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A set of experiments, activities, puzzles and profiles to explore how physicists are meeting the challenges posed by today's society. Includes the helicopter activity from The Air Show. Published by the Institute of Physics July 2022.
A set of experiments, profiles, stories and puzzles to explore how physics is revealing secrets about our world. Published by Institute of Physics, December 2021.
Ten experiment videos made to complement science-themed dance and art workshops. These are suitable for all audiences and include Makaton signing and subtitles. The videos include readily available materials and are ideal for home or school use.
Six hands-on sensory chemistry lessons for pupils with special needs. Funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach Fund.
These lessons have been developed side-by-side with pupils and staff in KS2 and KS3 classes at mixed ability special needs schools. They contain differentiation for use within the class and enough information to give confidence even if you are not scientifically trained.
The differentiated nature of the lessons also makes them ideal for use in small mainstream schools with mixed key stage classes.
Each lesson plan includes aims, key vocabulary, shopping list, activity "script"
BBC Learning asked me to adapt some of their Terrific Scientific lessons for use in SEND schools: Water, Trees, Grow and Power.
Take it Apart Club
Take It Apart Club was designed for Years 5 & 6. Pupils take apart broken electrical items such as telephones, tablets, sandwich toasters. They use tools to do so, with assistance from staff where needed. The sheets help to identify common components which they are likely to find. Please see the "Rules" for information concerning your Risk Assessment. Our pupils wore eye protection.
The aim was to harness the pupils curiosity and increase familiarity with tools. It was hoped they would learn some components too!
A booklet of little "science tricks" to delight and engage pupils. I train Year 6 pupils how to deliver them to the rest of the school (and their families), including how they all work. Ideal conversation starters and useful puzzles for topic work. They include biology, physics and maths. This resource is the product of a Science Busking community - I just wrote it up and shared it. The best Science Busker I know is David Price from Science Made Simple!
The recipe I use in shows was kindly shared with me by the The Big BubbleMan from Derbyshire, but I promised not to share it further. However, here are two recipes you can make at home. Always use green Fairy washing up liquid if possible - it makes the best bubbles!
Basic Bubble Mix
100ml washing up liquid
400ml lukewarm water
Mix together and allow it to rest overnight if possible. This is just a 1 part soap to 4 parts water recipe, easy to scale up!
STANDARD SOAP RISK ASSESSMENT: slip hazard, eyes, consumption, allergies
Super Big Bubble Mix
2 litres lukewarm water
150ml washing up liquid
75g tube of KY lubricant (from some supermarkets, most pharmacies)
Mix REALLY well in a bucket. It works best if left overnight, but leave it to rest for as long as you can.
YOUR RISK ASSESSMENT MUST ALSO INCLUDE THAT THIS GETS VERY SLIPPERY - for obvious reasons! Also include standard soap hazards.