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I have taught secondary school science, Chemistry being my specialism, for 28 years. I have developed and used my resources in my own lessons, usually in response to a specific need or a gap in provision. I like resources that are multifaceted in the way they are used, if possible, so that they can be easily adapted to the needs of different classes, without necessarily having to alter them. I share my most frequently and successfully used here. I am now tutoring Chemistry online.

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I have taught secondary school science, Chemistry being my specialism, for 28 years. I have developed and used my resources in my own lessons, usually in response to a specific need or a gap in provision. I like resources that are multifaceted in the way they are used, if possible, so that they can be easily adapted to the needs of different classes, without necessarily having to alter them. I share my most frequently and successfully used here. I am now tutoring Chemistry online.
Alloys text activity
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Alloys text activity

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The text is used with both levels of the worksheet. Both worksheets are gradated, but aimed at different abilty levels, the LAPS sheet for lower ability students.
Home Insulation
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Home Insulation

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First worksheet as a starter for students to estimate the how much heat is lost from different parts of the home. the powerpoint merely shows where the numbers go. The U - values worksheet is gradated. Less able students need only the first side. More able students should do some calculations and the last question is open enough to push the maths to perhaps even deriving a formula.
Diffusion
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Diffusion

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Worksheet with diagrams for students to describe and explain the brown gas diffusion experiment. Its worth printing this one out in colour - that usually goes down well.
SPLAT games
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SPLAT games

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Useful lists to drive home a general learning point with plenty of examples. An enjoyable, noisy category sort, if you like that sort of thing...which I do, with the right class!
GCSE Physics Formulae
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GCSE Physics Formulae

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Flashcards to help students to learn the formulae for GCSE physics. Can be used individually or for paired learning. Standard units are given on the other side to use and learn. Cards from a particular topic can be selected and displayed for students to choose the appropriate formula to apply to a particular problem. Higher tier formulae and those supplied on the sheet are also included, and some blanks to add your own. (AQA 1-9)
Standard Units and Quantities
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Standard Units and Quantities

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GCSE Physics. Flashcards with the symbol on one side and standard units on the other to help students learn the standard units for differnet quantities. Use individually or for paired learning. Printing the cards out one sided will also provide a resource for straight forward matching activities, or playing pairs or snap - matching the units to the quantity. (AQA GCSE Physics 1-9)
Surface area and size of the particles or parts.
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Surface area and size of the particles or parts.

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A range of concrete activites for students to explore the relationship between the size of particles or parts and the total surface area. Concept is important in explaining the function of alveoli in the lungs, villi in the intestine, particle size in reaction rate and catalysis. The concept can be explored at differentiated levels from the basic idea to deriving a quantitative relationship, depending on age, ability and context. Additional activities are included to demonstrate the functionality of moisture and thinness of the walls in the alveoli.
Physics formulae and standard units.
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Physics formulae and standard units.

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Help students of all abilities to learn the formula needed for GCSE Physics and the relevant standard units; to work with rearranging the subject of the formula, for those who find algebra more challenging, by learning how to construct and then use a formula triangle.
Respiratory System Learning Game
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Respiratory System Learning Game

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KS3 Biology. Activity to learn the parts of the Respiratory system. Can be used in a variety of ways: Slide 1&2 as a cut and stick; slide 1 for students to label what they know and find out what they don't know - possble homework. Class learning or revision activity - print out onto A3 and laminate the first slide, print the second onto card and cut out. Students work in pairs or groups to place cards onto the diagrams. This method works well as a game in the style of Beetle Drive, where they are put under time pressure and then have to move round to take up where another group have left off. The answer slide can be put up to check, or printed out and given to other students to check to make sure the first group to finish has completed the activity correctly. Rewards, forfeits, music all add to the fun. Can be used individually - look, cover, place, check.
States of Matter and Change of State.
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States of Matter and Change of State.

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Summary worksheets on the keywords describing change of state and the properties of and particle descriptions of solids, liquids and gases. The States of Matter worksheets are for different abilities and the keyword fill may be used as a preparatory sheet for students to find the keywords, or simply as an annotation sheet used in conjunction with the presentation. The wordbank cards have the meanings as well as the words and these or the flashcards may be used in conjunction with the keyword fill sheet for students to place the words before writing them down. The flashcards can be used in class for peer learning and checked with a quick quiz. Although intended for lower ability students, the longer "States of Matter cut and stick" worksheet can be useful in general on a Friday afternoon. "States of Matter - match" is intended for middle ability students and "States of matter" for higher ability.
Introduction to Hydrocarbons in Oil
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Introduction to Hydrocarbons in Oil

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Introductory less on to crude oil. Differentiated starter to introduce the connection between the size of a hydrocarbon and its boiling point and Fractional Distillation of crude oil
The Effect of Temperature on Reaction Rate
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The Effect of Temperature on Reaction Rate

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Differentiated, multiple choice lesson to introduce the effect of temperature on the rate of reaction. Alternative activities can be used in subsequent lessons. Allows the focus to be on Reaction Rates or How Science Works, with options to tie activites to the AQA ISA framework for GCSE Chemistry.
Ways with particles
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Ways with particles

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A range of differentiated worksheets covering different aspects of particles in KS3 and KS4 Chemistry. Focus is on learning to recognise and describe the different types of particles that crop up throughout school chemistry including atoms, molecules, ions and subatomic particles, and how they make up elements and compounds. Sheets can be used in context of learning units, or brought in when prior learning is sketchy and in need of consolidation or clarification. Useful as plenaries, for revision, or as starters to get a quick assessment of prior learning to inform planning. Answers sheets or power points are also included for quick in class marking.
Formula triangle
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Formula triangle

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Print on A3 and laminate. To help students who struggle with rearranging formulae to do calculations. Use with a formula card and the relevant quantity and units card. Referring to the formula card, put the quantities that are multiplied on the bottom sections of the triangle and the other on the top. The quantity being asked for in any particular problem can be removed and leave the relevant formula arrangement to do the calculations. Activity can help students to learn how to create their own rearrangement triangle from learned formula. (AQA GCSE Physics 1-9)
Digestive System LearningGame
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Digestive System LearningGame

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KS3 Biology. Activity to learn the parts of the Digestive system and their function. Can be used in a variety of ways: Slide 1&2 as a cut and stick; slide 1 for students to label what they know and find out what they don't know - possible homework. Class learning or revision activity - print out onto A3 and laminate the first slide, print the second onto card and cut out. Students work in pairs or groups to place cards onto the diagrams. This method works well as a game in the style of Beetle Drive, where they are put under time pressure and then have to move round to take up where another group have left off. The answer slide can be put up to check, or printed out and given to other students to check to make sure the first group to finish has completed the activity correctly. Rewards, forfeits, music all add to the fun. Can be used individually - look, cover, place, check.