Biology

  • Inspirational and authoritative online resources for microbiology across the age range
    Microbiology Online
    Inspirational and authoritative online resources for microbiology across the age range
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  • Copper Extraction
    An introduction to the extraction, purification and recycling of copper.
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  • Copper for Life
    Looking at the biological side of copper as a micronutrient and anti-bacterial agent.
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  • A detailed study of the importance of copper as a trace element in our diet, with interactive graphics showing how it is involved in our physiology.
    Copper in Health
    A detailed study of the importance of copper as a trace element in our diet, with interactive graphics showing how it is involved in our physiology.
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  • Forensic zooarchaeology shows how molecular and isotopic analysis add to our understanding of the past, in particular our relationship with animals.
    Archaeological Science Learning Resource
    Forensic zooarchaeology shows how molecular and isotopic analysis add to our understanding of the past, in particular our relationship with animals.
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  • SGM has resources for all age groups online and in print
    SGM Education Resources
    SGM has resources for all age groups online and in print
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  • iSpot is a citizen science project run by the OU that brings together the nations expertise in widlife observation and location. You can become part of this team to learn and contribute.
    iSpot
    iSpot is a citizen science project run by the OU that brings together the nations expertise in widlife observation and location. You can become part of this team to learn and contribute.
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  • Declining calcium levels in some North American lakes are causing major depletions of dominant plankton species.
    Calcium loss turning lakes to ‘jelly’
    Declining calcium levels in some North American lakes are causing major depletions of dominant plankton species.
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  • Sciberbrain is a collection of teaching resources to help scientists and teachers discuss controversial science with a range of audiences, such as 14-19 year olds and the general public.
    Sciberbrain
    Sciberbrain is a collection of teaching resources to help scientists and teachers discuss controversial science with a range of audiences, such as 14-19 year olds and the general public.
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  • A free online illustrated encyclopaedia for children
    Q-files
    A free online illustrated encyclopaedia for children
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  • Fully matched to the 2014 curriculum and designed to help students secure the key skills, knowledge and interest in science needed to succeed at Key Stage 3 and beyond.
    Collins Key Stage 3 Science, Second Edition
    Fully matched to the 2014 curriculum and designed to help students secure the key skills, knowledge and interest in science needed to succeed at Key Stage 3 and beyond.
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  • NERC's award winning quarterly magazine contains all the latest environmental science news. A great resource for teachers and students.
    Planet Earth - NERC
    NERC's award winning quarterly magazine contains all the latest environmental science news. A great resource for teachers and students.
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  • Understanding where and when plankton occur at different depths in the ocean allows scientists to get a global understanding of the function and health of the ocean from small to global scales.
    Plankton Portal
    Understanding where and when plankton occur at different depths in the ocean allows scientists to get a global understanding of the function and health of the ocean from small to global scales.
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  • 'OneZoom is a new way to visualise the tree of life. Zoom down to species level. Now links to ARKive and other sites.
    OneZoom Tree of LIfe
    'OneZoom is a new way to visualise the tree of life. Zoom down to species level. Now links to ARKive and other sites.
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  • From building your own cell to discovering DNA in the garden, these BBSRC resources are highly recommended for introducing biology topics at Key Stage 1 and 2 (ages 5-11) and offer useful suggested activities.
    Bioscience resources for primary schools
    From building your own cell to discovering DNA in the garden, these BBSRC resources are highly recommended for introducing biology topics at Key Stage 1 and 2 (ages 5-11) and offer useful suggested activities.
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  • How have plankton shaped life on Earth? What role do they play in our lives? This resource explains how plankton underpins the marine food web, created our oil and gas, and shaped the landscape around us. Plankton contribute to the global carbon cycle, creating 50% of the oxygen in the air we breathe. Rising sea temperatures due to climate change are altering the abundance, distribution, and seasonality of these remarkable creatures with ramifications for the ecology of the planet.
