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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Modelling Atoms and Molecules
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Modelling Atoms and Molecules

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This hands-one, minds-on activity is designed to get students thinking about the differences between atoms and molecules. It is backed up with a student worksheets which gets students thinking even further. Molymod (or equivalent) models are required. Although this activity is aimed primarily at KS3 students, GCSE students are likely to find it helpful too.
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!
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.
space summaries and questions for AQA GCSE physics
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space summaries and questions for AQA GCSE physics

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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Diabetes role play
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Diabetes role play

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This role play is designed to help students more fully understand the body's normal response to sugar and the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes