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A bonafide Science Teacher (of 10 years), and Head of Year, from Gloucestershire offering tried and tested resources to save you the time and energy when planning. There's no point reinventing the wheel! Watch out for new resources to help you meet the demands of teaching the new Science GCSE.

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A bonafide Science Teacher (of 10 years), and Head of Year, from Gloucestershire offering tried and tested resources to save you the time and energy when planning. There's no point reinventing the wheel! Watch out for new resources to help you meet the demands of teaching the new Science GCSE.
Forensic Murder Mystery Project (bloodsplatter, hair and fibre and urine analysis) - KS3/KS4 Science and STEM
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Forensic Murder Mystery Project (bloodsplatter, hair and fibre and urine analysis) - KS3/KS4 Science and STEM

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For anyone trying to plan something creative to allow various science skills to be developed. This project/lesson has so much scope. At a push this could be done in a lesson and then perhaps for homework but it would work a lot better if a few of hours of time was given to make a good job of it! The project would sit nicely anywhere within the year or would make a great end of term activity as it is a completely ‘stand alone’ topic. Perhaps you could use this in a STEM week or during Science week? This bundle of resources contains powerpoints to guide through the project as well as teacher/technician notes, lesson plans, plus some suspect profiles to work out ‘whodunnit’. I have included a student worksheets to allow them to gather and record data and draw conclusions. Students will need to carry out practical activities as part of this project so only download if you have the capacity to set these up! Students will have to consider how to control various elements of the project/investigation and how to improve accuracy, repeatability, precision etc. They will then need to plot graphs of their results, draw observations from microscopes and carry out chemical food tests before drawing a final conclusion. I love using this resource! It is fully editable but gives you a resource you can use straight away (you’ll just need to talk to your technicians about making some fake blood, urine and hair and fibre samples…).
Preventing Spread of Disease (Activity) - KS3 Microbes and Disease
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Preventing Spread of Disease (Activity) - KS3 Microbes and Disease

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This resource consists of various fact sheets summarising methods to help with the prevention of the spread of disease. It is accompanied by a table which students can use to organise and present the key information gathered. This task could be run as a ‘circus’ whereby students visit various stations to gather information. It could also used as a marketplace type activity during which pairs/groups of students are given one of the topics and need to orchestrate a 2 minute ‘teach back’ on their topic to the rest of the group.
Selective Breeding Christmas Reindeer (Activity/Homework Project) - (KS3) Genetics
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Selective Breeding Christmas Reindeer (Activity/Homework Project) - (KS3) Genetics

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Though about reindeer and the Christmas ‘feel’, this activity can be done at any time of the year (ie whenever you’re teaching genetics!) or could be unleashed as a stand alone Christmas end of term type activity. It could also be sent home as a project too. All instructions are on the sheet and students have free reign to be as creative as they like. The thing I find when teaching selective breeding is the misconception that it’s as easy as A + B = perfect C and students forget that the process is lengthy as many rounds of breeding need to be done to iron out the unwanted features etc. As a result, I’ve popped in a little extension question at the end to get them thinking! Though aimed at KS3 this could easily be used for lower ability KS4.
GCSE Chemistry (9-1)-TOPIC 5 Quantitative Analysis  (Knowledge Organiser)
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GCSE Chemistry (9-1)-TOPIC 5 Quantitative Analysis (Knowledge Organiser)

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A great knowledge organiser all boiled down to one sheet. My revision methods are quite simple in my lessons - SPEC IT, REVISE IT, TEST IT. If students know EXACTLY WHAT they need to revise (using the specification checklist) it makes for smarter revision. If they can TEST THEMSELVES to measure their understanding - even better! This resource is a comprehensive but concise knowledge organiser covering the tough put essential Chemistry Calculations plus some great examples of model calculation answers. This knowledge organiser has been made against the Edexcel specification but would easily be applicable to others. Each revision point has been written in accordance with the specification section to help students translate the specification points. The Knowledge Organiser is applicable to students sitting standard or higher tier papers. Calculations included are… calculating concentrations (in g/dm3 and mol/dm3) calculating unknown concentrations using titration data gas volume calculations starting with mass of a reactant gas molar volume ratios
Blood splatter Forensic Murder Mystery Project (HSW/Skills/Graphs) - KS3/KS4 Science STEM
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Blood splatter Forensic Murder Mystery Project (HSW/Skills/Graphs) - KS3/KS4 Science STEM

