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I teach a number of low ability classes. I want my pupils to do as well as they can. So here are a number of resources that I have developed to help them do that. From writing frames to entire lessons. I am currently making themed topics to rope in pupils, e.g. Disney themes.

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I teach a number of low ability classes. I want my pupils to do as well as they can. So here are a number of resources that I have developed to help them do that. From writing frames to entire lessons. I am currently making themed topics to rope in pupils, e.g. Disney themes.
QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Circuit Breaker
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QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Circuit Breaker

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This writing frame is used to help pupils practice with their extended writing questions in Science. It uses smaller steps and leading questions for pupils to be able to answer the large question that they would see in the exam. The frame include keywords that the pupils should use in their answer and a picture in the center, either from the question itself or as a visual prompt. This is really useful for all pupils and ticks that literacy box!
Star Wars Science - Air Resistance
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Star Wars Science - Air Resistance

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This is a Star Wars themed lesson aimed at KS3. Pupils begin by doing a "Think, Pair, Share" on what will fall faster, an elephant or a feather and how they could make them fall at the same speed. The text is then hyperlinked so a video can be shown, when air is removed from the scenario. Pupils then watch an animation showing a parachutist and the way air resistance changes the forces and acceleration acting upon him. Pupils discuss which parachute will land first using the diagrams. Then pupils then investigate how surface area affects the speed in which a parachute falls. You will need tissue paper, string and a weight - I usually let them drop it from the balcony and down the stairs. Pupils then complete a gap fill exit ticket and draw force arrows on a parachutist. A QWC writing frame is also include for higher ability pupils and/or homework
KS3 Science/STEM Club
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KS3 Science/STEM Club

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With a busy schedule sometimes it's hard to enjoy running a STEM Club if you have to think of tasks every week, especially towards the end of the year. Over the summer I created a scheme of work for your STEM Club. It was divided into themes, e.g. Superheroes and Fairy Tales. One and a half terms in, it seems to be working very well, for our KS3 and KS2 Science Clubs. Not all the resources are mine, but I've attached help sheets for some session. Most of the information is in the spread sheet outlining each session I hope you enjoy using this and it makes your life that little bit easier. For the Plastics Challenge information please go to http://practicalaction.org/plastics-challenge
QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Terminal Velocity
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QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Terminal Velocity

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This writing frame is used to help pupils practice with their extended writing questions in Science. It uses smaller steps and leading questions for pupils to be able to answer the large question that they would see in the exam. The frame include keywords that the pupils should use in their answer, a success criteria (directly from the mark scheme) and a picture in the center, either from the question itself or as a visual prompt. This is really useful for all pupils and ticks that literacy box!
QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Eutrophication
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QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Eutrophication

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This writing frame is used to help pupils practice with their extended writing questions in Science. It uses smaller steps and leading questions for pupils to be able to answer the large question that they would see in the exam. The frame include keywords that the pupils should use in their answer and a picture in the center, either from the question itself or as a visual prompt. This is really useful for all pupils and ticks that literacy box!
Star Wars Science - Speed = Distance / Time
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Star Wars Science - Speed = Distance / Time

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This is for a KS3 class, but could be used for KS4 too. It is Star Wars themed. Pupils begin by doing a code breaker, which will give them the equation to calculate speed. Pupils then watch a Star War Mario Kart race and use a stopwatch to determine when events in the race happened, and filling out the data entry sheet (this has the speed Mario was going at each point). Pupils then turn their data into a graph and calculate the distance between set point on the graph by drawing rectangles and triangles and calculating area. Pupils then finally complete an exit ticket, which has a number of speed questions on it.
QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Vacuum Flask
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QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Vacuum Flask

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This writing frame is used to help pupils practice with their extended writing questions in Science. It uses smaller steps and leading questions for pupils to be able to answer the large question that they would see in the exam. The frame include keywords that the pupils should use in their answer and a picture in the center, either from the question itself or as a visual prompt. This is really useful for all pupils and ticks that literacy box!
Differentiated Adaptation Research Writing Frames
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Differentiated Adaptation Research Writing Frames

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This is very similar layout to the QWC writings frames (https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-core-science-b1-c1-p1-qwc-writing-frame-bundle-11163851) This can be used as a stand alone lessons. Pupils are given different animals to research (Camel - easiest; Star-nosed mole - hardest, Desert vs Artic Fox extension comparison). There is a Symbaloo link (https://goo.gl/Cju34F) which has all the websites needed for each animal, organised in groups by colour, so you can give the pupils the QR code and let them research their relevant animal. After the pupils have researched their given animal, they can then be asked to write an essay on how that particular animal is adapted, maybe comparing it to a friend's.
2 Year STEM/Science Club Plan Bundle
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2 Year STEM/Science Club Plan Bundle

