The Chemical Industry Education
Centre (CIEC) produces 'The
Good Resource Guide' for both
primary and secondary schools.
A large range of resources are
collected for review from industrial
companies, trade and professional
associations. The resources
are reviewed by practising teachers.
Several criteria are used to
decide if a resource should
- Does the resource support
- Is there time to use it?
- Will it enhance planned
lessons without the need for
- Does the resource provide
sufficient background information
to support teachers and pupils
as it is used?
ASE has supported an updated
review of the guides and an
online database search facility.
Resources are categorised by
Science Year theme, topic, type
and target age range.
Find the database at www.uyseg.org/ciec_home.htm
For 'Is there life?'
'Teaching Scientifically Able
Pupils in the Secondary School'
- Teacher resource book
'SATIS 14-19' - 45 thematic
maps examining science related
'Pipeline Puzzle' - Activity
book investigating physical
'Clues from the rocks' - Resources
to support teaching of the rock
'Classroom modules 1-7' - Resource
including video to support the
study of oil
Print out the reviews for these
The Royal Society of Chemistry
(RSC) is the learned lociety
for chemistry and the professional
body for chemists in the UK
with over 46,000 members worldwide.
The RSC is a major publisher
and provider of chemical information,
supports the teaching of chemistry
at all levels, organises hundreds
of chemical meetings a year
and is a leader in communicating
science to the public.
The RSC provides LearnNet,
a new network designed for the
use of teachers and students
of chemistry at all levels.
The network aims to provide
access to products and information
relevant to the study of chemistry.
This site has been classified
by experts in the teaching of
chemistry to ensure that the
best interests of the users
have been attended to at all
Find them at www.chemsoc.org/networks/learnnet/index.htm
For 'Is there life?'
'All at sea? The chemistry
of the oceans' is a very
attractive ten-page booklet
aimed at students aged between
14 and 16 years. It supports
the National Curriculum KS4
statement on how the oceans
have changed over time.
The text is supported by questions,
tables of data and diagrams.
The booklet would be particularly
useful as an extension to the
study of the oceans for the
more able student. It is available
in two versions for students
aged 14-16 and post-16.
'Ideas and evidence'
At the start of the 21st century
secondary education in the UK
yet again underwent changes.
These included the introduction
of new curricula at all levels
in England, Wales and Scotland
and the Northern Ireland National
Curriculum undergoing review.
With more emphasis on cross
curricula topics such as health,
safety and risk, citizenship,
education for sustainable development,
key skills, literacy, numeracy
and ICT, chemistry teachers
must not only become more flexible
and adaptable in their teaching
approaches, but keep up to date
with current scientific thinking.
The major change to the science
11-16 curricula of England and
Wales was the introduction of
'ideas and evidence in science',
as part of Scientific Enquiry.
This is similar to the 'developing
informed attitudes' in the Scottish
5-14 Environmental studies.
These activities are intended
to make students think
about how they carry out investigations
and to encourage them
to realise that science is not
a black and white subject. The
true nature of science is very
creative, full of uncertainties
and data interpretation can
and does lead to controversy
and sometimes public outcry.
Some of the experiments and
activities will be very familiar,
but the contexts in which they
are embedded provide opportunities
for meeting other requirements
of the UK curriculum.
There are five books in the
series, follow the link for
more details on each book and
to access the students worksheets.
Find it at www.chemsoc.org/networks/learnnet/ideas-evidence.htm
The School Science site has
been produced by Industry Supports
Education (ISE). The aim is
to provide information about
the science learnt in schools
and how it is applied in industry
and research. We hope that the
contexts are interesting to
school children and help to
motivate them by seeing the
relevance of the science that
they are doing. All the resources
are written by experienced teacher
authors and carefully edited
to maintain educational integrity.
The site is made from interactive
electronic resources (e-sources).
Each one contains written information,
pictures, animations, quick
questions and a glossary. You
can search the site by keyword
or phrase. Or you can link to
an e-source and browse through
For 'Is there life?'
Interactive Periodic Table
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
(RAL) is one of three sites
making up the Central Laboratory
of the Research Councils. The
other two are Daresbury Laboratory
in Cheshire and the Chilbolton
Observatory in Hampshire.
All have world-class reputations
and some of the very best facilities
and scientists. Research carried
out at these sites will affect
the way all of us live in the
near future. RAL's website can
be found at www.clrc.ac.uk
RAL have developed a series
of activities based around their
probe lander technology. The
resource sheets guide pupils
through the production of a
model Moon lander probe using
eggs. A simple computer interface
device is also available to
test the effectiveness of probe
Resource sheets, which include
details for ordering the computer
interface, can be printed out
Both RAL and Daresbury Laboratory
welcome visits from schools.
Because we are a working research
laboratory the number of visits
and the group size is limited,
so early booking is advised.
Both sites also run events and
activities for school groups
from KS2 to A-level, which are
advertised locally. There are
also opportunities for teacher
visits and teacher placements.
At RAL we are keen to videoconference
with schools unable to visit.
For more details about any schools
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Janet Haylett, Schools Liaison
Communications, Rutherford Appleton
Chilton, Didcot, Oxon OX11 0QX
Tel: 01235 445950 Fax: 01235
Anne Humphreys, Schools Liaison
Communications, Daresbury Laboratory,
Daresbury, Warrington, Cheshire,
Tel: 01925 603708 Fax: 01925
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The Institute of Physics is
both a learned society and the
professional body for physicists
whether they work in schools,
colleges, HE, industry or the
public service sector.
The Education Department supports
the teaching of physics in schools
and colleges by organising educational
events, commissioning and producing
educational and career-related
publications, and contributing
to policy and curriculum development
in academic and vocational areas.
Workshops, courses and exhibitions
are organised throughout the
year for teachers and students.
They include Physics Updates
courses for physics specialists;
one day courses for those teaching
physics in the early secondary
years without a strong background
in the subject; Physics in Perspective
for sixth-formers; the Schools
Lecture Series for 14 year olds
upwards; and Physics/Science
at Work exhibitions for a range
of age groups. The department
also makes a major contribution
to the Annual Meeting of the
Association for Science Education.
Publications are mainly in
the form of leaflets and posters
promoting physics both as an
exciting and diverse field of
study, and as a first step towards
a range of career opportunities.
The Department augments its
work in this area by supporting
careers evenings in schools
and at large regional careers
events. Other published items
include: Physics on Course,
an annual guide to courses in
HE; the Physics in Person list
of recommended lectures, and
ideas for new investigations
and practical activities.
In the past two years the Institute
has made a major investment
in the curriculum by developing
a new AS/A level physics course,
Advancing Physics, supported
by the most up-to-date technology.
Teachers can either join the
Institute as individual Members
or Affiliates, or they can affiliate
their schools for a modest annual
subscription and receive not
only many of the benefits of
members but also extra benefits
in the form of leaflets, video
loan and reduced fees for some
Find out more from the website
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