Students now have to learn and be able to apply a long set of physics equations for the new 9-1 GCSE. We have some resources that should help.
To help students get to grips with rearranging equations try Maths skills in Science –... read more
Biodiversity - stretch and challenge activity
The proposed wall between the US/Mexico border has implications for wildlife.
Students could research the habitat and the types of species that exist along the border.
Ask students to think, pair,... read more
Ask students to read the following article from the BBC www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39947141
(The whole programme is available on iPlayer until 16/06/2017 www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08qkz77/michael-mosley-vs-the-superbugs ).
The article has ... read more
Graphene structure, properties and uses
Watch the video and ask students to make notes about its structure and properties. Can they suggest any possible uses?
Researchers are developing... read more
This 3 minute video from the BBC is a fantastic introduction to Mars.
We've prepared some questions that you could ask students to answer as they watch.
1. Why did the Romans name the planet Mars?
2. Where does the rusty red colour come from?... read more
Solids, liquids and gases
Ask students if it is possible to turn hydrogen gas into a solid? If so what would they have to do to it? Students could be given a particle diagram of a gas and a solid to help them explain.
Scientists have been... read more
Increasing strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria are potentially a very serious threat to the human population worldwide.
This article provides an excellent starting point to highlight the problems associated with resistant bacteria.
http://... read more
Why smoking causes cancer
Read the article from the BBC 'Smoking 'causes hundreds of DNA changes'
How many mutations are caused in every lung cell each year by smoking a packet of cigarettes a day?
Why does this increase the risk... read more
Read the article on the BBC website.
How far is a light year?
Describe how the planet is formed from the dust cloud.
How old is the 'young' star it has been formed from?
What type of planet has been formed?
How did... read more
Read the article from the BBC 'DNA confirms cause of 1665 London's great plague'
Which bacterium did they find the DNA of?
What were the symptoms of bubonic plague?
How did Londoners at the time try to control the plague?
What part of the... read more
energy | global warming | efficiency | electricity
1. What do you think is meant by the term 'energy positive'
Read the article in the Guardian newspaper:
Britain's first 'energy positive' house opens in Wales
Where is the energy positive house located?
How long did the house take to... read more
Read the article from The Guardian, 'Britain's oldest dinosaur fossil found on North Yorkshire coast'.
Ask students to find the following figures in the text a) length b) mass c) age of the fossil d) length of time this type... read more
Scientists are often inspired by the way nature seems so much better at certain things than man made materials. The most recent news report was the incredible strength of limpets teeth. Read
Can your students think of any examples of how animals... read more
ecology | water purification | biodiversity | flooding
Look at the map.
What does it show?
Click here to visit the WWF website to find out more about wetlands.
What can be classed as a wetland?
List any wetlands that you have visited or that are near you.
Why are wetlands inportant?
How... read more
Play the short clip to the class from BBC Radio 4 in four.
Ask students to
describe the relationship between the leaf cutter ants and the fungus.
describe the relationship between the leaf cutter ants and the bacteria.
what do the ants use... read more
The infographic provides a wealth of information about the diets of many different countries over the last 50 years.
If in a computer suite or with access to tablets students could explore the infographics. They could find out the... read more
Testing out the new ALMA telescope astronomers have found a solar system in the process of formation. Read the article from the BBC here.
How old is the young star?
What do the dark rings show being formed?
Where in the sky... read more
Watch the BBC video of Brian Cox's visit to the vacuum chamber.
Ask students to predict what will happen in air when the ball and feathers are dropped at the same time. The ask students to predict what will happen when they are dropped... read more
Read the article from the BBC.
Ask students to describe how Ebola virus can be transmitted.
Students could write a list of 5-10 precautions that health care workers should take before treating a patient suffering from Ebola.... read more
energy efficiency | light | working scientifically
Read the article from the BBC.
1. Why was the scientists discovery awarded the Nobel Prize?
2. Red and green LEDs had already been invented, why was a blue LED important?
3. Do you have a device with a blue LED, if so what is it?... read more
Read the OpenLearn article 'Influential women scientists in chemistry'
Ask students to work in pairs. They could read the article and take it in turns to underline
the names of the women scientists in green.
the scientists... read more
Read the article from the BBC 'Five bugs you can catch in the changing room'
Ask students to read the article and underline the disease causing organisms in red, symptoms in blue and treatment in green. They could summarise... read more
Cells, genetics and reproduction (KS5)
Put students into pairs. Ask one student from each pair to read the first 6 paragraphs from the BBC article. Then ask them to describe to their partner where DNA is found in a cell.... read more
EU to ban high-energy appliances
Currently very topical with the recent ban on selling 1600 Watt vacuum cleaners. Bans on other high powered appliances are being considered.
As a topical introduction to a lesson on the power... read more
Read the article from the Telegraph.
Provide students with a copy of the article and ask them to describe the ways in which the Harlequin ladybird is a threat to our native ladybirds.
Maths skills – Using the information... read more
composition of atmosphere | hydrocarbons | benzene | aromatics
See the article from www.cnet.com
KS3 - Ask students to read the article and compare the atmosphere of Titan with that of the earth. (See our resource 'Earth's atmosphere – spot the difference' to compare the Earth's early atmosphere... read more
Ask students to read the article from the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27425217 ).
It's often difficult to explain scientific concepts to an audience of non-scientists. Ask them to highlight any words that have... read more
Draw a diagram to show the structure of a short section of DNA.
Read the Telegraph article about changes to DNA structure.
Draw another diagram to show the unique DNA that scientists have produced.
Discuss what implications this might... read more
air quality | pollution | atmosphere | biology | health
Click here to see an article from the BBC about the recent high levels of pollution in the UK.
What is air pollution? What has caused the high levels in this recent case?
How does it affect health?
