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

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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.
Half life: What killed Alexander  Litvenenko?
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Half life: What killed Alexander Litvenenko?

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Students are introduced to Alexander Litvenenko and his "alleged" murder. Students are introduced to the idea of a half-life and how that rate can be used to calculate how long material has been decaying and analyzing material composition. Practical experiment: students use M&M sweets to draw a half life curve. by dropping M&M's and eating the sweets that land 'M' up (following lab safety of course) and plotting their findings. Repeating until they have none left. Students complete a worksheet to workout which material killed Alexander Litvenenko.
Science Club Activity: Rocket Science
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Science Club Activity: Rocket Science

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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.
Interpreting change of states: plotting graphs
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Interpreting change of states: plotting graphs

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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.
Separating a Mixture: Iron, sand and salt
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Separating a Mixture: Iron, sand and salt

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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.
KS3 Acids and Alkalis SOW
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KS3 Acids and Alkalis SOW

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

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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.
Metallic Bonding and metal properties (Edexcel New Spec)
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Metallic Bonding and metal properties (Edexcel New Spec)

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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.
insulation: Keeping Iron man warm...
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insulation: Keeping Iron man warm...

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Student's use simple pieces of equipment to choose a suitable material to pad the inside of Iron man&'s armor. Students then evaluate their choice. This can be completed over two lessons to allow adequate planning time.
Science Fair Scheme of Work
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Science Fair Scheme of Work

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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!
Acid Bath Murderer: Concentration and Strength (higher ability)
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Acid Bath Murderer: Concentration and Strength (higher ability)

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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.
Conservation of Mass and reacting masses: New Spec Edexcel Sc9
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Conservation of Mass and reacting masses: New Spec Edexcel Sc9

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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
Research  methods Scheme of Work (psychology AQA A)
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Research methods Scheme of Work (psychology AQA A)

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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
Cosmetic Surgery: Would You Have Plastic Surgery?
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Cosmetic Surgery: Would You Have Plastic Surgery?

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As part of the last week of term I let my Year 8 and 9's choose what they learn about. This one came up... It was very successful! -Students list as many types of surgery they know from their own knowledge before being introduced to a range of surgical techniques. -Students complete a diamond nine activity to introduce the idea that often patients undergo surgery for a range of different reasons and can often be very beneficial to their well being and quality of life. -Students discuss odd examples of cosmetic surgery that seem "abnormal" to us -Poster swap activity discussing techniques, cost, and risks -Student choose from a range of animated videos to finish of the lesson related to the techniques above.
Eating Behaviour: Psychological explanation to obesity (Psychology AQA A)
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Eating Behaviour: Psychological explanation to obesity (Psychology AQA A)

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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".
Chromatography: Is your teacher an alien? (KS3)
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Chromatography: Is your teacher an alien? (KS3)

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Students read through the accounts of two cartoon characters to introduce the idea regarding the difference between science and opinion. Students are then introduced to a scenario involving the head teacher receiving the disturbing news that one of the teachers at school are in fact an alien! Students read through the letter he received and decide on whether this accusation is based on science or opinion. Students learn about chromatography as separation test. Students use a simple modification of the experiment to separate "blood samples" of each of the suspected teachers. The Alien teacher's blood sample will also contain green and blue food colouring. Students complete a wanted poster explaining their findings. This resource pack includes EAL differentiated worksheets, detailed lesson plans, and worksheets.
Change of States: modelling particles
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Change of States: modelling particles

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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.
Eating Behaviour: Writing 16 mark essays (Psychology AQA A)
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Eating Behaviour: Writing 16 mark essays (Psychology AQA A)

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Psychology AQA A -Students are introduced to the levelled mark scheme. -discuss command words to questions and sort an essay card sort into points, evidence and evaluation. Students reassemble the cards into an essay (Outline and evaluate the role of learning for food preference). Higher students will realise the flexibility they have in forming paragraphs. -Students are given an example section from "Discuss the evolutionary theory to food preference" and are then asked to finish the evaluative points. -Students peer mark using levelled mark scheme. Homework: Students use all the rules to write "Outline and evaluate the role of neural and hormonal mechanisms in eating behaviour.