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Mince Flies

This resource looks at the environmental impact of our food choices in terms of water usage, world food supply and greenhouse gas production. The activities aim to challenge students' fears and prejudices about the foods common to other cultures and to consider the importance of eating insects as a source of...

Discovering DNA

This resource provides background information for students about the structure of DNA, DNA replication, genetic engineering, cloning, genetic testing and DNA fingerprinting.

The activities for students include a practical activity where students extract their own DNA from cheek epithelial cells or plant...

Preparing Your Child for Year 7 Science

This resource describes how parents can assist their children in the transition to working scientifically at secondary school. The document also details how children have been taught to work scientifically at primary level.

The resource has been provided by the Expert Subject Advisory Group - Science.

Citizen Science and Curriculum for Excellence

This guide provides a wealth of information about the benefits of being involved in citizen science and how to incorporate it into the curriculum, with links to citizen science projects and resources.

Citizen science projects can range from discovering a new quasar in space, counting elephants in the...

One of the Crowd *suitable for home teaching*

This Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC) resource looks at the amazing biology of the desert locust. Notorious as a swarming pest with a voracious appetite, in fact the locust spends most of its life as a shy solitary individual that carefully balances its food intake to match its body’s...


Published by the Wellcome Trust, the 'Big Picture' explores issues around biology and medicine. Written at the time of the H1N1 swine flu outbreak, it looks at the nature of influenza, drugs and vaccines that can fight it.

Looking at the H1N1 influenza pandemic, the resource explores how it compares to...

Drugs *suitable for home teaching*

Published by the Wellcome Trust, the 'Big Picture' explores issues around biology and medicine.

While providing immense benefits, drugs are not the perfect solution. They only work on a proportion of patients, sometimes they harm us, and we're not very good at taking them as we should. For some diseases,...

Symbols and Units: a Survival Guide *suitable for home teaching*

From Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS), this guide explains the rules for using symbols and units which students will meet in their science courses and reminds of the importance of using them, and writing them, correctly.

The guide contains six sections:
1. SI base units
2. Derived units...

Measurement Good Practice Guide: a Beginner's Guide to Uncertainty of Measurement *suitable for home teaching*

This publication from the National Physical Laboratory is an ideal resource for secondary teachers but could also be used by students at post-16 level. It can be used as a basis for best practice for taking measurements within the laboratory. The guide explains the basics of errors, uncertainties, spread, standard...

Excretory System *suitable for home teaching*

This resource provides details of the functions and key mechanisms involved in the excretory system and kidney function. It explains the role of this system in homeostasis and the links between heart failure, hypertension and diuretics. This resource provides a clear summary for students who wish to revise the...


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