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Human Impact on the Environment (Age 11-14) *suitable for home teaching*

From Arkive, this presentation and activity are designed to teach students aged 11-14 about the concept of human impacts on the environment. The presentation explains how human impacts can directly affect species survival, using plastic waste as an example. The activities then encourage students to consider how the...

Darwin and Natural Selection *suitable for home teaching*

In this activity from ARKive, students look for similarities between the basic body plans of different vertebrates as evidence of evolutionary change.

This customisable PowerPoint presentation builds the scientific explanation of natural selection by illustrating four key observations:

All organisms...

Let’s Dissect – the Digestive Tract *suitable for home teaching*

This tutorial, from Bristol University’s Let’s Dissect, highlights the structure and function of the digestive tract, including the salivary glands, oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, small intestine, villi, large intestine and rectum. Curriculum links include the digestive process,...

Case Studies in Biofuels Production *suitable for home teaching*

The resources aim to help students consider the advantages and disadvantages of different types of biofuels that are being produced or may be produced in future as renewable sources of energy for transport. Using these resources, students will begin by learning about the different types of biofuels that are being...

Clean Silent Trains

This resource, aimed at primary learners, looks at how science, technology and engineering has shaped the way we live. It is divided into four activities which link to aspects of technology, science and mathematics.

The power of steam

The first part of this activity introduces...

Evolutionary History of Life

This resource links to evolution and inheritance, providing a video of a news report on the history of life on Earth. A newsreader highlights the progression of some species from ‘simple’ life such as single celled organisms progressing to more complex organisms at different stages in evolutionary history,...

Primary: Body Defences (Immunity)

Produced by the Health Protection Agency, this e-Bug resource helps students to look at the different ways the body defends itself against harmful infections. Extensive teacher guidance and stimulus materials help to cover topics including: * How the skin forms a barrier that prevents microbes entering the body *...

Perfect properties

The development of the jet engine is engineering at its most extreme. In this activity, students analyse data to choose materials with suitable properties for different parts of the jet engine.  

Learning Outcome

  • Students learn how to analyse data on material properties to...

MRI brain briefing

In this activity, student groups become multidisciplinary teams of hospital staff working on new leaflets or videos to help patients prepare for MRI brain scans.  Through the activity, students enrich their understanding of the brain as an organ, and apply their knowledge of magnetic fields and the magnetic effects...

Cool blades

In this activity, students learn about heat transfer from jet engine turbine blades. The blades reach temperatures as high as 1000 ºC. How do the blades cool, and how do scientists measure the rate of cooling at such high temperatures?

Learning Outcome

  • Students learn how to...

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