The Mary Anning Story

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in Biology | Posted on 16-09-2014

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Here’s an interesting video about Mary Anning, who spent much of her life hunting fossils.

Teachers who are covering the Fossils unit in the new National Curriculum might want to make a note of this, as Mary’s in the guidance as a suggested scientist to study.

There’s also an excellent video about Mary Anning from the BBC. This will probably only be available to viewers in the UK.

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Opal Environment and Nature Surveys

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in Biology, Resources, Sci Enquiry | Posted on 17-06-2014

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The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is a UK-wide citizen science initiative that allows you to get hands-on with nature, whatever your age, background or level of ability.

OPAL is running surveys across the UK to learn more about the state of our environment, and they would like everyone to get involved.

The surveys explore the health of our soils and trees, the quality of our air and water, the distribution of invertebrates, the importance of hedges, and the ways in which we affect our climate. OPAL will provide easy-to-follow survey instructions and all the support you’ll need.

Earthworm Map

Your contribution will be important in helping scientists build up a picture of the UK’s natural environment.

Some of these would make great class projects. Go take a look at : www.opalexplorenature.org/surveys

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What is Evolution : Video

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in Biology, ICT | Posted on 28-01-2013

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Nice clear video to explain Evolution:

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In the Zone – body and exercise resources from Wellcome

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in Biology, ICT, Resources | Posted on 06-01-2012

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In the Zone is the Wellcome Trust’s major NEW initiative inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It provides a fun, free and fascinating way of using science to discover how our bodies work during sport, activity, movement and rest.

The website is aimed at both primary and secondary schools with two different sections. Both sections contain interactive games which can be used on the interactive whiteboard.

Teachers packs are available for download containing lesson plans, worksheets and ideas for science investigations.

If you are working in a UK school then keep an eye out for the In the Zone pack which is being sent to every school in the UK in Feb/March. Each box contains a teaching guide, curriculum guide, challenge cards and all of the scientific equipment you need to do the investigations on the website. Make sure your office staff know it’s coming, and not to put it in a cupboard.

You can access all the resources here :  http://www.getinthezone.org.uk

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Cell size and Scale interactives

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in Biology, Chemistry, General Science, ICT, Physics | Posted on 29-11-2011

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Here are two great links to demonstrate the relative size of objects, from an atom up to the universe!

Scale of the Universe lets you scroll from the entire universe, down to the Solar System, a human, and then even smaller, down to sub atomic particles. It’s a great way to visualise aspects of scale. You can see it here.

Similarly the Cell Size and Scale interactive from the Genetic Science Learning Centre, University of Utah, takes you from a coffee bean down to a carbon atom.

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The Fast Food Chain

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in Biology, ICT | Posted on 08-07-2011

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A fun video to introduce food chains perhaps?

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Echolocation Song

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in Biology, Physics | Posted on 08-07-2011

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Cool song for teaching about Echolocation/Sound

Thanks to Sarah Dench at Brighton Aldridge Academy for passing on the link.

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Evolution comic strip

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in Biology | Posted on 22-06-2011

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This is a great little comic strip that discusses many issues around evolution. Would be good for KS4/KS5

evolution 2

http://darryl-cunningham.blogspot.com/2011/06/evolution.html

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Online games for Biology Students

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in Biology, ICT | Posted on 24-05-2011

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rEvolution is a collection of online games, designed to introduce and reinforce key concepts in biology, ecology and plant science. They might make enjoyable activities for your science students at the end of term, as a plenary, or for a STEM Club. Suitable for KS3/4/5

Play the games here : http://www.saps.org.uk/secondary/beyond-the-classroom/545

This is part of the Science and Plants in Schools website which has some excellent resources for both Primary and Secondary teachers : http://www.saps.org.uk

 

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Scitt Day 7 – Animals, Ourselves, Health, Classification

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Posted by Danny Nicholson | Posted in Biology, Resources | Posted on 01-03-2011

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Just a short post to collate some of the links and things discussed during yesterday’s Scitt session.

Making Keys

Using Finger Puppets to make keys was written about here.

using Liquorice Allsorts

Activity taken from SAPS website (Science and Plants in Schools). Download their teaching materials here.

Sorting Liquorice Allsorts

Wynne Harlen – Big Ideas in Science.
More information, and to download the booklet here
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HyperHeart

Animation of beating heart here. More heart resources on this page.

Lobster Moulting Video

Quite a few of you had no idea that arthropods such as Spiders, insects and Crabs/Lobsters need to shed their external skeletons in order to grow. Here’s a video of a lobster doing just that.

And if you can cope with it – here’s a cockroach doing the same thing.

Living Things Discussion Strip

The fab Discussion Starter cartoons from Bev Evans can be accessed here. Bev’s websites are well worth exploring: Communication for All, Technostories and Free Clip Art of the Day.

Human Body

The Augmented Reality body organs site is LearnAR.org

Google Body Browser can be found here : http://bodybrowser.googlelabs.com/

Other Resources

Some good resources from Primary Resources Website here.

 

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