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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 equations "credit cards"

AQA GCSE physics equations "credit cards"

“Cut out and keep” credit card size revision cards to help students learn the equations that will be needed for the exams. The equations have been stripped down to a minimum to make them simpler to learn and remember. There’s one for paper one and another for paper two. Provided as pdfs and in word so that they can be edited if desired.
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AQA GCSE physics required practical revision booklet

AQA GCSE physics required practical revision booklet

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.
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GCSE AQA  physics revision workbook (paper 2)

GCSE AQA physics revision workbook (paper 2)

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!
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Tests for AQA GCSE physics P1-P7

Tests for AQA GCSE physics P1-P7

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!
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GCSE AQA physics revision workbook (paper 1)

GCSE AQA physics revision workbook (paper 1)

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!
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Tests for AQA GCSE physics P8-P16

Tests for AQA GCSE physics P8-P16

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!
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space summaries and questions for AQA GCSE physics

space summaries and questions for AQA GCSE physics

This collection of materials has been written to help students summarise and revise all the information in the space section (P16) section of AQA’s GCSE physics. Each resource covers this whole section of the specification. summary presentation full of wonderful pictures supplied in pdf format as well as powerpoint four sides of exam style questions along with worked answers a set of key terms for students to sort and turn into a concept map along with pre-sorted words for less able students to use a single sheet of quick answer questions (along with answers) a set of notes for students that fit on to a single side a fill in the gaps worksheet that provides a set of notes once completed
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space crossword and wordsearch  for AQA GCSE physics

space crossword and wordsearch for AQA GCSE physics

These resources were written specifically to meet the demands of the P16 (space) section of the AQA GCSE in physics. Three versions of the same crossword are provided to ensure that students find it hard to copy from each other! A word list (list of answers) is also provided to aid weaker students. The word list can also be used alongside the wordsearch. In addition, there is a colouring in sheet to help students remember the life cycle of stars.
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Periodic Table

Periodic Table

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.
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Carbon Cycle Game

Carbon Cycle Game

A very visual way of appreciating the carbon cycle and a great introduction to climate change. This board game shows carbon atoms cycling around the natural environment. It moves around the 3 main stores (plants, animals and the atmosphere) according the the roll of a dice, but overall stays in balance. However, when the game is repeated (by skewing the number of atoms that move for one number on the dice) the cycle goes out of balance. There is a sheet for students to record the movement of the atoms and notes for the teacher as well as Word and pdf versions of the board which can be printed onto A4 card of laminated.
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Molecules of Life Top Trumps

Molecules of Life Top Trumps

Whilst students play top trumps with these well designed cards (supplied in word and pdf format), they will learn much about molecular structure and formulae as well as finding out about how living organisms use the molecules. A great starter activity, students enjoy the game and learn a lot along the way.
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Molecule race- "games" about molecular formulae

Molecule race- "games" about molecular formulae

Here are two games that really help students get the hang of formulae. They have been used successfully with students in years 8-11 from many different schools. Use them when introducing students to formulae in keystage 3 or 4. They are suitable for all abilities and also requires students to communicate effectively. Game One - Molecule Race. Working in pairs, students race to build models of ten different molecules. One student uses the card to give instructions to the other who builds the molecule. The cards are provided in word and pdf format. MOLECULAR MODEL KIT (EG MOLYMOD) REQUIRED. Game Two - Triplet Match. This whole class or team activity gets students to match names, with formuale and diagrams.
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GCSE physics (AQA) Required Practicals Revision

GCSE physics (AQA) Required Practicals Revision

Use this to help your students build a knowledge base as they revise the required practicals in preparation for sitting the exam. Students find YouTube videos of the practicals (readily available) and then use the instructions and structure provided by this booklet to complete a summary of each experiment.
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Atomic Structure and Isotopes

Atomic Structure and Isotopes

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.
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Radioactiivty

Radioactiivty

Here are a selection of resources to help with teaching radioactivity - A set of mystery cards (along with teacher notes) about the nature of radioactivity. Students use the information on the set of cards make deductions about the 3 types of radiation - a worksheet about the properties of the 3 types of radiation and a second worksheet about ionisation. - some suggestions for teaching nuclear equations - a presentation about the death of Alexander Litvinenko which draws heavily on GCSE knowledge on this subject.
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Energy Stores and Transfers using new language

Energy Stores and Transfers using new language

Since 2016, specifications have used the Institute of Physics preferred language describing energy stores and energy transfers. Here are notes and a worksheet for students along with a cut and stick activity to provide practise using these new ways of thinking about energy
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Graphical Interpretation

Graphical Interpretation

Thirteen questions over four sides of A4 that require students to interpret graphs on topics from all areas of the GCSE physics specification. Perfect for exam preparation. Worked 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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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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