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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.

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.
Diversity and Inclusion Full Assembly - It's ok to be different (ppt)
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Diversity and Inclusion Full Assembly - It's ok to be different (ppt)

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A 25 slide editable assembly including pictures, text and embedded video (if videos do not play links are provided). An important assembly topic covering the issue of diversity and pressures on young people to not be different. Assembly includes opportunity for thought provoking questions and time to reflect on how they feel about being ‘different’ and how they support one another on feeling ok about being different. Guidance on delivery of this assembly is given in the notes section of each slide. This assembly is made ready to go for secondary school age groups.
Menstrual Cycle Calendar (Activity) - KS3/KS4 Reproduction/Hormones
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Menstrual Cycle Calendar (Activity) - KS3/KS4 Reproduction/Hormones

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This lovely resource allows students to present details on the menstrual cycle in a creative and visual way. It is a blank calendar for the month of February (28 days = perfect!) with a diagram of the cycle and the key events which take place plus an incomplete, colour coded key. Students task is to research, find out information to complete the empty boxes under the calendar and describe the main stages of the cycle. This can then be colour coded on to the calendar with colouring pencils. The task can be extended to challenge students to research what is occurring in terms of hormone activity too!
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…).
Influencing Others Full Assembly - positive and negative influence (ppt)
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Influencing Others Full Assembly - positive and negative influence (ppt)

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This 15 slide editable assembly provides pictures, videos and text to provide a platform for reflecting on the important topic of how we influence others. Both positive and negative impact is referred to, with the focus steering towards how we can have more of a positive impact on the people around us. Students often do not realise the impact they are having on people and so this topic is an important one. It would be a good build up to an anti bullying assembly. This assembly is aimed at secondary school year groups. Advice on the delivery of the assembly and links to videos can be found in the notes section of the powerpoint (which can then be printed before the assembly takes place).
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!
Calculating Moles and Masses (full lesson) - GCSE Chemistry/ Combined Science (9-1)
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Calculating Moles and Masses (full lesson) - GCSE Chemistry/ Combined Science (9-1)

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Who? For people teaching the new Chemistry/ Combined Science GCSE (2016). Also for those of you requiring a straight forward and simple lesson on defining moles, calculating masses using number of moles and calculating number of moles using masses. This lesson has been made with reference to the new Edexcel Specification but could easily be applied to AQA, OCR etc. What will you get? This is a whole lesson on one powerpoint. A starter task to get students thinking about relative mass (assuming calculation of relative mass has already been taught - if not, check out my shop and find a full lesson there!), Learning objectives, class tasks with answers (all written in the ‘notes’ section of the powerpoint) and a plenary quiz to really make sure they have met the learning objectives. This lesson is ready to go but still offers you flexibility in terms of delivery. Everything you need is here as powerpoint slides which can be printed as ‘worksheets’ if needed. LOTS of questions included for LOTS of practice.
Urine Analysis Forensic Murder Mystery Project (Food Tests/Skills/HSW) - KS3/KS4 Science STEM
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Urine Analysis Forensic Murder Mystery Project (Food Tests/Skills/HSW) - 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! Have a look at my other forensic resources which this could be combined with! 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 lesson could also be used within a Biology topic which involves ‘food tests’ (sugar and protein). This bundle of resources contains a powerpoint to guide through the project as well as teacher/technician notes, a lesson plan, plus a student worksheet to allow them to gather and record data and draw conclusions. Students will need to test four different urine samples for the presence of sugar and protein (these will need to be prepared - see tech notes) using the benedicts and sodium hydroxide/copper sulfate solutions. 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 record their observations as they go along (this can be done on the student sheet). Great 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 urine…). Enjoy!
GCSE Chemistry (9-1) - TOPIC 7 Heat Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions Knowledge Organiser
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GCSE Chemistry (9-1) - TOPIC 7 Heat Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions Knowledge Organiser

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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 Heat Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions (including bond energy calculations/ exothermic vs endothermic and energy profiles - I’ve also included my nifty way of helping students remember the difference between making and breaking bonds in terms of their exothermic and endothermic properties!). This knowledge organiser has been made against the Edexcel specification but would easily be applicable to others. The Knowledge Organiser is applicable to students sitting standard or higher tier papers (studying Separate or Combined Science routes). Each revision point has been written as a typical ‘stock exam answer’ and cuts out all the waffle.
Separating liquids Match 'em Up (Activity) - (KS3) States of Matter/ Separation Techniques
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Separating liquids Match 'em Up (Activity) - (KS3) States of Matter/ Separation Techniques

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A great visual activity which would sit nicely anywhere in the lesson or as a homework. Students need to match terms to definitions but also to a diagram which represents the word or process. Really useful to support students in their understanding. This activity could be done as a cut and stick or, if you don’t like the faff of glue and scissors (like me!) then there are plenty of other ways for students to match. A good activity to build up their glossary of words in a topic where there are many new terms to learn! Aimed at KS3 but could support lower ability KS4.
GCSE Chemistry (9-1)- COMMON TOPICS  Knowledge Organiser (Ionic equations, ion formula, hazards)
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GCSE Chemistry (9-1)- COMMON TOPICS Knowledge Organiser (Ionic equations, ion formula, hazards)

