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Bulb Danger

This Science upd8 activity draws on a recent Government warning about poisonous mercury from low energy light bulbs being a risk to users.

But is this risk worth the benefits of using low energy light bulbs? In this activity students rank risks and benefits to help them decide.


In this Science upd8 activity students analyse information and evidence about homeopathy to decide whether it is based on scientific theory. They then choose the best arguments for and against homeopathy to decide whether they would use it, and whether it should be freely available to all.

Double Blind

This Science upd8 activity draws on clinical trials. Eight young volunteers had been in clinical trials before, but this time things went horribly wrong. Six of the eight were left fighting for their lives.

In this discussion activity students consider whether new treatments should be ever tested on human...

Healthy Chocolate

This Science upd8 resource revolves around the concepts of evidence and validity. A chocolate manufacturer claims its new, high cocoa bar is good for your heart.

But is it? This is the context for teaching students how to evaluate evidence and the 'how science works' concept of validity. The activity is...

Science and Engineering on the Moon Challenge

These NASA materials describe hands-on science and engineering challenges for students, using space exploration as an engaging context. The activities are related to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite missions. Students design and build: *an air-powered...

Ordering Fractions and Decimals N1

In this resource from the DfE Standards Unit, students learn to interpret decimals and fractions using scales and areas, find equivalent fractions, order and relate fractions and decimals and to reflect on and discuss these processes. Students will have met these concepts before. Many, however, may still have...

Evaluating Statements about Number Operations N2

In this resource from the DfE Standards Unit, students learn to understand the properties of number operations, substitute integers, fractions, decimals and negative numbers into statements and equations in order to test their validity and address common misconceptions about the effect of addition, subtraction,...

Rounding Numbers N3

In this resource from the DfE Standards Unit, students work together to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000. They make generalisations from the results obtained. Students should have some awareness of place value. (GCSE grades E-G)

Estimating Length Using Standard Form N4

In this resource from the DfE Standards Unit, students learn to interpret decimals using metric units, estimate lengths of real life objects and interpret standard form.They will also discuss and understand these processes. Some students will have encountered decimals and standard form before. The opening...

Understanding the Laws of Arithmetic N5

In this resource from the DfE Standards Unit, students learn to interpret numerical expressions using words and area representations, recognise the order of operations and equivalent expressions and understand the distributive laws of multiplication and division
over addition (the expansion of brackets). Most...


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