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A Chemistry teacher by training and Public Services teacher by accident, I teach all of the Sciences and the wide range of subjects found within Public Services. When not teaching, I glide to get away from it all!

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A Chemistry teacher by training and Public Services teacher by accident, I teach all of the Sciences and the wide range of subjects found within Public Services. When not teaching, I glide to get away from it all!
AQA C1 Atomic Structure Summary and Revision
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AQA C1 Atomic Structure Summary and Revision

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This is a summary and revision of the AQA C1 Atomic Structure unit. This is planned for an entire lesson at the end of the topic and covers all of the content in two sections. The first section is the starter and main part of the lesson and covers Atomic Structure, History of the Atom and Separating Techniques. For the starter, students are asked to complete one set of questions. The main part of the lesson allows the students to complete a set of key notes on each topic before answering a set of questions. They are to start with the topic that they ignored in the starter because it was too hard. There are two levels of questions for each topic and the student can either choose their level or be directed by you. Answers are provided for the students to self assess. If they do not meet the minimum requirement to demonstrate understanding, a mini masterclass can be run to reinforce the key topics. An exam style question for each topic is provided. The plenary is about balancing equations and students are given the rules, a brief overview of writing equations and practice questions with answers. I have run this lesson with a challenge for the main part of the lesson. Prizes awarded for the first student to complete all of the notes and questions for each topic; highest mark overall; highest mark for each section etc…
The Role of Non-Statutory Public Services in the UK
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The Role of Non-Statutory Public Services in the UK

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This is part of the L3 BTEC Public Services Unit 3 Citizenship unit and looks at the role of non-statutory public services in the UK. Students are given a recap about the difference between statutory and non-statutory public services before being given some levelled guided research to complete into the different non-statutory public services in the UK and their role supporting society and the statutory public services.
AQA CH2 Making Salts
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AQA CH2 Making Salts

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A lesson that covers how salts are made with a scavenger hunt for the students. They need to be given a copy of the Notes to Make Sheet and will need to decipher the clues to complete the gaps. The powerpoint then goes through the tasks and the students have an assessment point before they have to decide which route to take. Worksheets needed for these routes are labelled and described in the powerpoint. One of worksheets is from creative-chemistry.org.uk as it was so good, I didn't see the point in reinventing the wheel - it is not my work.
Ionic, Covalent and Metallic Bonding
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Ionic, Covalent and Metallic Bonding

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Summary assessment lesson for the new AQA GCSE spec. Students assess their prior learning in the starter by choosing a set of questions to answer. In the main activity, they need to make the key notes on the three topics which can be added to from textbooks/ revision guides etc. The topic that they start with is the topic that they ignored because it was too hard in the starter. Once they have made notes, they complete a set of questions before self assessing with the mark scheme. There are differentiated questions for ionic and covalent bonding. Plenary is an exam question to check understanding. I have run this as a challenge race where students record their scores for the 3 topics on the board and prizes are awarded for the highest mark in each section, the highest total mark and the first person to complete all three sections. It has worked well with a low ability and low motivation group.
Calculating Masses in Reactions, Percentage Composition and Percentage Yield
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Calculating Masses in Reactions, Percentage Composition and Percentage Yield

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This lesson takes students through the way to calculate masses in a reaction and covers a very simple definition of a mole. It moves onto Percentage Composition before having a checkpoint for the students to assess their learning and choose which independent learning task that they are going to complete. Worksheets are provided (with answers) for both of these tasks. The plenary is to write a tweet to explain what they have learnt in the lesson.
AQA P15 Magnets and Electromagnets
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AQA P15 Magnets and Electromagnets

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This is designed as the first lesson in the AQA P15 Electromagnetism topic. It is a practical lesson where the students carry out a range of investigations in order to find out about the properties of magnets. Equipment needed for the students: bar magnets; thread; plotting compasses; wooden clamp stands (if available) and paperclips. Equipment needed for the teacher to demo: OHP; iron filings; electromagnet. The three investigations are clearly explained and then there is a slide of differentiated questions. The final slides are images that may be useful in a class discussion about magnetic fields if an OHP is not available.
AQA C3 Structure and Bonding Revision
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AQA C3 Structure and Bonding Revision

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Revision for the AQA C3 Structure and Bonding unit. The questions on the sheet cover all of the areas in the topic and will provide a revision sheet for the students once completed. I recommend printing back to back onto A3. I have used it: As a starter to identify areas of weakness. As a final summary before the end of unit test. This can be in class or as homework. A group activity during the lesson. Students work in pairs and take it in turns to answer the questions on the sheet. Once the first person has answered a question, their partner can either answer another one, add to the previous answer or, using a different colour, correct a previous answer.
C8 Rates and Equilibrium Summary
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C8 Rates and Equilibrium Summary