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Using both of these plans you can have a STEM Club on a two year rotation, assuming you run it for Year 7 and Year 8. Resources and links are all included. Also includes a trip plan for any clubs that do trips.
QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Food Web
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QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Food Web

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This writing frame is used to help pupils practice with their extended writing questions in Science. It uses smaller steps and leading questions for pupils to be able to answer the large question that they would see in the exam. The frame include keywords that the pupils should use in their answer, a success criteria (directly from the mark scheme) and a picture in the center, either from the question itself or as a visual prompt. This is really useful for all pupils and ticks that literacy box!
QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Metal Extraction
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QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Metal Extraction

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This writing frame is used to help pupils practice with their extended writing questions in Science. It uses smaller steps and leading questions for pupils to be able to answer the large question that they would see in the exam. The frame include keywords that the pupils should use in their answer, a success criteria (directly from the mark scheme) and a picture in the center, either from the question itself or as a visual prompt. This is really useful for all pupils and ticks that literacy box!
QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Adult Cell Cloning
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QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Adult Cell Cloning

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This writing frame is used to help pupils practice with their extended writing questions in Science. It uses smaller steps and leading questions for pupils to be able to answer the large question that they would see in the exam. The frame include keywords that the pupils should use in their answer and a picture in the center, either from the question itself or as a visual prompt. This is really useful for all pupils and ticks that literacy box!
QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Sexual Vs Asexual Reproduction
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QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Sexual Vs Asexual Reproduction

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This writing frame is used to help pupils practice with their extended writing questions in Science. It uses smaller steps and leading questions for pupils to be able to answer the large question that they would see in the exam. The frame include keywords that the pupils should use in their answer and a picture in the center, either from the question itself or as a visual prompt. This is really useful for all pupils and ticks that literacy box!
QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt  - Genetic Diagram (Punnet Square)
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QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Genetic Diagram (Punnet Square)

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This writing frame is used to help pupils practice with their extended writing questions in Science. It uses smaller steps and leading questions for pupils to be able to answer the large question that they would see in the exam. The frame include keywords that the pupils should use in their answer and a picture in the center, either from the question itself or as a visual prompt. This is really useful for all pupils and ticks that literacy box!
QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Deforestation
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QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Deforestation

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This writing frame is used to help pupils practice with their extended writing questions in Science. It uses smaller steps and leading questions for pupils to be able to answer the large question that they would see in the exam. The frame include keywords that the pupils should use in their answer and a picture in the center, either from the question itself or as a visual prompt. This is really useful for all pupils and ticks that literacy box!
QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Peppered Moth
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QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt - Peppered Moth

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This writing frame is used to help pupils practice with their extended writing questions in Science. It uses smaller steps and leading questions for pupils to be able to answer the large question that they would see in the exam. The frame include keywords that the pupils should use in their answer and a picture in the center, either from the question itself or as a visual prompt. This is really useful for all pupils and ticks that literacy box!
Earthquakes in the Natural History Museum
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Earthquakes in the Natural History Museum

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This booklet was made for a KS3 trip to the Natural History Museum, London. The front of the booklet has a table indicating what the pupils are to take away from the trip (green = lower ability to blue = higher ability). The higher ability tasks include the entire booklet and blue boxes. I hope this helps anyone who is planning a trip but needs some resources to go with it. The answers can also be assessed (WWW/EBI) when you're back in school.
Jurassic Park - Types of Energy
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Jurassic Park - Types of Energy

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This is the first lesson of the Energy topic. It is designed for KS3 and has a Jurassic Park theme, where pupils design a new theme park for Richard Hammond. The start pupils look at images and try and come up with a title for the lesson. Pupils then do a number of jigsaw puzzles to make them to start thinking about the different types of energy and where they can be found. Pupils then create a mnemonic to help them remember all the types of energy. Pupils then create posters for Mr Hammond on the different types of energy he will see in his new park, using ideas from theme parks they already know. Finally pupils do a scavenger hunt using QR codes to answer some question to check their learning (internet access is not needed for this)
QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt FREE sample - Adaptation
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QWC Writing Frame with picture prompt FREE sample - Adaptation

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This writing frame is used to help pupils practice with their extended writing questions in Science. It uses smaller steps and leading questions for pupils to be able to answer the large question that they would see in the exam. The frame include keywords that the pupils should use in their answer, a success criteria (directly from the mark scheme) and a picture in the center, either from the question itself or as a visual prompt. This is really useful for all pupils and ticks that literacy box!