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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
Balancing Equations
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Balancing Equations

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In my experience (over 20 years!) this method of explaining how to balance equations has never failed. That's a bold claim but students unfailingly enjoy this activity and find it really helpful . Note that a molymod molecular model kit (or similar) is required. Also included are a two worksheets which allow students to practise writing equations without the models.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions
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Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions

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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.
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.
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.
Energy Stores and Transfers using new language
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Energy Stores and Transfers using new language

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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