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Achieving good practical science through extended projects

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation recently launched Good Practical Science, a new report outlining ten benchmarks for secondary schools to transform practical science education in England.All Saints RC School in York was praised as an example of best practice for the role played by extended investigative projects in...
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Support for Science Mark

These short videos provide vital information on how each of the Science Mark criterion for secondary schools is assessed.Teaching and learning

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Microscopy

Simon Quinnell demonstrates how to use a microscope and how to focus an image.

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What will improve a student's memory?

A cognitive scientist answers the question: I often have students tell me that they studied for a test, meaning that they reviewed their notes and the textbook, but they still did not do well. If they have reviewed the material, why don’t they remember it? Is there anything I can do to help them study more...
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Evaluating statements about radicals

This lesson develops concepts relating to radicals. In particular, students will enhance their understanding of:Use the properties of exponents, including rational exponents and manipulate algebraic statements involving radicals.Discriminate between equations and identities.In this lesson there is also the (optional)...
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Trigonometric functions

This short task contains two questions on applying trigonometry.The topics covered are:Linking sine, cosine and tangentUsing Pythagoras to determine a length in a triangle and then give the tangent of an angle in surd formUsing the Pythagorean identity sin2(x) + cos2(x) = 1 to find the value of cos(x) if sin2(x) +...
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Calculating arcs and areas of sectors in circles

This lesson develops the concept of finding areas of sectors. In particular students will:Find perimeters, areas, and arc lengths of sectors using formulasFind the relationships between arc lengths, and areas of sectors after scalingUsing radiansThe initial challenge shows three concentric circles with twelve equally...
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Exploring the circular economy

The following lesson plans provide a good introduction to the circular economy, and can be taught in sequence or as stand-alone lessons.The lessons plans include:(1/5) Challenging common conceptions(2/5) Exploring the circular economy(3/5) Understanding the challenge of ‘finite’ resources(4/5) Designing for a...
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Practical Microbiology for Secondary Schools

There are 19 investigations here which you can weave throughout your scheme of work to ensure students have plenty of opportunity to practice key microbiology techniques, as well as using interesting contexts to teach a range of biological concepts.   If you're a little rusty on some of the techniques, have...
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Basic Practical Microbiology: a Manual

This manual, from the Microbiology Society, provides a basic introduction to microbiology, aseptic technique and safety. Part 1 of the book includes information on good microbiological laboratory practice, equipment, preparation of culture media, sterilisation and disinfection, inoculation, aseptic technique,...
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