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Who? For anyone trying to plan something creative to allow various science skills to be developed. This project/lesson has so much scope. At a push this could be done in a lesson and then perhaps for homework but it would work a lot better if a couple of hours of time was given to make a good job of it! The project would sit nicely anywhere within the year or would make a great end of term activity as it is a completely ‘stand alone’ topic. Perhaps you could use this in a STEM week or during Science week? This bundle of resources contains a powerpoint to guide through the project as well as teacher/technician notes, a detailed lesson plan, plus some suspect profiles to work out ‘whodunnit’. I have included a student sheet to allow them to gather and record data and draw conclusions. Students will need to drop ‘blood’ onto the floor/ a surface and gather a set of control diameters of blood splats which are created upon the blood hitting the floor. Students will have to consider how to control various elements of the project/investigation and how to improve accuracy, repeatability, precision etc. They will then need to plot a graph of their results before drawing a final conclusion. I love using this resource! It is fully editable but gives you a resource you can use straight away (you’ll just need to talk to your technicians about making some fake blood…). Enjoy!
Coloured Light/ Seeing Colour (Activities/Worksheet) - (KS3) Light
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Coloured Light/ Seeing Colour (Activities/Worksheet) - (KS3) Light

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This differentiated worksheet builds in demand as you work through it and so there really is something for everyone. It begins simply with the primary and secondary colours, what they are and how they are formed (secondary). The activity then moves on to how we see coloured light and how/why objects appear certain colours under white light and then finally under different coloured light. This activity is essentially a good assessment tool of a really tricky topic. I’ve included answers to the questions to save you having to do the thinking! They are essentially a set of model answers which you could even give students.
Hair & Fibre Analysis Forensic Murder Mystery Project (Microscopes/HSW/Skills)-KS3/KS4 Science STEM
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Hair & Fibre Analysis Forensic Murder Mystery Project (Microscopes/HSW/Skills)-KS3/KS4 Science STEM

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Who? For anyone trying to plan something creative to allow various science skills to be developed. This project/lesson has so much scope. This could be delivered as a stand alone lesson or coupled with my other forensic project lessons to create an extended investigation. The project would sit nicely anywhere within the year or would make a great end of term activity as it is a completely ‘stand alone’ topic. Perhaps you could use this in a STEM week or during Science week? This bundle of resources contains a powerpoint to guide through the project as well as teacher/technician notes, a detailed lesson plan, plus some suspect profiles to work out ‘whodunnit’. I have included a student sheet to allow them to gather and record observations and draw conclusions. Students will need to set up a microscope to observe some pre-prepared slides showing hair and fibre samples and draw their observations. This resource is fully editable but can be used straight away (you’ll just need to talk to your technicians about making some hair and fibre slides using the suspect profiles for guidance…). Enjoy!
Fire Extinguishers and Fire Triangle - (KS3) Chemical Reactions
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Fire Extinguishers and Fire Triangle - (KS3) Chemical Reactions

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A simple resource/worksheet to get students thinking about real life fire scenarios and how most appropriately to break the fire triangle to extinguish the fire. Students are given four different fire scenarios. For each they need to draw the type of fire and then decide upon the best way of extinguishing it and then explain why.
Electricity Class/Homework Booklet - (KS3) Electricity
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Electricity Class/Homework Booklet - (KS3) Electricity

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This great booklet contains 5 different tasks which would be ready to introduce at the very beginning of your electricity topic teaching. The booklet focuses on electrical safety but also where electricity is used everyday plus one task to start getting them to think about how they might experimentally solve some problems to do with electricity. All five tasks could be completed or the booklet could be broken down into individual activities. Would make a great holiday project or and introduction to the topic homework project.
Empirical Formulae and Relative Formula Mass Calcs (full lesson) - GCSE Chem/ Comb Science (9-1)
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Empirical Formulae and Relative Formula Mass Calcs (full lesson) - GCSE Chem/ Comb Science (9-1)

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Who? For those teaching the new Chemistry/ Combined Science GCSE (2016). Also for those of you requiring a straightforward and simple lesson on calculating relative formula mass and discovering how to deduce empirical formula using the molecular formula of a compound. What? This is a whole lesson on one powerpoint. A starter mass quiz, Learning objectives, worked examples with answers, class tasks with answers (differentiated up to challenge your more able), exam questions with markschemes to share with your group. This lesson is ready to go but still offers you flexibility to offer group work or peer teaching style tasks if you wish.
Renewable Energy Pros and Cons (card sort) - (KS3/KS4) Energy
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Renewable Energy Pros and Cons (card sort) - (KS3/KS4) Energy

