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Gold award: investigate the properties of materials used for saucepans

Students investigate the properties of materials used for cooking utensils in order to collect quantitative data.  For example, if testing for thermal conductivity they should gain a value for the rate at which heat flows through a cross-sectional area of material.  Students should also find out if...

Students' Guide to Controlled Assessment

The guide to controlled assessment covers the following areas: - What is controlled assessment in GCSE Astronomy? - Guidance for designing observations - Guidance for making observations - Guidance for analysing observations - Guidance for evaluating your project - Presenting your final report - Useful dos and dont...

Networks

This series of five one-hour lessons covers computer networks at secondary-school level. The objectives of the lessons are: *Describe what a network is, the difference between a LAN and a WAN and identify three network topologies. *Describe pieces of hardware that are needed in a network. *Explain what an IP...

International Comparisons in Senior Secondary Assessment (Progress Report) 2011

Produced in 2011, this report describes the context and parameters of Ofqual’s research into the assessments taken by learners at senior secondary level in a number of key comparator jurisdictions and outlines the progress made up to February 2011.

The purpose of this research is to make comparative...

Technical and methodological statement for Key Stage Two Science sampling 2010

Produced by the Department for Children Schools and Families and the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, this 2010 document lays out the size, nature and procedures around the sample of Key Stage Two science tests that was implemented after testing of all students was discontinued in 2009.

Reaction Mechanisms *suitable for home teaching*

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, is intended for students studying reaction mechanisms. The comprehension, and use, of reaction mechanisms requires students to not only appreciate the electrical changes which are thought to accompany chemical reactions, but also to learn a new formalism where the...

Spot the Bonding *suitable for home teaching*

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, provides a relatively quick way of assessing students’ awareness of different bond types. Topics covered in this material are chemical bonding including: ionic, covalent, metallic, polar, hydrogen, dipole-dipole, van der Waals, solvation, dative, double,...

Acid Strength *suitable for home teaching*

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, is designed for use with post-16 students to distinguish between concentration and strength of acid solutions. The first part of the activity is designed to assess whether students can distinguish strength from concentration. This is followed by an activity where...

Ionic Bonding *suitable for home teaching*

This resource, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, is designed to elicit alternative conceptions about ionic bonding that have been found to be commonplace among students. Students are provided with a diagram showing part of a slice through a three dimensional crystal structure of sodium chloride, along with...

Flight Charges

Countries charge for planes to fly through their airspace even if the plane does not land. Different countries levy different charges, therefore plane companies consider a number of different routes and calculate the associated charges with each route. The formula used to fly over Europe is considered and an...

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