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Over the last five years I have found the best way to stimulate learning is through engaging lessons. Lessons which apply scientific content to unusual, topical or popular scenarios. I currently have a range of premium and free resources to look through. I will continue to upload these resources as and when I can. Feel free to review, tweet or contact me regarding these resources or for ideas on current topics you are struggling to make engaging.

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Over the last five years I have found the best way to stimulate learning is through engaging lessons. Lessons which apply scientific content to unusual, topical or popular scenarios. I currently have a range of premium and free resources to look through. I will continue to upload these resources as and when I can. Feel free to review, tweet or contact me regarding these resources or for ideas on current topics you are struggling to make engaging.
Disney's Up! Expansion and Contraction

Disney's Up! Expansion and Contraction

Russell the Wilderness Explorer wants to earn his expansion and contraction badge, can you help? Students become adventure explorers and earn badges by defining key terms from earlier on in the unit. Students watch classic demonstrations (could be completed as class experiments) and video clips from the movie to help them explain why particles expand when heated and contract during cooling. Higher students are introduced to the idea of density before answering and evaluating an assessed question. I used this lesson very successfully in an Ofsted observation. Students find this lesson incredibly engaging- I thought I'd share this resource for free due to the Disney copy right issues etc.
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Jumping in Space: How Much Do You Mass?

Jumping in Space: How Much Do You Mass?

Students use their understanding of mass and weight to test how high they can jump on different planets. Using metre rulers, calculators and some enthusiasm students can multiply their average jump by the relative mass of each of the planets in the solar system. This lesson was pitched to a low ability class that needed an active way to practice their mathematics skills.
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Simple distillation: Have I been poisoned?

Simple distillation: Have I been poisoned?

Students assist Doctor Gregory House M.D in diagnosing a patient of an unknown illness. Students use the diagnosis cards to discuss which disease or disorder the patient is suffering from. Students discover that the patient must be poisoned with arsenic, Oooo-eeer! Students learn about Simple Distillation equipment through a poster relay task. After the teacher discusses the explanation of removing soluble solutes the students complete a worksheet demonstrating their understanding.
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Diffusion Experiment (Part 1): How far away can a shark smell blood?

Diffusion Experiment (Part 1): How far away can a shark smell blood?

Students use their knowledge of diffusion to design an experiment that will help investigate how the distance of a shark's sense of smell varies in oceans of different temperatures. Students plan and complete a simple diffusion experiment using food colouring in water of different temperatures. Planning skills can be assessed through differentiated work.
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Seawater clean-up: Using Evaporation to separate salt from Water

Seawater clean-up: Using Evaporation to separate salt from Water

Students are asked to think about all of the chemicals and substances inside the oceans of the Earth. After probably getting a few answers like "fish" students should move onto ideas such as salt, sand, and pollutants. Students recap the idea of filtration to remove insoluble "garbage islands" from the sea and are then introduced to the idea of evaporation to remove the salt. The use of producing fresh water from brine as well as salt is discussed. After completing a class risk assessment, students complete a practical experiment. Evaporating salt from "seawater" in an evaporating dish. Students write their conclusion and then improve using expert language.
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Science Fair Scheme of Work

Science Fair Scheme of Work

A full KS3 scheme of work that contains six fully resourced lessons to allow your department to complete a Science Fair project. As a school we conducted this period for a two week cycle after half term to allow students to; produce an idea, write a hypothesis, plan a method, conduct an experiment of their choice and make their project. Class winners were chosen and then allowed to present their work in the hall for the rest of the school to see. This is the third year we have completed our science fair at my school. This year we had four entries that won prizes at the big bang fair regional competition. One of which was chosen as the Young scientist of the year regional winner and will be presenting their project nationally later next year. This pack contains: Assembly PowerPoint: To present to the whole school introducing the fair. Lesson 1: Producing an idea Lesson 2: Forming a Method Lesson 3: Pilot experiment Lesson 4: Experimental time Lesson 5: Conclusion and evaluation (making project) Lesson 6: Choosing a winner Lesson plans, resources and example project winners also included. I hope, if you are willing for a bit of chaos, that you see the same enthusiasm and creativity in your students as I have. good luck!
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Interpreting change of states: plotting graphs

