Enriching Science


Enriching Science
May 2007


Raise achievement in science with secondary enrichment activities by John Senior and Angela Tuff that will challenge and excite your students.


Enriching Science will allow you to:

  • enrich science lessons for all students and provide extension material that will challenge more able students
  • improve students’ performance in this core subjects by enriching the curriculum
  • enhance students’ enjoyment of science and promote it as a subject for further study
  • support whole-school improvement by raising standards in core subjects
  • provide opportunities for students to expand their thinking skills through problem-solving and develop their social skills through teamwork
  • improve students’ ability to self-direct their individual learning and help them to have fun and gain pleasure from thinking.
Each activity is accompanied by teacher’s notes and suggestions for further work and research, should your students wish to take the project even further. The book also includes a CD-Rom containing all of the activity task sheets for ease of reproduction.

Summary of contents

This collection of extension activities will allow you to provide enrichment for secondary teachers and children in the science curriculum, particularly addressing the needs of the gifted and talented child. Enriching Science offers challenging enrichment activities for able children that aim to inspire more children to study science; to encourage scientific literacy among all children; to foster creativity with regard to scientific thinking; and to stimulate an informed debate among children about the application and direction that science takes in our increasingly complex society.

The activities in this book are designed to stretch a young person’s thinking and provide a base for applying scientific training. The message we hope your students will understand is that science is challenging and exciting, and if they have the ability and are excited by science, they can successfully study at a higher level and help create a better future. If the abilities of your students take them along other paths in life then we hope the activities and challenges in this book will help them to appreciate the role of science in all our lives.

Enriching Science presents activities that are based within the national curriculum but that will also enrich and extend it. The activities are presented in three sections:

  •     applying science: 10-minute activities
  •     lesson-length enrichment activities for Key Stages 3 and 4 in biology, physics & chemistry
  •     day-long enrichment and extension activities.

Chapter breakdown

Good practice model: A revolutionary seesaw (Activity 71)
Applying science
Living on Mars
Intergalactic weight loss
Why edges?
Science shows secrets
Dust power
Quick thinking!
If only we could hear ourselves as others hear us
The missing…
What’s wet?
Beyond Mauveine
Water witching
Yesterday you invented something
Bomber technology
Collecting conversations  
Lesson-length enrichment and activities
KS3 and KS4 biology
How small?
Gestation periods
Super birds
Why eight metres of intestine?
Circulation travel
Atishoo, atishoo, we all fall down
Liking lichens
Why the quagga?
Healthy thinking
Leaf design
Hedgerow loss
Are we ready to pipe, quack and dance?
Defying ageing
It’s only natural
Perfect parasites
Pleasurable activities
Poor health
Spidrex + BioSteel = ?
Terraforming Jupiter  
KS3 and KS4 chemistry
Little Miss Muffet
A burning question
Under pressure
Quick-make jelly
Why did Mendeleev leave gaps?
Melting ice
Transportation and deposition
A new island
What a mix-up!
Comparing metals
The school pond disaster
Dramatic chemistry
Don’t worry, we have a billion years to try something
Manufacture of ammonia
Oil peak
Red hot chili peppers
Smart buildings
Smart colours
Volcanic rock
Water dump
What do we do with all the salt?
KS3 and KS4 physics
What’s the connection?
Archimedes and the golden crown
Keeping cool
Moving north
Ghost images
Battery power
Car performance
A revolutionary seesaw
Behaviour of light
Beyond a natural lifetime
Bungee jumping
Home insulation
Investigating oscillations
Magnetic levitation
Sea batteries
The rumble of elephants
Radioactive isotopes  
Day-long enrichment and extension activities
The alchemist’s cauldron
Cunning men and wise women
Going where no golf ball has gone before
I’m forever blowing bubbles
The scene of the crime
Wind-wound clock  
Health and safety issues  
Risk assessment  
Evaluation and review  


Loose-leaf, 305 x 255, 256 Pages, Published 31/05/2007


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