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A set of cards which just need printing and snipping to provide a nice card sort activity. Once the pros and cons have been sorted, this task could then be extended by asking students to rank effectiveness of the resource or perhaps rank how useful they might be if installed in the UK. A great resource with lots of scope to be creative! (I’ve just saved you the time of creating all the cards!!)
Stopping Distance Card Sort (Activity) - GCSE Physics/Combined Science (9-1)
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Stopping Distance Card Sort (Activity) - GCSE Physics/Combined Science (9-1)

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Who? For those who are teaching GCSE Physics ‘Motion’, specifically ‘Stopping Distances’. This is a card sort for students to decide which factors fall into the ‘thinking distance’ pile and which the ‘braking distance’ pile. What? This is a grid of different factors which students may discuss and decide whether they affect the thinking or braking (or both) distance of a vehicle. There will be plenty of opportunity to debate which are worse. This activity is flexible enough to become a ‘diamond 9’ type activity too. How? Cards can be cut out and arranged or colour coded.
Calculating Masses and Moles (worksheet) - GCSE Chemistry/Combined Science (9-1)
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Calculating Masses and Moles (worksheet) - GCSE Chemistry/Combined Science (9-1)

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Who? For those teaching the new Chemistry/ Combined Science GCSE (2016). Also for those of you requiring a clear and simple worksheet to allow students to practice how to calculate masses and number of moles. What? This worksheet requires students to calculate the mass of 1 mole of a substance plus to calculate the number of moles in a substance of given mass. This sheet is scaffolded to support the development of the ‘moles’ idea and includes the brilliant moles equation triangle to support later/more challenging questions. Students will need a periodic table. You just need to print the sheet! I’ve even included answers for all questions so you really do not have to do anything!
GCSE Chemistry (9-1)-TOPIC 3 Electrolysis Knowledge Organiser
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GCSE Chemistry (9-1)-TOPIC 3 Electrolysis Knowledge Organiser

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A great knowledge organiser all boiled down to one sheet. If students know EXACTLY WHAT they need to revise (using the specification checklist) it makes for smarter revision. If they can TEST THEMSELVES to measure their understanding - even better! This resource is a comprehensive but concise knowledge organiser covering… Electrolysis key definitions Predicting the products of an electrolysis experiment (a great flow diagram to make this easier for students!) Half equations Purifying Copper oxidation and reduction
Ionic or Covalent? (worksheet) - GCSE Chemistry/ Combined Science (9-1)
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Ionic or Covalent? (worksheet) - GCSE Chemistry/ Combined Science (9-1)

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Who? For students struggling to remember the difference between Ionic and Covalent bonding. An opportunity to be able to practise spotting whether a chemical is using Ionic or Covalent bonding. Including some simple rules to help remember. What? A worksheet which can be used as a main activity or as a starter/ revision piece. This resource has been made with the new GCSE Chemistry Specification (Edexcel) in mind.
GCSE Chemistry (9-1) - Moles Equation Triangles Summary
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GCSE Chemistry (9-1) - Moles Equation Triangles Summary

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How many times do we find ourselves trying to show our students how different chemistry equations link together?! Too many. Well here is an excellent, condensed summary of all the Chemistry calculations which involve moles. My students love this sheet (if that’s possible?!) as it brings it all together. This can be used with both Standard tier or Higher Tier students (it does include the Avogadro Constant, which is found in HT). Equations included are… Avogadro’s constant/moles/No. of particles concentration/moles/volume concentration/mass/volume moles/mass/relative mass Molar gas volume/moles/volume I have also included conversion of dm3 into cm3 plus a couple of extra rules/definitions taken from th specification. This worksheet has been made using the Edexcel Specification but could absolutely be used against other specifications (including A-Level).
Disease Names and Symptoms - "Doctor, Doctor!" (Game/Activity) - KS3 Microbes and Disease
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Disease Names and Symptoms - "Doctor, Doctor!" (Game/Activity) - KS3 Microbes and Disease

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This is a simple and versatile resource which could be used in a number of ways! Resource consists of two documents containing ‘patient’ statements, detailing a list of symptoms for a disease plus a matching ‘doctor’ statement to diagnose the disease. This resource could be used as a… 'match ‘em up’ Loop game Memory game role play …etc. Statements are in Word and so editable.