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Non-specialist Cover for Low-ability Science

Price: £25.00
Age Range: KS3

Activities requiring no specialist subject knowledge enable your students to develop their scientific skills despite staff absence. Aimed predominantly at lower ability students but with useful differentiation ideas for the more able, little is needed by way of equipment. Four sections concentrate on core science skills, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Topics include: Measuring and recording; Scientific instruments and testing; Charts and graphs; Lab safety; Evolution; Biological keys; Survival of plants and animals; Material properties; Combustion; Rocks; Metals; Atoms; Natural resources; Conductivity; Insulation; Magnetism; Static; Force, mass, acceleration; The Planets.

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Size: 67 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 388 1
Author(s): Kevin Walsh
Code: NSCL
Popularity rank: 183
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Contents List




  • 7 MEASURING Students demonstrate that they know which units to use for which measurements and practise the scientific skill of measuring and recording accurately.
  • 9 SCALES Students learn about the different scales and instruments used in science. They learn the need for accuracy.
  • 11 PIE TIME Students practise the skill of drawing accurate pie charts via an activity that draws on their own experience.
  • 13 CHART CHOICE Students learn about the three main types of chart or graph. They practise both constructing these and reading information from them.
  • 15 SAFETY SYMBOLS The students learn about the different safety symbols used in science laboratories. They investigate where else symbols are used in science.
  • 17 LAB SAFETY Students identify hazards in a laboratory and draw up a set of safety rules.
  • 19 A FAIR TEST Students learn how scientists isolate one variable from another in order to construct a fair test. They practise devising tests for themselves.


  • 21 HEARTBEAT Students learn how heartbeat changes during exercise and practise drawing graphs of the changes.
  • 23 GETAWAY Students learn why seeds and fruits need to move away from their parent plant and the various ways in which they achieve this. They practise accurate scientific drawing and labelling.
  • 25 TIME TO CHANGE Students learn how and why organisms adapt to changing conditions both in the short term and in longer, evolutionary, terms.
  • 27 A KEY QUESTION Students learn why biologists use keys and therefore why they are important. They will practise putting together a simple key and testing it in class.
  • 29 PREDATOR! Students learn features necessary for a predator to be successful and design their own predator to reinforce this learning.
  • 31 PREY Students learn about the techniques prey use to ensure species survival.
  • 33 SUPERWEED Students consider what plants need to survive. They learn how plants compete and about the characteristics of successful plant competitors by designing their own weed.


  • 35 FIT FOR PURPOSE Students learn that different materials have different properties and that each is unique. They consider how these properties affect the use of the material.
  • 37 COMBUSTION Students investigate the changes that take place as a candle burns.
  • 39 ROCKS 'R' US Students learn about the different categories of rock, how they are formed and how to identify them.
  • 41 UP AND ATOM Students learn the difference between elements, compounds and mixtures and how to show this at an atomic level.
  • 43 ALL CHANGE Students learn about the different states of matter and how to show this at an atomic level.
  • 45 REACTIVITY SERIES Students play a game and devise a mnemonic to help them learn the reactivity series of metals.
  • 47 IN THE RAW Students learn about the earth's natural resources and the processes used to turn them into materials suited for specific purposes.


  • 49 ELECTRICAL CONDUCTIVITY Students learn which materials are good conductors and which poor ones. They decide why particular materials are used in a domestic plug.
  • 51 INSULATION Students learn what causes heat loss and how such loss can be prevented.
  • 53 MAGNETISM Students learn about materials which are magnetic and the magnetic law of attraction and repulsion.
  • 55 LINES OF FORCE Students draw a diagram to show the lines of force created by a magnet and iron filings.
  • 57 STATIC Students learn how materials can become charged with static electricity and what determines whether such material attracts or repels other materials.
  • 59 FORCE Students practise making tables and graphs of results for an experiment involving force, mass and acceleration.
  • 61 PLANET PUZZLE Students learn the order of the planets from the sun and devise a mnemonic to help them to remember it.


  • 62 APPENDIX 1: RECORD SHEET For use by the Science Co-ordinator to record pack usage in the department.
  • 63 APPENDIX 2: BLANK PIE CHART For use with PIE TIME (page 11) and CHART CHOICE (page 13).
  • 64 APPENDIX 3: HEARTBEAT TABLE For use with HEARTBEAT (page 21).
  • 65 APPENDIX 4: KEYS For use with COMBUSTION (page 37) and ROCKS 'R' US (page 39).
  • 66 APPENDIX 5: CHANGES OF STATE For use with ALL CHANGE (page 43).



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