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Outstanding GCSE and A level chemistry resources

Having taught GCSE and A level chemistry for 6 years and being an examiner I have developed a solid understanding of what makes a lesson outstanding and seek to share this with other teachers.

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Having taught GCSE and A level chemistry for 6 years and being an examiner I have developed a solid understanding of what makes a lesson outstanding and seek to share this with other teachers.
Organic Chemistry GCSE complete scheme of work - 2016 Specification - includes carboxylic acids, alcohols, condensation polymers, biological molecules -

Organic Chemistry GCSE complete scheme of work - 2016 Specification - includes carboxylic acids, alcohols, condensation polymers, biological molecules -

This is a very comprehensive set of resources that has been planned specifically for the 2016 specification - AQA topic 4.7 organic chemistry. The teaching sequence is: crude oil, alternatives to crude oil (includes combustion), fraction properties (practical + homework set), alkanes, fractional distillation (practical + homework due), cracking (demo), alkenes, addition polymerisation, alcohols, carboxylic acids, condensation polymerisation (practical) and biological polymers (practical). There is thorough differentiation and the varied starter activities recap prior learning. There are lots of exam questions to check progress.
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Atomic structure GCSE complete scheme of work (9 hours, 9 lessons) with outstanding lessons, demonstrations, exam skills and peer assessment

Atomic structure GCSE complete scheme of work (9 hours, 9 lessons) with outstanding lessons, demonstrations, exam skills and peer assessment

This is a complete set of GCSE Atomic structure lessons and fully differentiated resources. The lessons are suggested to be taught in this order: elements and compounds, balancing equations, separating mixtures, isotopes and structure, models of the atom, history of periodic table and noble gases, alkali metals, halogens, transition metals. The suggested teaching time is 1 hour per lesson and so this scheme of work requires 9 hours of teaching time. There are a variety of fun demos included such as sodium reacting with chlorine. For each demo there is a link to Royal Society of Chemistry explanations for how to safely carry out the demo. Please note that a fume cupboard is required for some demonstrations. The lesson starters recap prior learning and the lessons conclude with plenaries that develop exam technique. There are challenge tasks included in every lesson to stretch more able students. The aim is that each of these lessons is an outstanding lesson that provides the opportunity for all pupils to make excellent progress. Please rate these resources and leave feedback.
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Foundation Maths GCSE mindmap for revision

Foundation Maths GCSE mindmap for revision

I have used Mac mind mapping software MyThoughts to design a visual mind map for foundation Maths GCSE. There are 4 main categories: Shape, Number, Graphs and Algebra. Each category has branches - these are by no means exhaustive but do cover the main topics. Pupils can annotate it with pictures and equations from memory - e.g. as a starter. Alternatively they can put their confidence level next to each branch - as a happy/ neutral/ sad face or as a score out of 10. This can be printed clearly in black in white and displayed in the classroom as colour.
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Work done questions and answers worksheet with formula triangle - for foundation GCSE students

Work done questions and answers worksheet with formula triangle - for foundation GCSE students

This is a worksheet on applying the work done formula (work done = force x distance) with questions and answers. It uses formula triangles to make the content accessible for lower ability students. The final two questions are more challenging as students need to convert from kiloNewtons to Newtons. The conversion is given at the bottom of the sheet. Please rate this resource and leave feedback.
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Ethics presentation lessons - 21 ethic questions with sources for and against

Ethics presentation lessons - 21 ethic questions with sources for and against

This is a comprehensive set of lesson resources that I have created for form lesson time. The lessons begin with the PowerPoint that introduces a brief history of ethics (religion, Socrates, Kant) then gets students to consider what we mean by the term 'ethics'. A definition is provided. The teacher then goes through how the presentations will be structured and tips for giving a good quality presentation. Students then select which one of the 21 questions they would like to investigate using the sources that have been carefully provided. Many of these sources I have come across (e.g. the Sports Gene, James Mitchell). Others I have had to research. Websites links are provided. Students then plan their presentations and present for 3 to 5 minutes. There is a checklist that can be used to provide feedback. The pictures used are not under copyright protection.
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Blank Scrabble Template

Blank Scrabble Template

I have designed a Scrabble board and scoring sheet. When I printed these I double-sided the 2 pages (board one side and scoring sheet the other) and laminated them. These boards can be reused. This suits any topic where vocabulary is being tested. Have fun!
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Key Stage 3 and lower school Chemistry revision

Key Stage 3 and lower school Chemistry revision

This is a comprehensive set of information worksheets for revising Key Stage 3 and lower school Chemistry. It covers these topics: atoms and elements, periodic table, compounds, metals and non-metals, mixtures, solutions, acids and alkalis, physical changes, chemical changes, filtration, distillation, chromatography, structure of the Earth, composition of the atmosphere and the rock cycle. There is a simplified version of the periodic table that I have created. The pages are scaled to fit A4 paper.
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Middle school Chemistry comprehensive revision worksheets

