When opening the spreadsheet, don't forget to click on "enable". There is a worksheet for students to complete as they work through the activity. There are also two additional worksheets with further explore rates graphs and help students to deepen their understanding.
Power Stations and Electricity
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Power Stations and Electricity

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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.
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.
Electricity calculations
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Electricity calculations

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A highly structured and scaffolded suite of questions which guide students through the process of answering calculation questions using an equation. The smart use of a grid allows students to pick out the information they need and enables them to succeed. The questions get harder as the students progress through the pack. There’s also a worksheet (explaining electrical relationships) designed to help students think through what the mathematical relationships mean. This resources covers all the equations on the topic of electricity needed for AQA GCSE phyiscs (2016 spec)
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
The Solar System and Beyond
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The Solar System and Beyond

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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
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.
Neutralisation card game and thinking activity
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Neutralisation card game and thinking activity

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This is a card game (based on rummy) where students collect sets of cards that, taken together, form a complete neutralisation reaction. There is a full set of playing cards along with instructions on how to play for the teacher. To accompany the game there is also a "colouring in" worksheet that links neutralisation reactions to changes in pH. There is also a thinking activity where students read through a series of cards in order to find out the uses of some common salts formed by neutralisation.
Atomic Structure and Isotopes
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Atomic Structure and Isotopes

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Two hands-on activities for what can be a rather dry area of work. In the first, students examine diagrams of atoms and use a periodic table to identify them. In the seconds, atom pairs are examined in order to find out whether or not they are isotopes. The activities work well after the key idea have been explained since they help students consolidate and then apply their knowledge.