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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… common formula ionic formula to learn (simple and compound) word equations balanced equation writing ionic equation writing hazard symbols and precautions to reduce risk.
Acid or Not? Sorting Task - (KS3) Acids and Alkalis
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Acid or Not? Sorting Task - (KS3) Acids and Alkalis

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A simple starter for students to sort pictures of different products and group them as acids or alkalis. Students could then be challenged to predict the pH of the products too. Totally editable if you’re not a fan of cut and stick, this could be done as a simple ‘circle the acids’ etc task.
Growth of a Foetus (Graph Plotting Activity) - KS3 Reproduction/Skills
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Growth of a Foetus (Graph Plotting Activity) - KS3 Reproduction/Skills

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This simple activity offers you a small data set for students to plot in as a line graph (you’ll need graph paper!). It also provides descriptions which can be ‘cut and stuck’ or annotated onto the graph to summarise the different stages of foetal growth. Once the graph and descriptions are in place there should be plenty of opportunity to question/extend your students by getting them to think about the different stages of the graph. Eg Where is growth most rapid? Why might that be? How might the woman be feeling during these stages? Why? You get the idea! Great or graph plotting skills development too.
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.
Identifying Organic Unknowns/Qualitative Analysis (Activity) - A-Level Chemistry
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Identifying Organic Unknowns/Qualitative Analysis (Activity) - A-Level Chemistry

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This super resource will challenge your students plus help in preparing them for synoptic style questions. It is an activity which can be run in groups or individually depending on your group. It would make a great competition or equally as an exam style problem. This will test students knowledge of qualitative tests as well as being able to read and interpret all spectra (HNMR, CNMR, Mass Spectrometry and Infrared Spectroscopy). Students will have to combine their skills to identify four unknowns given only qualitative test results and spectra. They will need to deduce the structure and name of the four unknowns with no help from you! A full set of instructions plus all the answers/ solutions are included too, so you really don’t have to do ANY of the work! This activity is tried and tested and well received! IT has been designed with the Edexcel Specification in mind but will apply to others. Enjoy! (Reviews welcome as I’d love to hear what your students thought).
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.
The BIG GCSE Chemistry (9-1) Revision Quiz - TOPIC 1 & 2 Bundle
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The BIG GCSE Chemistry (9-1) Revision Quiz - TOPIC 1 & 2 Bundle

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Two GIANT GCSE Chemistry (9-1) quizzes covering TOPIC 1 and 2 of the Edexcel Specification (although topics will definitely be in other specifications AQA, OCR etc). PLUS a great, visual knowledge organiser for TOPIC 1 to accompany quiz. First powerpoint… A 141 (!!!) slide powerpoint delivered as a Big Quiz covering TOPIC 1 content of the Edexcel Specification (though this can easily be used against other specifications). Topic 1 is split into sub-topics and so there are 6 rounds in total. Round 1 - Atomic Structure Round 2 - Periodic Table Round 3 - Ionic Bonding Round 4 - Covalent Bonding Round 5 - Types of Substance Round 6 - Calculations involving mass Second powerpoint… A 53 (!) slide powerpoint delivered as a Big Quiz covering TOPIC 2 content of the Edexcel Specification (though this can easily be used against other specifications). Topic 2 is split into sub-topics and so there are 2 rounds in total. Round 1 - States of Matter Round 2 - Separation of mixtures techniques Each question has been written using the specification and answers generated against mark schemes from exam style questions. Following each round of questions come a round of answers so students can peer mark or you can. Though one massive quiz, this resource could easily be used as a whole lesson, starters, to formatively assess after revision sessions - whatever you like! I’m using them in my revision sessions and Chemistry booster sessions!
The BIG GCSE Chemistry (9-1) Revision Quiz - TOPIC 1 (Atom Structure, Periodic Tab, Ionic, Covalent)
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The BIG GCSE Chemistry (9-1) Revision Quiz - TOPIC 1 (Atom Structure, Periodic Tab, Ionic, Covalent)

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A 141 (!!!) slide powerpoint delivered as a Big Quiz covering TOPIC 1 content of the Edexcel Specification (though this can easily be used against other specifications). Topic 1 is split into sub-topics and so there are 6 rounds in total. Round 1 - Atomic Structure Round 2 - Periodic Table Round 3 - Ionic Bonding Round 4 - Covalent Bonding Round 5 - Types of Substance Round 6 - Calculations involving mass Each question has been written using the specification and answers generated against mark schemes from exams. Following each round of questions come a round of answers so students can peer mark or you can. Though one massive quiz, this resource could easily be used as a whole lesson, starters, to formatively assess after revision sessions - whatever you like! Keep your eyes peeled for TOPIC 2 onwards…