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Practical Action

Practical Action is a development charity which uses simple technology to fight poverty. The learning resources in this collection look at how issues such as climate change and the need for renewable energy can be tackled. The resources contain background information, teachers' packs, classroom activities, stimulus...
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2000 - 2009

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Popular Mechanics: Becoming a Designer of Machines

This resource aimed at upper primary contains a series of lessons which look at the means by which machines (cams, levers, gears and pulleys) transform force into movement. The first lesson provides the context for the project in the form of a story, where students are asked to create a counter to count visitors to a...
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2010 to date

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Simple Electric Circuits

The resources in this collection support the teaching of the following key concepts within the big idea of electricity and magnetism:Making circuits Electric currentVoltage Static electricityThese resources are part of the BEST collection , which provides diagnostic questions, response activities,...
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2010 to date

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Forces and Motion

The resources in this collection support the teaching of the following key concepts in the topic of forces:What forces doDescribing forcesBalanced and unbalanced forcesFrictionEnergy stores and transfersThese resources are part of the BEST collection , which provides diagnostic questions, response activities,...
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2010 to date

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Energy Stores and Transfers

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:Understand that when a force makes things change it mechanically transfers energy between different energy stores.Understand that friction transfers energy mechanically into a heat store of energy.Identify...
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2010 to date

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Friction

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:Describe the cause of friction between two objects.Explain how friction, generated by the interaction between two objects, can stop them from moving.Explain how lubricants can reduce friction.Describe the...
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2010 to date

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Balanced and Unbalanced Forces

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:Identify pairs of forces that are balanced or unbalanced.Calculate the size and direction of the resultant force of two forces acting along the same straight line.Deduce the relative size of resultant...
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2010 to date

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Describing Forces

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:Describe how forces always arise in pairsLabel force arrows to describe the action of the forceRepresent the size and direction of a force with an appropriate force arrow.Name the types of forces acting in...
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2010 to date

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What Forces Do

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:Understand that a force makes things change: the speed, direction and/or shape of an object.Explain changes caused by more than one force acting on an object at the same time.Predict correctly the changes...
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2010 to date

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Student Worksheets: Earth, Sun and Moon

The student s activity sheets consist of a set of questions based on these topics: Auroae – aurorae and the solar wind Eratosthenes – determining the Earth’s circumference Lunar and solar eclipses – their differences and drawing diagrams Lunar phases – questions on the Moon’s phases Planet Earth – phases,...
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2010 to date

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