Interpreting change of states: plotting graphs

Students use their results from a previous experiment of melting an ice cube to plot an annotated line graph. Documents are pitched towards a first term Year 7 class. Scaffolded work can be removed and higher differentiated sheet can be used for higher ability KS3 classes who can already plot line graphs independently. Students consolidate their understanding of melting points by applying it to unusual examples such as gallium metal.
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Separating a Mixture: Iron, sand and salt

Separating a Mixture: Iron, sand and salt

Students are introduced to the "horrific", yet incredibly improbable event of three lorries each containing sand, iron fillings and salt colliding. Their loads have been perfectly mixed and need separating... Students will work in groups to decide on how they might use their allocated equipment to separate these substances. Using content from the "ocean-clean up lesson", and "sieving for gold" lesson students will extract the iron fillings with magnets, use filtration to remove the sand filtrate and evaporation to remove the salt from the water.
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Metallic Bonding and metal properties (Edexcel New Spec)

Metallic Bonding and metal properties (Edexcel New Spec)

Students complete a Venn diagram using key terminology that describes physical properties of metals and non-metals. Students are introduced to the way metal atoms bond Students complete a poster swap task related to variations in different metals. Students complete a 6 mark question related to metallic bonds.
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KS3 Acids and Alkalis SOW

KS3 Acids and Alkalis SOW

KS3 scheme of work containing ten lessons equipped with lesson plans, PowerPoints, resources and tech notes. Lesson 1- How dangerous are acids? Lesson 2- Useful alkalis (indigestion experiment) Lesson 3- Indicators (testing different substances) Lesson 4- Natural indicators (red cabbage indicator) Lesson 5- Neutralisation (Forming a salt experiment) Lesson 6- Evaluating indicators (assessment) Lesson 7- Testing acid rain (using pH probes) Lesson 8- Using pH to solve a crime (soil sampling) Lesson 9- Higher: Acid bath murderer (concentration)
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Change of States: modelling particles

Change of States: modelling particles

KS3 introduction to changes of state. Through a range of kinaesthetic activities (such as describe-draw-show tasks and role plays) students are helped through an explanation of each process which leads to one state of matter changing to another.
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Simple distillation: Have I been poisoned?

Simple distillation: Have I been poisoned?

Students assist Doctor Gregory House M.D in diagnosing a patient of an unknown illness. Students use the diagnosis cards to discuss which disease or disorder the patient is suffering from. Students discover that the patient must be poisoned with arsenic, Oooo-eeer! Students learn about Simple Distillation equipment through a poster relay task. After the teacher discusses the explanation of removing soluble solutes the students complete a worksheet demonstrating their understanding.
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Jumping in Space: How Much Do You Mass?

Jumping in Space: How Much Do You Mass?

Students use their understanding of mass and weight to test how high they can jump on different planets. Using metre rulers, calculators and some enthusiasm students can multiply their average jump by the relative mass of each of the planets in the solar system. This lesson was pitched to a low ability class that needed an active way to practice their mathematics skills.
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Eating Behaviour: Psychological explanation to obesity (Psychology AQA A)

Eating Behaviour: Psychological explanation to obesity (Psychology AQA A)

A PowerPoint that runs through three theories related to the psychological explanation of obesity: restraint theory, boundary theory and disinhibition. The PowerPoint includes evaluative points and two tasks related to writing critical evaluative points. Students use their understanding to write the essay "Outline and evaluate research related to the psychological explanation of obesity".
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Thermal Conduction: Gordon Ramsey's Spoon