    Ocean Drifters - a secret world beneath the waves
    How have plankton shaped life on Earth? What role do they play in our lives? This resource explains how plankton underpins the marine food web, created our oil and gas, and shaped the landscape around us. Plankton contribute to the global carbon cycle, creating 50% of the oxygen in the air we breathe. Rising sea temperatures due to climate change are altering the abundance, distribution, and seasonality of these remarkable creatures with ramifications for the ecology of the planet.
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  • Inspirational short videos from BBSRC. Our favourite video looks at 3D printing giant germs!
    BBSRC YouTube
    Inspirational short videos from BBSRC. Our favourite video looks at 3D printing giant germs!
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  • The very popular Copper Development Association resources have now been expanded and updated. They are now available to download as Zip folders of interactive PDF files.
    Copper Development Association Resources
    The very popular Copper Development Association resources have now been expanded and updated. They are now available to download as Zip folders of interactive PDF files.
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  • Children take part in a simulation of a smallpox outbreak which introduces them to the observations that led Edward Jenner to his world-changing discovery that cowpox gives immunity to the dreaded ‘Speckled Monster’.
    The Speckled Monster
    Children take part in a simulation of a smallpox outbreak which introduces them to the observations that led Edward Jenner to his world-changing discovery that cowpox gives immunity to the dreaded ‘Speckled Monster’.
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  • Children investigate the historical evidence about Edward Jenner and James Phipps using primary and secondary sources. They use these to find out whether real life events happened the way they do in the supporting film, James.
    History Detectives
    Children investigate the historical evidence about Edward Jenner and James Phipps using primary and secondary sources. They use these to find out whether real life events happened the way they do in the supporting film, James.
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  • This document from the Copper Development Association gives a really useful overview of the versatility of copper and its alloys. It is an excellent starting point for exploring other resources from the Association
    Copper: Properties and Applications
    This document from the Copper Development Association gives a really useful overview of the versatility of copper and its alloys. It is an excellent starting point for exploring other resources from the Association
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  • Children explore some of the most famous paintings depicting Dr Jenner’s revolutionary experiment on James Phipps. Using the concept of artistic licence, they discuss why the paintings of the same event are so different. They use the paintings and their learning as inspiration to create their own pieces of art depicting the experiment.
    Picturing Dr Jenner
    Children explore some of the most famous paintings depicting Dr Jenner’s revolutionary experiment on James Phipps. Using the concept of artistic licence, they discuss why the paintings of the same event are so different. They use the paintings and their learning as inspiration to create their own pieces of art depicting the experiment.
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  • An English-focused activity about the importance of characters in storytelling. Children discuss some key concepts and terminology relating to characters, and use them to explore the characters of James and Dr Jenner in the JAMES film, to discuss other characters they have met in film and literature, and to enhance their own creative writing.
    Strength of Character
    An English-focused activity about the importance of characters in storytelling. Children discuss some key concepts and terminology relating to characters, and use them to explore the characters of James and Dr Jenner in the JAMES film, to discuss other characters they have met in film and literature, and to enhance their own creative writing.
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  • Simple hands-on science activities to build children's confidence and encourage their natural curiosity to find out how and why everyday things work. This project supports transition from primary to secondary school with peer to peer learning across age groups.
    Gopher Science Labs
    Simple hands-on science activities to build children's confidence and encourage their natural curiosity to find out how and why everyday things work. This project supports transition from primary to secondary school with peer to peer learning across age groups.
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  • Children learn about some of the main creative and technical roles that go into making a film, and use the JAMES film to explore some key creative techniques such as music and basic camera angles.
    Making Movies
    Children learn about some of the main creative and technical roles that go into making a film, and use the JAMES film to explore some key creative techniques such as music and basic camera angles.
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  • A two-part history and science activity that develops children’s ability to understand and use sources to answer history and science questions relating to vaccination.
    The Great Vaccine Debate
    A two-part history and science activity that develops children’s ability to understand and use sources to answer history and science questions relating to vaccination.
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  • A discussion-based activity comparing the ethics and scientific processes of Dr Jenner’s work with those of modern clinical trials.
