# Blog

### How to work with Covalent Bonding: Part 1

Covalent bonding is where non-metal elements share electrons. Many compounds contain covalent bonds, including DNA. The  DNA double helix has two types of bonds, covalent and hydrogen. Covalent bonds exist

### How to work with Ionic Bonding: Part 1

Salts are ionic compounds, but what do you know about every day table salt?! Salt is one of the oldest food seasonings, with saltiness being one of the five basic

### How to work with Terminal Velocity

If you are travelling at terminal velocity – then you are definitely travelling quickly. There are massive differences in the speed at which different animals can move. The slowest animal

### How to work with Angles: Part 1

Angles are everywhere – there is even a musical instrument called the triangle! But did you know that the triangle was not always triangle shaped. The earliest triangles seem to

### How to work with Electrolysis

Electrolysis can be used to purify copper and copper has many uses. Apart from gold, copper is the only metal which is not naturally grey or silver.  Shiny, reddish copper

### How to work with Speed, Density and Pressure

Speed, density and pressure are  compound measures – and you learn all about them in Maths lessons. But did you know that the fastest land animal on Earth is the

### How to work with Shapes: Part 1

Shapes are all around us, in buildings, on signs, and in nature. In addition, designers even use shapes to try to make us feel a certain way!  We all learn

### How to work with Factors and Multiples

If you need some more help with numbers, try our latest revision guide. This week’s guide is all about factors and multiples. Before work starts though, time for some completely

### How to work with the Nervous System: Part 1

The nervous system is made up of the brain, the spinal cord and a network of neurons (nerve cells), that run throughout your body. The nervous system is really important

### How to work with Sequences: Part 1

Sequences are everywhere! The Fibonacci sequence is found in many places in nature. It is named after an Italian mathematician, best known as Fibonacci. It is a series of numbers

### How to work with Noble Gases

Basically, noble gases are colourless, odorless, tasteless, and non-flammable gases at room temperature and pressure. On Earth, the noble gases are fairly rare with the exception of argon. Argon makes

### How to work with Diffusion and Osmosis

You might think you have a great sense of smell, being able to identify what is cooking for dinner from upstairs! This is due to the process of diffusion. However,

### How to work with the Circulatory System: Part 1

Your circulatory system is amazing. If you stretched out all of your blood vessels, they would extend to over 60,000 miles! The heart itself is quite small, weighing only about

### How to work with Photosynthesis: Part 2

Plants are fascinating – and vital for life. Through photosynthesis they absorb carbon dioxide, and produce oxygen. They are essential to produce food, and provide homes for many animals. There

### EB How to work with Photosynthesis: Part 1

Plants are vital for life – without photosynthesis taking place, we would all be very hungry! There would also be a lot more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere! There are

### EB How to work with Enzymes: Part 1

There are about 700 enzymes active in the human body, many of those in the digestive system. These are essential for making sure you are able to digest and absorb

### How to work with Adaptations of Leaves

Plants have some amazing ways of surviving – and the adaptations of  their leaves are very important in their survival.  All plants need water, but too much water can be

### How to work with Newton’s Laws

You will have heard about Newton’s Laws in your science lessons – but how much do you know about Isaac Newton himself? Apparently his mother wanted him to be a

### EB How to work with Halogens

Fluorine is one of the halogens, and is very chemically reactive. It needs to to be handled very carefully as it can explode when it comes into contact with most

### EB How to work with Alkali Metals

You may have learnt from your Science lessons that the alkali metals are very reactive, but did you know how useful and how important they are? About 2.4% of the

### EB How to Work with the Quadratic Formula

How often have you wondered why you have to learn the quadratic formula?!!  Quadratic equations can actually be used in everyday life. For example they can be useful when calculating

### How to Work with Algebra: Part 5

Did you know that algebra dates back to at least 3000 BC! The Rhind Papyrus, dating from around 1650 BC, is an ancient instruction manual in arithmetic and geometry It

### How to work with Algebra: Part 4

If you thought using letters for algebra is strange then just look at some of the peculiar words in the English language! Did you know that at only 6 letters

### How to work with Algebra: Part 3

Have you ever wondered why we use the letter X in algebra so much? We also use the letter X for phrases like  “X marks the spot”. In fact we

### EB How to work with Algebra: Part 2

Next time you are trying algebra and wondering why we have to use all those letters, think about Benjamin Franklin! Apparently he disliked some letters so much he wanted to

### EB How to work with Algebra: Part 1

Algebra uses letters – and letters can be fascinating!!  If you write down every number as a word, and look at the letters you have used, do you notice anything

### EB How to work with Rates of Reaction: Part 2

As you will learn in school, different chemical reactions have different rates of reaction. But did you know that some animals use chemicals to protect themselves. Some venomous animals have

### How to work with Speed and Velocity

What do you know about speed? Have a look at some of these…. Elephants can run up to 40 km/h (25 mph) A hippopotamus can run faster than a man,

### EB How to work with Magnetism and Electromagnetism

How much do you know about magnetism and electromagnetism? Did you know that some scientists believe humans are magnetoreceptive. In other words, they have the ability to detect the Earth’s

### EB How to work with the Menstrual Cycle

When learning about hormones and the menstrual cycle in school – you will be taught that oestrogen is the “female” hormone and testosterone is the “male” hormone. However, both males

### EB How to work with DNA

Have you ever wondered about where reindeer came from. Well -DNA is pretty amazing, and can tell us a lot about a species. Reindeer are cousins to cows and sheep,

### EB How to work with Newton’s Laws

According to the science we learn in schools, and the laws of Physics – Santa should not be able to deliver presents to all the children in the world!  Because

### EB 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

### EB How to work with Reproduction and Cell Division

There are some weird and wonderful ways in which animals will attempt to attract a mate, and in some cases stay alive while doing so!! Female Black Widow spiders are

### EB How to work with Cell Biology: Part 2

Eukaryotic cells can look very different from each other, depending on what their function is. However, they all have the same basic components; a nucleus where DNA is stored, and

### EB How to work with Cell Biology: Part 1

Scientists believe that the first known cells originated on Earth around 3.8 billion years ago! These were prokaryotes – single celled organisms without a nucleus. There are 200 different types

### How to work with Homeostasis: Part 2

You may have enjoyed taking medicine more if you had lived centuries ago. As far back as the 9th century, sugar was given as a medicine, a practice which continued

### How to work with Homeostasis: Part 1

Ever heard the phrase “blowing hot and cold? Did you know that it may have originated from one of Aesop’s fables. He was a Greek slave and storyteller from between

### 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. Before they were invented, people believed that illnesses