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A summary sheet for the AQA 9-1 C8 Rates and Equilibrium topic. Once students have completed it, they will have all of the key information needed for the topic.
Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration
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Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration

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Students will learn about the two types of respiration and will carry out a practical in order to find out what is produced in aerobic respiration. The lesson starts with the common misconception that respiration and breathing are the same thing and clarifies the differences. Students then move on to identifying what is produced by aerobic respiration in order to plan an investigation to find out which of two flasks of germinating peas is respiring. A planning template is provided for the students to follow. The experiment can be easily set up by having two sealed vacuum flasks, one with hot water peas and one with room temperature water and peas with thermometers. A delivery tube can also be attached to test for carbon dioxide using a bicarbonate indicator. You may need to “fudge” the set up in order to ensure that carbon dioxide is being produced by the correct flask.
Naming Organic Compounds
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Naming Organic Compounds

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The first lesson for Y12 Organic Chemistry. This should involve refreshing from GCSE but does take the process of naming compounds in a step-by-step manner before giving some compounds to have a go at naming.
Tissues, Organs and the Digestive System Exam Preparation
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Tissues, Organs and the Digestive System Exam Preparation

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Designed to act as a summary for the Organisation and the Digestive System GCSE topic, this covers the key areas that students need to know. This was tailored for my lower ability GCSE class but can be easily tailored to the needs of your class by changing some of the questions on the last slide as required.
B9 Respiration - Responses to Exercise
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B9 Respiration - Responses to Exercise

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This is part of the AQA B9 Respiration topic and covers a practical to find out the effect of exercise on the body. This takes students through how to take a pulse and then step by step the practical method. The tables of results are provided for the four stages of the experiment. You will need to have a timer on screen if you are doing it whole class or stopwatches if they are going to work in pairs/individually. There are two sets of questions (using the data and making conclusions) at the end that can either both be completed or just one depending on the ability of your group. This was designed for a middle ability group.
Introduction to Human Rights
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Introduction to Human Rights

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This was designed as part of the L3 BTEC Public Services Unit 1 Goverment and Politics unit and is the introduction to the section on Human Rights. This was set as independent study in order to prepare for the lessons but could also be taught as a seminar.
B10 Principles of Homeostasis
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B10 Principles of Homeostasis

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This is for the AQA B10 Human Nervous System topic and is the first lesson in the topic covering homeostasis. There are two starter activities provided to choose from depending on the ability of your group and their prior knowledge. The lesson takes students through developing definitions of homeostasis and key terms before finishing with a set of questions for which they will need access to textbooks.
Who Can Stand for Election?
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Who Can Stand for Election?

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This is designed for the L3 BTEC Public Services Unit 1 Government and Politics unit and covers the requirements candidates must meet in order to stand for election in the UK. This provides students with the notes that they will need to complete one of the assignments in the unit. The lesson was designed to be an independent study task but can also be taught.
AQA 9-1 C1 Atomic Structure Revision
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AQA 9-1 C1 Atomic Structure Revision

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A quick and easy revision game for the C1 Atomic Structure unit. There are two sets of questions for students to play in pairs. Students are to throw the dice but cannot move until they have correctly answered the question asked by their partner. I get the students to use pencil sharpeners or rubbers as their counters. I have included two versions of the snakes and ladders board - short and long for you to decide which to use with your students.
AQA P7 Radioactivity
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AQA P7 Radioactivity

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This was designed as an introductory lesson to radioactivity to a low ability group and covers the first lesson in the AQA P7 Radioactivity topic. Students are taken back to the structure of the atom to ensure that they are confident about the terminology of subatomic particles before moving on to look at the three types of radioactive decay. As a practical is not always possible depending on the policy about radioactive sources in schools, I found a virtual lab online, (link in the presentation and here: http://www.gigaphysics.com/gmtube_lab.html), which allows you to either demonstrate to the whole class or to allow students to carry out investigations on their own. Tables of results are provided. Example data has been put into the tables on the slides to allow discussion. A conclusion is then written about the practical with students having to complete the core question and one other. Students are then given a choice of differentiated questions to complete the lesson. There are some extra slides at the end to help in discussion.
B10 Human Nervous System Summary
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B10 Human Nervous System Summary

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This covers all of the key information that students need for the AQA B10 Human Nervous System topic. This can either be given as a graphic organiser to structure homework or as a prompt in lessons to direct revision. I have used it printed out double sided on A3 for students to complete and then keep in a revision folder in preparation for their GCSE exams. The questions in boxes with dotted lines are more challenging.
B9 Respiration Summary
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B9 Respiration Summary

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Designed for a middle ability group, this is a summary of the AQA B9 Respiration topic. This can either be set as a graphic orgnaiser for homework or used in lesson as a prompt for students to complete their revision.