STEM Curriculum Resources - GCSE

SCIENCE RESOURCES

  • Thames Valley Berkshire LEP have realeased their Skills Priority Statement for 2016. This is attached and is available to download here: http://bit.ly/2hCQD7W They have also created a  presentation for easy reading. It can be found here.
  • Gardening for the Secondary Science Curriculum. This is a practical, hands-on CPD day designed to support the KS3-4 science curriculum. Horticulturalists from the Royal Horticulture Society have teamed up with skilled science teachers to show you inspiring ways to teach plant science to your KS3 and KS4 students. You can try out experiments that really impact on learning outcomes or grow plants for your own experiments in school. The training will take place on 15th April 2016 at Queen Mary's College, Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke, and will cost £95 per person (or £170 if you book two separate courses or two places on the same course). For further information, download the flyer or download the booking form.
  • Practical Action have released four new resources that help pupils make the link between science and poverty reduction. Each unit focuses on practical, enquiry based learning and has comprehensive teacher notes, pupil worksheets, PowerPoints and links to secondary sources of materials. Food Preservation (KS4) explores the role of food preservation in global food security and the science behind different preservation techniques. Resources can be downloaded from www.practicalaction.org/make-the-link

  • Sensing Our World Resources. The joy and challenge of building ‘cheap and cheerful’ sensors has a wide appeal to adults as well as children. It also opens a wide number of links to aspects of the mathematics, science, computing, design and technology, and engineering curricula, supporting scientific investigation and discovery.Read more >
  • The Nuffield Foundation have an excellent website with information on thier education projects and free teaching resources. Read more here.
  • The National STEM Centre's e-library contains a wealth of resources to support delivery of the STEM curriculum. Visit their website

  • The Triple Science Support Programme contains 35 quality assured resource packages for GCSE physics, chemistry and biology. Visit the Triple Science Support Webpage.

  • The publication of the key stage 4 programme of study on 2nd December completes the review of the science national curriculum.  This programme of study will come into force from September 2016, alongside first teaching of the new GCSEs for these subjects.  The full national curriculum framework, including programmes of study and attainment targets for key stages 1 to 4 can be viewed here.

  • Schools Online has all the resources you need to bring the world into your classroom. Visit their website for more information.Visit the British Council's website for more information.

  • The Royal Society's website contains curriculum-linked science teaching resources based on the work of scientists connected with the Royal Society. Visit the Royal Society website

 

PHYSICS RESOURCES

  • The Stimulation Physics Network is looking for schools in England to receive a bespoke programme of support over two years. Support ranges from CPD workshops and residential courses, to kit review and pupil support activities - all provided by an expert Teaching and Learning Coach from the IOP. And as we’re funded by the Department of Education, this support is completely free.
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  • Astro-Pi ResourcesThis collection of teacher guides and resources, for primary and secondary schools and beyond, assists the teaching of background knowledge that will help entrants to be creative and solve real-world problems. 

  • Be Inspired by Tim Peake, Astronaut, Britain’s first European Space Agency astronaut is launching off on a six-month mission to the International Space Station (ISS) starting in November. The UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency (ESA) have put together a wide-ranging programme of events and activities for schools to engage with. These include; an experiment to grow seeds that Tim is taking with me into space, a fitness activity for secondary students who can follow Tim’s training regime in space, curriculum science demonstrations for schools, developed by the National Space Academy and chances for schools to host amateur radio live links to Tim whilst he is on the ISS. Grants of up to £1000 are also available.

  • The Principia website has a large range of resources to coincide with Tim Peake's mission to the ISS. Activities include fitness challenges, a national seed-growing programme, space-themed literature, quizzing the people behind Tim’s mission, astronaut photographs of Earth from space, fun and exciting interactive shows in science centres around the UK, a film-making competition, designing a meal fit for an astronaut, programming a computer on the ISS and programming robots for a competition inside the ISS. There are free downloadable education resources to support all these activities. 

 

CHEMISTRY RESOURCES

  • Fantastic Plastic is a web based resource that explores the various aspects of modern themes in plastics. The centre piece is a "Video Lecture" by Prof Macdonald of Reading University, that can be used as a 1 hour show. The "Polymer Biz" section is where the students can see and hear several "Talking Heads" discussing what they do and why they entered the plastics industry.

 

MATHS RESOURCES

  • This handbook of magical mathematical tricks is intended for use in the classroom to help teach many of the basic concepts in mathematics in an engaging and entertaining way. The tricks have been mapped to topics found in Key Stage Four and are as diverse as Pythagoras' theorem, simultaneous equations, probability, sine and cosine, factors, loci, powers and indices, vectors, ratios, factorials and many more. 
  • Royal Statistical Society – free teacher membership. The RSS (who encourage their members to be STEM Ambassadors) have a free membership for teachers. Teachers can access various benefits, including access to resources, lectures and careers materials, as well as the normal benefits available to statisticians who are members.More details on their website.

  • MidKent College has produced an online resource called a 'Complete Guide to to Understanding the Importance of English and Maths in Education and Beyond'. It provides information about qualifications, life after GCSEs, careers prospects and information for adults. Further information will be added in the near future.

 

  • Skills Workshop provides practical online resources on a range of areas including numeracy and ICT. With over 500 contributors to the website, the resources cover a wide range of learning activities suitable for many different abilities.

 

ENGINEERING RESOURCES

  • 'Born to Engineer' is a fantastic award-winning video which aims to both inspire the next generation of Engineers and to tell everyone about the fascinating field of fusion energy. It features the work of STEM Ambassador Dr Kim Cave-Ayland who is passionate about her field and is keen to inspire as many people as possible. Watch the video here.
  • Science Made Simple, an award winning science communication company carry out subsidised engineering show days in the South East. Visit the Science Made Simple Website for more info.
  • Design the Future: Free software to inspire the next generation of designers, innovators and creators. Register to access free professional 3D design software and creativity apps.

 

COMPUTING RESOURCES

 

  • New computing resources available on STEM Networking from the Tata Consultancy Services. Check out the resources on Spreadsheets, Databases and Decision-Making.
  • Skills Workshop provides practical online resources on a range of areas including numeracy and ICT. With over 500 contributors to the website, the resources cover a wide range of learning activities suitable for many different abilities.