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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.
Energy level diagrams, bonds energies, enthalpy.
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Energy level diagrams, bonds energies, enthalpy.

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The powerpoint and the tutorial together move students from simple energy level diagrams through to quantitative calculations of enthalpy of a reaction using bond energies. Molymods are needed to follow throught the activity on the slides and a bunsen burner burning is intended to be the reaction they see and write the equation for at the beginning of the starter.
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.
OCR A Organic Chemistry Synthetic Routes
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OCR A Organic Chemistry Synthetic Routes

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Are your OCR A A level Chemistry students struggling to remember all those Organic reactions? Help them to conquer the confusion and answer those reaction pathways questions like a PRO. The linked video shows how to turn those pathways charts into a game so they can learn them painlessly. Easy peasy! This set of charts covers the OCR A A level Chemistry specification specifically. Red boxes show reagent and conditions. Green boxes show the functional group. Blue boxes are reaction mechanism and type. Purple boxes contain further annotations or points to note.
EDEXCEL Organic Pathways Complete Set
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EDEXCEL Organic Pathways Complete Set

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NEW AND IMPROVED and exam board specific organic reaction pathways, learning game and worksheets. Help your EDEXCEL A level chemistry students to learn all those organic reactions painlessly. Print out the poster for each functional group over several pages and the cards onto card. The game is for students to place the cards in the correct place on the poster. Under pressure to music such as ‘mission impossible’ can help to sharpen the instincts and makes serious learning sociable and enjoyable. What some people have said about my organic pathways learning games (in my free resources): “Used effectively as a revision exercise during a cover lesson. Worked well in pairs. Many thanks.” “Excellent resource for revision.” “excellent revision aide! I printed first slide full size and the rest of the presentation onto 9 slides per page. laminated it and have all your activities and used them at home tutoring and at school saved my bacon!” Use the blank worksheets (whichever version suits your students) as a Quick Quiz to check they have learned them, or as a plenary, or any other way that you think will help your students know these reactions.
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.
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.
Teacher Planner for Practical Subjects
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Teacher Planner for Practical Subjects

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**The Ultimate Teacher’s Planner and Tracker for Practical Subjects. ** You know how it goes when you teach a practical subject – a lesson title and scheme of learning reference is not enough. What equipment and substances do you need? What hazards do you need to think of? When you have got all that listed, then you have got to get the order slips from the prep room. Planning homework? Sorted, but did you set it? Did you check it in the lessons? And was Bobby away when it was set? When was that? Trivial things for sure, but they all add up and you do not have that time to waste. Maximise your efficiency and minimise these little irritations with everything in the one place in this tracker, including Order Slips. Plan your lessons in one place, include printing, assessment tasks, equipment, with quick tick boxes when it is done, or record if you need the practical again. Plan your homework timetable to spread your workload, keep track of other duties, intervention/detentions, and assignments to assess. Take note of progress through the week and of whole school priorities with the Weekly Planner and To Do page. Organised to reduce your cognitive load with maximum information for minimum writing. Know where you are and what you are doing and reduce stress and anxiety by managing your week efficiently.
The Mole Calculations Ultimate Strategy
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The Mole Calculations Ultimate Strategy

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Do your ** A level Chemistry **or GCSE Triple/Separate Chemistry students get lost trying to make their way through Mole Calculations questions, especially those unstructured ones? Here is a map to show them the way. Do they get muddled about which relationship they need to use to calculate the number of moles and then resort to the old favourite n=mass/Mr? Here are some signposts to help them to orientate themselves. A handout that summarises the direction of travel and shows them what to look out for in the question as prompts to which relationships they need to use in the context of the question being asked. With over 20% of the marks available in the A level Chemistry for Mole Calculations, the clarity given here is a must! Suitable for all A level Chemistry courses AND if you ignore the ideal gas equation, GCSE Triple/Separate Chemistry.
Mole Calculations Gold
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Mole Calculations Gold

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The A level Chemistry resources for teaching the** Mole Calculations **topic that allow you to focus your energy on a major factor that helps your students make the most progress – teacher feedback and the learning conversation. This set of resources contains: The student handout with the Map for Mole Calculations and Summary Infographic is included, as well as the pdf to print as Notes. The presentation, split into 6 sections and covering the whole of the Mole Calculations topic: The Mole, Formulae and Using Masses; a Map for Mole Calculations and Using Masses - laying out the explicit strategy so that students can deal with those unstructured questions; Standard Stock Solutions, Concentrations and Dilutions; Acid/Base Titrations and Calculations; Calculations Involving Gases and the Ideal Gas Equation; Balancing Equations from Mole Calculations. Videos of the presentations. Teaching by an experienced, subject expert. Use the video presentations for: Flipped learning – students receive the teaching before your lesson and you can then spend your time with them consolidating, practicing, giving feedback and deepening their learning. Cover work – if you are unable to be in the lesson, your students can still be moving forward, Catch up – if a student was away for that section, they can catch up easily. Homework support - students can review the teaching again, at their own pace. Revision – students can revisit areas they are struggling with as revision for tests and exams. Free up your time to do the bit that only you can do – engage with your students in the learning conversation so that they can make the progress you know they can make.
Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
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Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table

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Presentation for** GCSE Chemistry** covering the key points and theory in the topic of The Atomic Theory and The Periodic Table. Includes: Atomic Structure Elements Isotopes The History of the Atom A comparison of the Plum Pudding and Nuclear Models Electronic Structure Electronic Structure and the Periodic Table Group 0: The Inert Gases Group 1: The Alkali Metals Group 7: The Halogens The Development of the Periodic Table Use together with my **FREE resource: Properties of groups. **
AQA Organic Chemistry Synthetic Routes (Revised)
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AQA Organic Chemistry Synthetic Routes (Revised)

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Are your A level Chemistry students struggling to remember all those Organic reactions? Help them to conquer the confusion and answer those reaction pathways questions like a PRO. The linked video shows how to turn those pathways charts into a game so they can learn them painlessly. Easy peasy! This set of charts covers the AQA A level Chemistry specification specifically. Red boxes show reagent and conditions. Green boxes show the functional group. Blue boxes are reaction mechanism and type. Purple boxes contain further annotations or points to note.