May 31, 2018

In my time as a teacher, I've met some children who are talkers. I don't mean children who talk in class. I mean children who talk to me about stuff. On the face of it, the stuff is not particularly earth shaking. what they have been doing recently, who they spend thei...

May 26, 2018

The past few weeks, I have been spending my Fridays teaching home educated children in a park and it's been awesome. We have made parachutes to drop from the apparatus, made life size food webs and hunted for bugs and made keys for them (or, as I like to put it, Guess...

May 23, 2018

Free Science Lessons is a great website for straightforward no nonsense explanations of science concepts at GCSE level.

May 20, 2018

Friday's home ed lesson involved making food webs in the park. Remember the arrows go FROM the organism being eaten to the organism doing the eating. The arrows show a flow of energy. you could think of it as the organism being eaten is going into the stomach of the or...

May 16, 2018

I really love My GCSE Science. It has great blog posts with helpful tips, clear videos and an exam question with marks scheme for every video. My students have found it very helpful. Well worth the subscription!

May 11, 2018

6 mark questions have been around for years, but they are going to have a few changes with the new GCSE.

Based on the specimen papers, there will be two 6 mark questions in the biology paper. This is most likely bought about by the lack of coursework.

Almost all 6 mark q...

May 10, 2018

I've been looking through the specimen papers (such as for AQA Trilogy - aka double and Edexcel biology) and I have noticed that the required practicals take up a large amount of each paper. In fact, in the biology papers I have looked at, between 33% and 40% of the ma...

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