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A bonafide Science Teacher (of 13 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 Science GCSE and Chemistry A-Level.

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A bonafide Science Teacher (of 13 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 Science GCSE and Chemistry A-Level.
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…).
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!
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.
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!
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.
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).
Reactivity of Metals (full lesson inc Practical) - KS3 Chemistry
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Reactivity of Metals (full lesson inc Practical) - KS3 Chemistry

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This is a very simple KS3 Chemistry lesson to introduce the concept of reactivity and the reactivity series of metals. Resource includes a very self explanatory powerpoint (including a technician list for ordering practical equipment), an introduction to the reactivity series plus a straight forward practical for students to deduce the order of reactivity of 4 metals to help fill in the gaps of the reactivity series they have been given. I have produced a practical hand out with a simple equipment list and method plus a pre-drawn table to help students get started straight away or feel free to get them designing their own if you wish. Finally students will need to write brief conclusions regarding their results and then move on to some higher order prediction making for other metals based on their results. Download it, open it and it’s ready to go! (The only prep you’ll need to do is ordering your practical kit!)
Atomic Number and Mass Number (full lesson) - GCSE Chemistry/ Combined Science (9-1)
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Atomic Number and Mass Number (full lesson) - GCSE Chemistry/ Combined Science (9-1)

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Who? For you lucky people teaching the new Chemistry/ Combined Science GCSE (2016). Also for those of you requiring a straightforward and simple lesson on atomic number, mass number plus how to use them to calculate numbers of the sub-atomic particles in an atom. This lesson has been made with reference to the new Edexcel Spec. What? This is a whole lesson on one powerpoint. A starter/ diagnostic to see what your group know about the atom already. Learning objectives, worked examples with answers, class tasks with answers (all written in the ‘notes’ section of the powerpoint). This lesson is ready to go but still offers you flexibility to offer group work or peer teaching style tasks if you wish. Everything you need is here as powerpoint slides can be printed as ‘worksheets’ if needed.
The BIG GCSE Chemistry (9-1) Revision Quiz - TOPIC 2 (States of Matter and Separation)
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The BIG GCSE Chemistry (9-1) Revision Quiz - TOPIC 2 (States of Matter and Separation)

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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! Keep your eyes peeled for TOPIC 3 next…
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!
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
GCSE Chemistry (9-1)-TOPIC 5 Transition Metals, Corrosion & Alloying
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GCSE Chemistry (9-1)-TOPIC 5 Transition Metals, Corrosion & Alloying

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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… transition metals and their properties tarnish and oxidation of metals corrosion rusting of iron and steel ways to reduce corrosion and oxidation pure metals vs alloyed metals (the good old stock answer “layers slide etc etc”) 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.
Electronic Configuration (worksheet) - GCSE Chemistry/ Combined Science (9-1)
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Electronic Configuration (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 for your students to complete on the first 20 elements of the periodic table. What? This worksheet requires students to look up each element (from the top 20) in the periodic table to deduce how many electrons. They will then need to apply the 2, 8, 8 rule and away they go! A couple of bonus questions at the end… (Answers are on included on the second sheet - all electronic configurations given to save you looking them up!)
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!!)
Perseverance and Failure Full Assembly - The Path to Success(ppt)
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Perseverance and Failure Full Assembly - The Path to Success(ppt)

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This 20 slide (plus one slide of teacher notes at the beginning) editable assembly covers the topic perseverance and failure. It offers opportunity to think about the importance of failure, perseverance, hard work and patience which contribute to reaching success. This powerpoint includes text, photos and videos with advice on delivery of the assembly in the notes section of each slide. The notes can easily be printed and so this assembly really is ready to go! This assembly has been made with secondary school audiences in mind. For example, potentially perfect to give this assembly just before a round of mock exams for Key Stage 4 or 5.
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.
Identifying Functional Groups and Homologous Series - Organic Chemistry I ( A-Level Chemistry)
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Identifying Functional Groups and Homologous Series - Organic Chemistry I ( A-Level Chemistry)

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A lesson for early on in the Organic Chemistry topic of A-Level Chemistry, introducing the idea of functional groups and homologous series. Students will carry out an independent task to find out the functional groups from a given list plus the general formula and homologous series they belong to. I have also included an exam question to assess understanding at the end of the lesson or to set as a homework for lesson follow up (answer included).
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.