    Dr Edwina Jenner
    A discussion-based activity comparing the ethics and scientific processes of Dr Jenner’s work with those of modern clinical trials.
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  • Two kindergartens in Athens are leading a movement to replace frequently-touched surfaces in schools with equivalents made from copper alloys that will continuously kill germs, helping reduce the spread of infection between children and staff.
    Copper news from Athens
    Two kindergartens in Athens are leading a movement to replace frequently-touched surfaces in schools with equivalents made from copper alloys that will continuously kill germs, helping reduce the spread of infection between children and staff.
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  • To help with teaching about antibiotic resistance, watch the innovative short film, Antibiotic Apocalypse. The film was created by an interdisciplinary team formed by Game Dr, Little City Pictures, UCL (Dr Adam Roberts) and University of Glasgow (Dr Daniel Walker).
    Antibiotic Apocalypse
    To help with teaching about antibiotic resistance, watch the innovative short film, Antibiotic Apocalypse. The film was created by an interdisciplinary team formed by Game Dr, Little City Pictures, UCL (Dr Adam Roberts) and University of Glasgow (Dr Daniel Walker).
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  • A fun hands on investigation suitable for KS 2-5 pupils  The problem: as a result of climate change there is more rain in Bangladesh than ever before.  Land where farmers used to grow their crops is now flooded on a regular basis.
    Floating garden challenge
    A fun hands on investigation suitable for KS 2-5 pupils The problem: as a result of climate change there is more rain in Bangladesh than ever before. Land where farmers used to grow their crops is now flooded on a regular basis.
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  • These documents identify opportunities where teaching in a global context enriches pupils’ learning in the new science curricular for ages 7-14 and give examples of Practical Action's teaching resources for science.  They are available for the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland curricula.
    Global learning opportunities linked to the curriculum
    These documents identify opportunities where teaching in a global context enriches pupils’ learning in the new science curricular for ages 7-14 and give examples of Practical Action's teaching resources for science. They are available for the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland curricula.
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  • Who's most at risk? is an exciting role play activity that enables pupils aged 11-18 years to understand some of the key factors that place people around the world at risk from the effects of natural hazards.
    Who's most at risk
    Who's most at risk? is an exciting role play activity that enables pupils aged 11-18 years to understand some of the key factors that place people around the world at risk from the effects of natural hazards.
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  • A free colourful A1 Poster for students aged 7-18 with 90 ideas of small things they can do to make a difference to their global community and environment, plus space for them to add 10 ideas of their own. Divided into the 6R’s ( Reduce , Reuse, Recycle , Repair, Refuse, Rethink) it can be used as a great teaching resource as well as a poster.
    100 Small things
    A free colourful A1 Poster for students aged 7-18 with 90 ideas of small things they can do to make a difference to their global community and environment, plus space for them to add 10 ideas of their own. Divided into the 6R’s ( Reduce , Reuse, Recycle , Repair, Refuse, Rethink) it can be used as a great teaching resource as well as a poster.
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  • A dramatic multimedia simulation of a modern measles outbreak, using real data from the 2013 Swansea epidemic. Children take on roles in an Outbreak Control Team and use their maths and science skills to analyse and fight the outbreak.
    Measles alert!
    A dramatic multimedia simulation of a modern measles outbreak, using real data from the 2013 Swansea epidemic. Children take on roles in an Outbreak Control Team and use their maths and science skills to analyse and fight the outbreak.
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  • A design challenge for students aged 7 to 14. Students look at technologies from the last 100 years and invent a product that could help us lead a more sustainable future.
    Small Is Challenge
    A design challenge for students aged 7 to 14. Students look at technologies from the last 100 years and invent a product that could help us lead a more sustainable future.
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  • Help pupils find out about access to water and build their own filters. An activity developed with  Engineers Without Borders as an education outreach workshop for pupils aged 7-14.
    Water for the world
    Help pupils find out about access to water and build their own filters. An activity developed with Engineers Without Borders as an education outreach workshop for pupils aged 7-14.