How could air pollution be reduced?
Do you... read more
Starter activity - click on the picture to see the Telegraph article - can you spot the bird in the video?
What is the advantage of being well... read more
How old do you think the Universe is thought to be?
Click on the picture for an explanation of the discovery about the Big Bang.
What do scientists think has caused the oldest light (we can detect ) to twist?... read more
physics | biomechanics | bones | skeleton | movement | literacy in science
Ironman - the 'rise of the human exoskeletons'
What do you think 'exoskeleton' means?
Which organisms have an exoskeleton?
What is the opposite of an exoskeleton?
What could an artificial exoskeleton be used for?
Read the article from the... read more
Write down all the different types of training that astronauts need to go through before going on the International Space Station (you could watch the video with the sound turned off to give you some clues).
Watch the video and listen to Tim Peake... read more
KS4 | KS5 | protein structure | circulation | anticoagulant | conservation | how science works | literacy in science
Listen to the podcast from Chemistry World.
1. How were leeches collected in the middle ages?
2. Why were leeches a popular medical treatment?
3. Why did leech smuggling become common?
4. Why did bloodletting using leeches go out of favour?... read more
Ask students to draw a robot.
Does it look like the robot below?
Show the BBC clip about the robots being developed now.
Which animals are inspiring robot builders?
Think of a problem or situation that is difficult for humans to work... read more
Click here to watch the BBC clip about pumping water from the Somerset levels.
Ten tonnes of water are being pumped every second from the Somerset levels.
A. Calculate how many tonnes of water are being pumped
a) per minute b) per hour... read more
KS4 Biology - diversity, conservation, ecology
Before watching the film answer the following questions.
- How many freshwater fish species are in the UK?
- Name as many you can.
Click here to watch a film by wildlife photographer Jack Perks... read more
Watch the clip from the BBC.
Take notes as you watch and listen.
What condition is Jonathan Wyatt suffering from?
How did Professor Maclaren treat the condition?
a) Describe the procedure.
b) Explain how the therapy... read more
Show students the picture - take care to hide the caption.
Click here to view the photo from The Scientist website
Look at the picture - what do you think it shows?
Compose a tweet to describe what you can see (remember to use just 140... read more
US engineers have used nature for inspiration to develop the most waterproof material yet.
Click here to read the article from the BBC.
i) Which living organisms inspired the scientists with their waterproof properties?
ii)What feature... read more
Find out how the 115 elements in the periodic table got their names, click here to read an article from the BBC.
Click here to view our resource 'Periodic tables - for colouring or cut and paste!'
Find the elements mentioned in the article... read more
Look at the winning scrabble board from this years National Scrabble Competition.
Click here to view the winning scrabble board
Can you find the three scientific terms that have been used?
A fungal fruiting body
... read more
Watch the trailer for the film 'Gravity'.
Click here to view the film trailer.
Discuss with your partner what conditions are like in space for the astronauts.
Try the Gravity spacewalk on the official film website.
Click... read more
1. Read the first sentence from the BBC article European forests near 'carbon saturation point'.
Click here to view the article from the BBC.
2. Discuss with your partner what you think is meant by the terms 'carbon sink' and 'saturation point'.... read more
how science works | ecology | environment | classification
Scientists are concerned about the invasion of the Spanish slug, Arion vulgaris and are asking for the publics help to find out how widespread they are.
Click here to see an article from the BBC
Read the article.
How is the Spanish slug... read more
how science works | subatomic particles | mass | atomic structure
Two scientists have been awarded the Nobel prize for physics for their work on the Higgs Boson.
Click here to see a report from the BBC
Read the article about the theory and discovery of the Higgs boson.
1) Discuss how scientists worked... read more
1. Look at the pictures of the Tom Tato and the apple tree.
Click here to view the Tom Tato
Click here to view the apple tree
2. What is unusual about these plants?
3. How do you think they were produced?
4. Read the articles -... read more
Click here to read the article from BBC News 'Scientists UK ash tree genome'.
Read the article and answer the following questions.
1) What is Ash dieback caused by?
2) Scientists have sequenced the genome of a UK Ash tree. What... read more
Scientists have sequenced the genome of several big cat species. What is the importance of this?
Q How much DNA do you think a tiger shares with a domestic cat?
Click here to read about the story from the BBC.
1. Which cats have had... read more
Voyager probe has now left the solar system and entered interstellar space.
Read the BBC Newsround article by clicking here.
Read the BBC news article by clicking here.
Calculate the average speed that Voyager is travelling at.
... read more
Read the article from New Scientist 'Predators learn to see through camouflage'
1. Which animal is easier to see the nightjar or the mantis?
2. Describe the two types of camouflage mentioned in the article.
3. Can you think of any other... read more
A fascinating story about a London skyscraper starting fires and melting cars!
Click here to see the BBC report.
1. Watch the report and list the problems that have been caused by the building.
2. a) Investigate - use... read more
The elements are traditionally arranged in the periodic table but can be arranged in other ways for example Mark Lorch has merged the elements with the iconic underground map.
Click here to see the map and read the article.
Show students... read more
A new study tracks the average height of men since 1870.
Quick class discussion
1. Do you think that the average height of men has changed since the 1870's? if so how?
2. Is height the result of a persons genes or the environment?
3.... read more
Quick class discussion
How would you separate steel cans from aluminium?
A machine that can sort your recyclables. Click the link for a diagram and explanation about the science behind how it works.
http://www.popsci... read more
New evidence from a Swedish team of scientists for element with atomic number 115. Click the following link for the BBC news story.
1. When was the existence... read more
Click here for pictures and a BBC news story about the recent meteor shower.
Answer the following questions
What is a shooting star?
What is a meteor caused by?
What is the difference between a meteor and an asteroid?... read more