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How to work with Diffusion, Osmosis and Active Transport

Unfortunately for slugs, their moist skin is far more permeable to water than the skin of most other animals. When salt is placed on them the process of osmosis begins

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How to work with the Circulatory System: Part 1

Your heart is an amazing organ. It will beat about 115,000 times each day, and pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood every day. It can even  continue beating  when it’s disconnected

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How to work with Homeostasis: Part 3

There are many amazing facts about water. Did you know?   It explains: Why we need to maintain the levels of water in our blood How our body can detect

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How to work with Photosynthesis: Part 2

Plants are fascinating – and vital for life. Through photosynthesis they absorb carbon dioxide, and produce oxygen. One tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year whereas an acre

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Sunlight and tree

How to work with Photosynthesis: Part 1

Without photosynthesis taking place in plants, we would not have any food to eat. There are many more amazing facts about plants – here are just a few. An average

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DIgestion

How to work with Enzymes: Part 2

Cells along the inner wall of the stomach secrete roughly 2 litres of hydrochloric acid every day. This helps to kill bacteria and aids in digestion, by providing the correct

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Brain

How to work with Enzymes: Part 1

There are about 700 enzymes active in the human body, and every second, around 100,000 chemical reactions occur in the brain! Without enzymes living organisms could not function at all.

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Squirrel

How to work with Adaptations of Leaves

Have you ever wondered why leaves change colour in autumn, from green to orange and red?  Photosynthesis is the process trees use to make their food. Using energy from the

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How to work with Newton’s Laws

Ever wondered what causes the sinking feeling in your stomach when you are on a roller coaster? On Earth, gravity pulls us towards the ground, but the ground is in

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Frog

How to work with Halogens

Chlorine is one of the halogens, the second most abundant on Earth, and has many uses. However, it also has certain harmful effects. Chlorine is one of the atoms in

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Red and orange fireworks

How to work with Alkali Metals

Everyone loves a firework display – but have you ever wondered how this links to your lessons about alkali metals? Most historians believe that fireworks were invented in China, though

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How to work with the Quadratic Formula

You are in the final minute of a rugby match and you have to kick a perfect drop goal. The last thing you will be thinking about is your maths

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Mathematics

How to work with Algebra: Part 5

When the English mathematician Augustus de Morgan was asked for his age, he would reply, “I was x years of age in the year x²” (He was 43 in 1849!!) Algebra is used in

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How to work with Algebra: Part 4

At 45 letters, “pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis”, which refers to a lung disease, is considered by some to be the longest word in English. It is, however, a made up word. It was

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How to work with Algebra: Part 3

Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13!   Logophobia is  the fear of words! Or maybe you have nomophobia – the fear of being without your mobile phone!! If you have

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How to work with Algebra: Part 2

“The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog” The sentence above is a PANGRAM – it contains all 26 letters of the alphabet! Algebra is much easier, you don’t

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How to work with Algebra: Part 1

The longest word in English which doesn’t use the letter E is floccinaucinihilipilification.  It means estimating something as worthless. Imagine having to spell that in an exam! Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is even longer,

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Shrew

How to work with the Menstrual Cycle

Did you know that menstruation has been found in different groups of mammals but generally it is primates who have a menstrual cycle. This includes our closest relatives, such as

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How to work with DNA

DNA is pretty amazing! While it is widely known that humans can share up to 98% of their DNA with chimpanzees, did you know that cabbages and humans share about

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Cartoon egg smiling

How to work with Protein Synthesis

Protein synthesis is very important. The human body contains about 100,000 different types of protein. The body needs protein to grow, heal, and carry about nearly every chemical reaction in

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Honey bee cartoon

How to work with Reproduction and Cell Division

Some animals go to great lengths to attract a mate for reproduction. Step up, the dancing male bird of paradise! These birds inherit dance moves from their father, then practising

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Red blood cell

How to work with Cell Biology: Part 2

120      This is the how many days, approximately, a human red blood cell lives. Other cell types have different lifespans, ranging from a few weeks for some skin cells

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Bacterium

How to work with Cell Biology: Part 1

Half human, half microbe! Scientists used to think that bacteria and other microbes in our body outnumber our own cells by about ten to one. However it is now thought

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Ice creams

How to work with Homeostasis: Part 2

There are many old wive’s tales and home remedies for curing hiccups from holding your breath to swallowing a glass of water, but have you ever heard of dry swallowing

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Cucumber

How to work with Homeostasis: Part 1

Ever wondered where the simile “As cool as a cucumber” comes from? They are cool to the touch and apparently the inside of a cucumber can be as much as

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Cartoon woman and microscope

How to work with Microscopes

Microscopes have been around for hundreds of years, with the earliest known as “flea glasses” because they were used to observe insects. In 1997, a tiny replica guitar carved from

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Cartoon blood groups

How to work with Genetics: Part 2

Our genetics determine what our blood type is. Humans have many different blood types, around 30 recognised blood groups altogether, although you may just know the main 4 groups (A,

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Cartoon DNA

How to work with Genetics: Part 1

The study of genetics has taught us many important things, helping us to diagnose, prevent and treat many diseases. The human genome is incredible, we have 46 chromosomes, made up

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Chest of gold coins

How to work with Transition Metals and Alloys

Transition metals have many different uses. One of these metals is silver, which is the best thermal conductor of all metals. The lines you can see on the rear windscreen

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Giant cartoon squid

How to work with Dynamic Equilibrium

Ammonium chloride is a white solid which breaks down when heated, to form ammonia and hydrogen chloride. When these two gases are cool enough, they react together to form ammonium

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Well done

Celebrating Exam Results 2019

A massive congratulations to all our students for the amazing results achieved this year! They have worked incredibly hard over the last year, so a huge well done to all.

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Pressure

Protected: How to work with Speed, Density and Pressure

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Protected: How to work with Required Practicals: Part 8 & 9

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Red planet

Protected: How to work with Required Practicals: Part 6 & 7

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Protected: How to work with Required Practicals: Part 4 and Part 5

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Trigonometry

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Protected: How to work with Simultaneous Equations

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Protected: How to work with Magnetism and Electromagnetism

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