Raise achievement in science with secondary enrichment activities by John Senior and Angela Tuff that will challenge and excite your students.
Enriching Science will allow you to:
enrich science lessons for all students and provide extension material that will challenge more able students
improve students’ performance in this core subjects by enriching the curriculum
enhance students’ enjoyment of science and promote it as a subject for further study
support whole-school improvement by raising standards in core subjects
provide opportunities for students to expand their thinking skills through problem-solving and develop their social skills through teamwork
improve students’ ability to self-direct their individual learning and help them to have fun and gain pleasure from thinking.
Each activity is accompanied by teacher’s notes and suggestions for further work and research, should your students wish to take the project even further. The book also includes a CD-Rom containing all of the activity task sheets for ease of reproduction.
Summary of contents
This collection of extension activities will allow you to provide enrichment for secondary teachers and children in the science curriculum, particularly addressing the needs of the gifted and talented child. Enriching Science offers challenging enrichment activities for able children that aim to inspire more children to study science; to encourage scientific literacy among all children; to foster creativity with regard to scientific thinking; and to stimulate an informed debate among children about the application and direction that science takes in our increasingly complex society.
The activities in this book are designed to stretch a young person’s thinking and provide a base for applying scientific training. The message we hope your students will understand is that science is challenging and exciting, and if they have the ability and are excited by science, they can successfully study at a higher level and help create a better future. If the abilities of your students take them along other paths in life then we hope the activities and challenges in this book will help them to appreciate the role of science in all our lives.
Enriching Science presents activities that are based within the national curriculum but that will also enrich and extend it. The activities are presented in three sections:
applying science: 10-minute activities
lesson-length enrichment activities for Key Stages 3 and 4 in biology, physics & chemistry
day-long enrichment and extension activities.
Good practice model: A revolutionary seesaw (Activity 71)
Living on Mars
Intergalactic weight loss
Science shows secrets
If only we could hear ourselves as others hear us
Yesterday you invented something
Lesson-length enrichment and activities
KS3 and KS4 biology
Why eight metres of intestine?
Atishoo, atishoo, we all fall down
Why the quagga?
Are we ready to pipe, quack and dance?
It’s only natural
Spidrex + BioSteel = ?
KS3 and KS4 chemistry
Little Miss Muffet
A burning question
Why did Mendeleev leave gaps?
Transportation and deposition
A new island
What a mix-up!
The school pond disaster
Don’t worry, we have a billion years to try something
Manufacture of ammonia
Red hot chili peppers
What do we do with all the salt?
KS3 and KS4 physics
What’s the connection?
Archimedes and the golden crown
A revolutionary seesaw
Behaviour of light
Beyond a natural lifetime
The rumble of elephants
Day-long enrichment and extension activities
The alchemist’s cauldron
Cunning men and wise women
Going where no golf ball has gone before
I’m forever blowing bubbles
The scene of the crime
Health and safety issues
Evaluation and review