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  • A series of three videos presented by Ortis Deley, technology justice is all about ensuring everyone has access to technology that is essential for life.
    #techjustice in action
    A series of three videos presented by Ortis Deley, technology justice is all about ensuring everyone has access to technology that is essential for life.
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  • Support your students to evaluate products and designs. The Practical Action evaluation tools give students (aged 7-19) an opportunity to analyse their products, designs or existing products.
    Practical Action evaluation tools
    Support your students to evaluate products and designs. The Practical Action evaluation tools give students (aged 7-19) an opportunity to analyse their products, designs or existing products.
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  • A range of colourful posters freely available from Practical Action.
    Practical Action Posters
    A range of colourful posters freely available from Practical Action.
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  • Superbugs is a new mobile game which sees players face off against a major threat to global health. With its petri dish filled with colourful bacterial colonies, the game comes straight from today's headlines: the global rise of superbugs.
    Longitude Prize
    Superbugs is a new mobile game which sees players face off against a major threat to global health. With its petri dish filled with colourful bacterial colonies, the game comes straight from today's headlines: the global rise of superbugs.
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  • Operating Theatre Live is the UK’s ultimate medical experience.  Team Operating Theatre Live travel the UK delivering workshops in schools teaching science with a careers focus in a real operating theatre using real anatomy!
    Operating Theatre Live
    Operating Theatre Live is the UK’s ultimate medical experience. Team Operating Theatre Live travel the UK delivering workshops in schools teaching science with a careers focus in a real operating theatre using real anatomy!
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  • Boasting a diverse and highly skilled Education Team, we provide unique learning sessions for all ages (5-19) and abilities. Linked to the National Curriculum, we aim to deliver interactive experiences using resources such as live animals, biofacts and multimedia
    Whipsnade Zoo Education Sessions
    Boasting a diverse and highly skilled Education Team, we provide unique learning sessions for all ages (5-19) and abilities. Linked to the National Curriculum, we aim to deliver interactive experiences using resources such as live animals, biofacts and multimedia
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  • The MiPlatform: Special offer extended to Janauary 2017! Transform your optical microscope with a MiPlatform and a smartphone. View high quality images quickly and ergonomically.
    Trajan MiPlatform
    The MiPlatform: Special offer extended to Janauary 2017! Transform your optical microscope with a MiPlatform and a smartphone. View high quality images quickly and ergonomically.
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  • I have been birding and twitching forever. I am 14 years old and am a birder, twitcher, conservationist, environmentalist and writer
    Birdgirl
    I have been birding and twitching forever. I am 14 years old and am a birder, twitcher, conservationist, environmentalist and writer
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  • Gratnells, manufacturers and marketers of Britain’s best known and most widely used range of storage systems for over 40 years, has supported the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch initiative, encouraging children to become part of the world’s biggest wildlife survey
    The Big Schools’ Birdwatch 2021
    Gratnells, manufacturers and marketers of Britain’s best known and most widely used range of storage systems for over 40 years, has supported the RSPB’s Big Schools’ Birdwatch initiative, encouraging children to become part of the world’s biggest wildlife survey
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  • Body Builder
    Learn about the different bones and organs that make up your body. Where are they and what does each do?
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  • An interactive game to help you find the right balanced diet for healthy living
    Balanced Diet
    An interactive game to help you find the right balanced diet for healthy living
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  • An animated graphic resource on the physiology of breathing and asthma
    Breathing and Asthma
    An animated graphic resource on the physiology of breathing and asthma
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  • A detailed resource covering the dietary and digestive biochemistry and physiology
    Diet and digestion
    A detailed resource covering the dietary and digestive biochemistry and physiology
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  • A collection of lesson plans, practical sheets, homework sheets and teacher notes on the science of keeping chilled foods safe.
    Science and Food Safety
    A collection of lesson plans, practical sheets, homework sheets and teacher notes on the science of keeping chilled foods safe.
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