Thermal Conduction: Gordon Ramsey's Spoon

Using a classic conduction experiment to investigate which material will prevent Gordon Ramsey burning himself in the future. Students produce a conclusion and an evaluation of their findings.
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Conservation of Mass and reacting masses: New Spec Edexcel Sc9

Conservation of Mass and reacting masses: New Spec Edexcel Sc9

Students watch the teacher demonstrate lead nitrate reacting with Potassium Iodide, Copper reacting with oxygen and Magnesium reacting with hydrochloric acid to demonstrate conservation of mass in a closed and enclosed system. Students learn how to calculate reacting masses using a worked demo Students practice their knowledge by answering a series of questions Based upon page 74-75 of the Edexcel new specification
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Research  methods Scheme of Work (psychology AQA A)

Research methods Scheme of Work (psychology AQA A)

A complete research methods unit based around the new AQA A AS level syllabus. Fifteen lessons including PowerPoints (with lesson instructions), class activities, worksheets, articles and homeworks. (based around the AS complete companion AS/1 Fourth edition Cardwell & Flanagan) 1) Forming a Hypothesis (using a simple reaction time experiment) 2) Control Vs realism (introduction to the scientific method and vocabulary) 3) Experimental problems (introduction to demand characteristics and investigator effects) 4)Experimental Design (card sort of the designs and evaluations) 5) Sampling methods (class 'sampling pizza rotation task) 6) Types of experiment (Natural Vs Quasi) 7) Observation studies- Students design an observational experiment 8 + 9 ) Ethical issues (Students discuss the most unethical psychological experiments in history using a card sort) 10) Self reports (introduction to questionnaires and interviews) 11) Constructing a questionnaire 12) Central tendency (more lecture style) 13) Correlation studies (students collect data regarding themselves and spot trends) 14)Inferential testing (students practice the S-test) 15) Peer review
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Science Club Activity: Rocket Science

Science Club Activity: Rocket Science

These activities should last for three weeks and is designed for Year 7 and 8. sessions 1 introduces the very spectacular Methane oxygen rocker. Risk assessment and instructions are given. Session 2: Acid base rockets using vinegar and baking powder Session 3: Students use their acid base rockets to investigate how the amount of fuel, type of acid and concentration effect rocket height. After each session I make a video on the free replay app and add it to our school twitter page. they should give you a good idea of the activities. https://quik.gopro.com/v/oxR1vLo0Dz/ https://quik.gopro.com/v/om1c0F5cxN/ I use these sessions at the beginning of the year as students enjoy them a lot. I'll continue adding resources for the rest of the activities present on the SOW.
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Acid Bath Murderer: Concentration and Strength (higher ability)

Acid Bath Murderer: Concentration and Strength (higher ability)

Students are introduced to the gruesome actions of John Haigh the 'Acid Bath Murder of Crawley' through video clips and photographs. Students use their previous knowledge to discuss the dangers of certain types of acid. Students challenge their misconceptions of strength and concentration by completing a series of simple experiments dissolving magnesium in different concentrations of the same acid. Students consolidate their understanding through a series of levelled questions. Although designed as a final lesson to a higher level KS3 class, this could also be used as a stand alone Gifted and Talented lesson at any point in the year.
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Introduction to saturation: Five S's Treasure hunt

Introduction to saturation: Five S's Treasure hunt

If you were wondering they are: Solute, solvent, solution, saturation and Solubility... Students start the lesson by thinking of as many scientific questions they ask about the picture that is on the board (a cup of tea). Students should be prompted to think of as many aspects of science they can apply to this quite simple picture... teacher could write answers on the board and praise legitimate ideas. Use the starter to discuss the idea of the five S's. Student complete a table during a treasure hunt that includes definitions and examples. Students discuss answers and watch video clip to reinforce their understanding. The teacher demonstrates saturation and conservation of mass by adding a spatula of sugar into a beaker of warm water on a weighing scales. Students complete the worksheet in any order they like to demonstrate their ability.
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