Middle school Chemistry comprehensive revision worksheets

This is a comprehensive set of information worksheets for revising Middle school Chemistry. It covers these topics: atoms and elements, periodic table, compounds, metals and non-metals, mixtures, solutions, acids and alkalis, physical changes, chemical changes, filtration, distillation, chromatography, structure of the Earth, composition of the atmosphere and the rock cycle. There is a simplified version of the periodic table that I have created. The pages are scaled to fit A4 paper.
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Reproduction millionaire quiz KS3

Reproduction millionaire quiz KS3

This is a Who wants to be a millionaire? reproduction quiz for year 7 students based on a template designed by Terri Street. Topics include plant and human reproduction and fertilisation. Feedback to my TES inbox please.
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Atomic structure introduction - High School Chemistry - covers elements, compounds and formulae

Atomic structure introduction - High School Chemistry - covers elements, compounds and formulae

This is is an introductory lesson on atomic structure for High School Chemistry that begins with a fun film characters elements starter. There is then a discussion on how elements are made in supernovae. Students then consider rules for naming compounds and how to write formulae. They then then write the formulae for 12 substances. The challenge is to write empirical formulae. The lesson concludes with a consideration of how some of the chemicals are harmful to fish such as Nemo. Titanium dioxide in suntan cream causes water and oxygen in seawater to react to form hydrogen peroxide that is toixc to fish. Answers are included.
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Entropy lesson - Senior High School Chemistry - oustanding

Entropy lesson - Senior High School Chemistry - oustanding

This is a lesson on entropy for Senior High School Chemistry that has been thoroughly planned and resourced. The lesson starts by getting students to classify reactions as endothermic or exothermic. This is required knowledge so please read through these before the lesson and make sure that students have covered this content. This starter activity could be printed and laminated to be used as a card sort. The concept of entropy is introduced along with the first and second laws of thermodynamics. A stack of Jenga bricks or a stack of cards could be used to illustrate that disorder is a more likely arrangement (gases) than order (solid). The custard powder combustion demo is used to illustrate that entropy changes in the system help predict whether a reaction is spontaneous (whether it happens). Details of how to carry this out can be found online at the UK Royal Society of Chemistry wiki and other websites. Students then are introduced to the three formulae needed and complete a worksheet that I have created where they calculate entropy of a system, entropy of the surroundings and total entropy. This is used to predict whether the reactions happen (i.e. whether there is a positive value). Note that balanced equations have not been provided and students at this level should be capable of writing these and sharing them with the class. Markschemes are provided for the entropy calculations. The lesson ends with a comparison of the importance of entropy and enthalpy. Please rate this resource and leave feedback.
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Introduction to electrochemical cells  - includes writing half cells - Senior High School Chemistry

Introduction to electrochemical cells - includes writing half cells - Senior High School Chemistry

This is a lesson for Senior High School Chemistry on electrochemical cells. It starts with students constructing a fruit cell and combing four of these cells to make a battery that powers a light bulb . These are made from a whole lemon, piece of clean copper, piece of clean zinc, electrical wires, crocodile clips and light bulb. This could be shown as a demo if there is not much time. Students offer explanations as to how this works. They are introduced to the theory behind how batteries work, what a half cell is and notation for writing half cells and E-cell. The hydrogen / H+ / platinum reference electrode is then introduced as a standard that is used to compare the voltage different half cells. Reinforce the idea that platinum is used because it a very unreactive electrical conductor. Students then use the electrode potentials table (go through this) to write the voltage and reactions for different combinations of half cells. This could be set as homework instead. The lesson finishes with an exam question plenary. Please rate this resource and leave feedback.
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Fuel cells - includes combining fuel cell half equations - Senior High School Chemistry

Fuel cells - includes combining fuel cell half equations - Senior High School Chemistry

This is a lesson for Senior High School Chemistry on fuel cells. It begins with getting students to consider whether hydrogen would be a good source of energy to power cars for the future. Required learning from previous lessons is electrode potentials and half cells. The hydrogen balloon demo could be shown at the start to get students to appreciate that a lot of energy is released in a short amount of time from a small amount of fuel. Hydrogen produces the most amount of energy per gram for any chemical fuel. Students then draw a diagram to show how the standard electrode potential of an oxygen half cell could be determined - i.e. use a H+ reference electrode in one beaker and connect using a salt bridge to another beaker with O2- ions and O2 gas being bubbled through and using platinum as the electrode. Students then learn that O2 gas is reduced in the presence of H2O (i.e. bubbled through water) to OH- ions not O2- ions. This forms the basis of the hydrogen fuel cell where oxygen is bubbled in to one beaker with a platinum (or carbon) electrode, hydrogen is bubbled into another beaker with a platinum (or carbon) electrode and a salt bridge is attached between the beakers. Students could carry out this practical in pairs by using balloons filled with hydrogen and oxygen and allowing the gases to escape under water in the 250ml beakers. Filter paper soaked in sodium hydroxide could act as the salt bridge. Students then compare different types of fuel cell and write overall equations. There is a 5 mark exam question that can be used as an end of lesson plenary or homework. Please rate this resource and leave feedback.
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Relative formula mass and relative atomic mass GCSE tarsia

