Oxford Sparks: Key Stage 4 resources

A full set of resources which can be used to add research based contexts to lessons for 14-16 year olds.



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A heartfelt dilemma

In this lesson, students learn about the specialised cells of the heart and the tissues they form. They find out what can happen to the function of...

Chemistry of the cosmos

In this lesson, students apply their knowledge of reaction rates, and structure and bonding, to an exciting new context – the chemistry of interstellar space. Having watched an engaging animation, students work in groups to find out about the nature of interstellar space and its atoms, ions, and molecules. They...

Crystal quest

In this activity, students synthesise prior learning about structure and bonding, and about enzymes, and apply it to a new context: X-ray crystallography. The main part of the activity involves students pitching for funding for new equipment – how will they use the...


In this fast-moving and dramatic activity, student groups become teams of volcanologists. They receive a budget with which to purchase and maintain monitoring instruments and satellite data for an active volcano. They decide which instruments to buy, and where to place...