Activities Map 'Who am I ?
Passport is a template
for successful bridging projects between
KS2 and KS3. Visas for KS2 skills
and investigations are collected to
carry forward and develop at KS3.
A choice of investigations and structured
follow-up help you plan the elusive
smoother transition. Passport has
been trialled in a number of primary
schools this term; Year 6 can record
scientific achievements throughout
next year, and you can employ it to
organise your bridging activities
for your next Year 7 cohort. There
are three suggested investigations
which can be used when teaching environment,
variation or the concept of dissolving.
Top Science introduces
pupils to cells, tissues and organs.
It is a card game where pupils trade
specialised cells, tissues and organs
by comparing various criteria e.g.
number, mass, level of complexity.
Learning as they play, pupils grasp
concepts of specialisation and level
of organisation. Top Science can be
used when pupils are learning about
specialised cells, and is also a good
pre-SATs revision tool.
Perfumes is an intoxicating
collection of activities to breathe
new life into particles and separating
mixtures, and develop literacy. Pupils
create their own scent from scratch
using basic separation methods.Perfumes
can be used when teaching basic separating
techniques such as distillation, and
the concept of dissolving.
Solving mysteries is not just for
the X-files, it's science! Flesheaters
is a learning adventure where pupils
are the investigators, unravelling
a bizarre murder. This is science
by stealth, complete with video, computer
interactivity and hands-on practical
work. Flesheaters is a replacement
activity for standard enzyme digestion
practicals. It focuses on the principle
of digestion and the effect of pH
Inside body is a PowerPoint
template enabling pupils to produce
their own presentations. With gory
pathological images and easy-to-follow
technical instructions, ICT skills
develop into a useful tool, not a
hindrance. Inside body can be used
when teaching the effects of alcohol,
tobacco and solvents on the body.
Race uses variation
research data to explore the concept
of race. It provides an excellent
opportunity to tackle this aspect
of citizenship in the science classroom
or in citizenship lessons. It gives
a brief introduction to human evolution,
variation and genetics through distribution
of inherited diseases in the human
population. Race can be used when
teaching variation, inheritance, classification
Assemblies An off-the-peg
speech examining some of the ethical
aspects of cloning and its implications
for future generations.
Events To generate
school-wide involvement in Science
Year is a real challenge. It undoubtedly
takes organisation and time. We have
been able to collect ideas from other
teachers and disseminate them here.
Adapt the ideas to suit you. They
will make organising a Science Year
event much easier. There are also
details of national science centre
events that tie-in with the Science
Newsletter A newsletter
for parents enabling you to communicate
your school contributions to Science
Year quickly. Presented on the CDROM
as a Word file so that you can amend
section that aims to strengthen links
with other departments in your school.
For example 'Who am I ?
' can link you to your Modern
Foreign Languages Department. Science
Across the World is a highly successful
ASE project in which some of you are
Citizenship A curriculum
area that your school may choose to
deliver through subject areas or as
an individual subject. For 'Who
am I ? ' the CDROM Citizenship
section uses the Race activity to
support citizenship teaching in the
science classroom. The resources could
also be used for specific citizenship
Drama A very popular
way of stimulating debate around controversial
issues. The activities here can be
developed as far as you like, from
short role plays in science classes
right through to bringing in the Drama
department and putting on a full production
for the school.
Quizzes Sources of
quiz material across the curriculum.
Fun-size 15-20 short
activities to begin a lesson, inject
humour, and stimulate discussion.
These are relevant to many different
areas of the KS3 curriculum.
Modelling A generic
tool that is powerful yet easy to
master. For a given concept pupils
decide which are the important variables
and map the relationships between
them. This process illustrates their
level of understanding, allowing you
to provide the level of support and
development that is needed. To get
you going there are some pre-set modelling
simulations ready for use across the
KS4 mini-projects Developed
by the York Education Group to breathe
some life back into KS4 investigations.
This is a year-long project to trial
KS4 projects which maintain scope
for real pupil decision making. After
feedback from you a framework will
be produced to allow these open investigations
to be used to meet your Sc1 assessment
Biotechnology A protein-electrophoresis
kit and resources that can be used
when teaching dietary requirements
Other resources A guide
to organisations that can provide
you with information and resources
to support your teaching.
Weblinks A selection
of web addresses covering 'Who
am I ? ' concepts for teachers
Scientist An on-line
working geneticist who will respond
to email questions generated by pupils
whenever you are teaching variation
Science Across the World
A highly successful ASE project in
which some of you are currently involved.
Pupils swap data and conclusions with
children performing the same investigations
around the world. Usually Science
Across the World put you in touch
with a link school, but the possibility
of collaborating with your own MFL
exchange school makes the process
very relevant to your pupils.
Science Challenge Find
out more about ASE's Science Challenge
competition. Last year pupils aged
9-13 from all over the country presented
their work and attended a wonderful
Pupil competition Exciting
project competition for post-16 students.
Science Year Partners
Information on Science Year activities
coordinated by the National Endowment
for Science Technology and the Arts
(NESTA) and the British Association
for the Advancement of Science (BA).
A CDROM allows us to distribute many
resources very quickly and easily.
CDs also allow ICT activities to be
incorporated where they are helpful
in delivering science concepts. Around
20% of the materials of the resources
are software that run from the CDROM.
The remaining 80% of the resources
are materials for you to print off.
The CDs are therefore primarily for
teachers, but since your pupils may
access some resources through it directly,
the look and opening text has been
designed to appeal to them as well.
Many of the pages contain links to
relevant webpages to which you should
be able to connect providing you have
internet access whilst running the