Relative formula mass and relative atomic mass GCSE tarsia

This is a fun GCSE chemistry tarsia for revision of calculating relative formula mass. There are 16 triangles with 18 pairs of questions and answers that make a parallelogram. I suggest that the A4 tarsia is printed on card and then the outline is cut out. Students can then quickly cut out the individual triangles. Included are the following topics: relative atomic mass of atoms and isotopes (isotopes are limited to isotopes of oxygen and hydrogen) and relative formula mass of different compounds. The 'fjsw' file can be opened and modified with tarsia software. The software is free to download but there is not currently a version for Mac computers.
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Photosynthesis GCSE tarsia - challenging

Photosynthesis GCSE tarsia - challenging

This is a fun yet challenging GCSE Biology tarsia for revision of photosynthesis. This can also be used as an assessment for learning tool at the end of the lesson. There are 16 triangles with 18 pairs of questions and answers that make an equilateral triangle. I suggest that the A4 tarsia is printed on card and then the outline is cut out. Students can then quickly cut out the individual triangles. Included are the following topics: organs of a plant, minerals, formulae of chemicals in the photosynthesis symbol equation, limiting factors and chlorophyll. The 'fjsw' file can be opened and modified with tarsia software. The software is free to download but there is not currently a version for Mac computers.
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Constructing Born Haber cycles - Senior High School Chemistry

Constructing Born Haber cycles - Senior High School Chemistry

This is a Senior High School Chemistry lesson on constructing Born Haber cycles in order to calculate lattice enthalpy for ionic compounds. Students do not calculate lattice enthalpies in this lesson but rather consider using a diamond nine how various factors affect how exothermic the lattice enthalpy value is. I suggest printing the diamond nine on slide 23 and using it as a kinesthetic activity. Please rate this resource and leave feedback
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Gas Laws Senior High School Chemistry

Gas Laws Senior High School Chemistry

This is a Senior High School Chemistry lesson that covers the ideal gas law. There are clear Assessment For Learning tasks for the middle of the lesson (grade C) and end of the lesson (grade B and grade A). It is suggested that the lesson before this lesson a homework is set to research conversions and the Kelvin temperature scale. Slides 23 and 24 may be printed per student for students to peer assess each others work. Please rate this resource and leave feedback.
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Infrared spectroscopy Senior High School Chemistry

Infrared spectroscopy Senior High School Chemistry

This is a Senior High School Chemistry infrared spectroscopy. Expected prior learning is functional groups and how to draw organic molecules such as carboxylic acids. Students could write on the laminated sheets using whiteboard pens. The lesson provides extensive differentiation. The IR data used is from the NIST Chemistry WebBook. Both of these resources are referenced at the beginning of the lesson. A data sheet needs to be provided as this is a lesson that uses the Chemistry data book provided by the exam board.
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Mass spectrometry for Senior High School Chemistry

Mass spectrometry for Senior High School Chemistry

This is a thorough set of structured resources on using mass spectrometry to identify molecules. The starter is a fun Just a Minute literacy activity that recaps prior understanding of mass spectrometry. There is then a highly structured series of slides that discuss how bond enthalpy (bond strength) data can be used to determine which bonds in a molecule will break. Slide 14 (bond enthalpy data) can be printed as a handout for the students to use for the grade C task. The grade B/A task is where students identify molecules from their mass spectrometry spectra. The mass spectra to be identified can be laminated and students can annotate the laminates using whiteboard pens. The answers and a markscheme is provided on the PowerPoint. Please rate this resource and leave feedback.
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Haber process High School Chemistry tarsia - use as lesson starter, plenary or for revision

Haber process High School Chemistry tarsia - use as lesson starter, plenary or for revision

This is a fun yet challenging High School Chemistry tarsia for revision of the Haber process. There are 16 triangles with 18 pairs of questions and answers that make an equilateral triangle. I suggest that the A4 tarsia is printed on card and then the outline is cut out. Students can then quickly cut out the individual triangles. Included are the following topics: formula of ammonia, catalyst used, conditions used, feedstocks, reversible reactions, equilibrium, endothermic, exothermic, yield and rate of reaction. The 'fjsw' file can be opened and modified with tarsia software. The tarsia software is free to download but there is not currently a version for Mac computers.
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