A Chemical Orthodoxy

Schools, Science and Education

Chemistry SLOP work

See below the booklet lists for descriptions of where I am up to in terms of production, philosophy behind them and how I use them to teach.   Electrolysis mastery answers Electrolysis mastery The Earth_s Resources mastery ppt 1 Useful... Continue Reading →

Featured post

Rotten Rewards

In primary school, there was an award given every month for kindness. Sponsored in the name of a young man who lost his life tragically young, it was a Big Deal. Given out to one student in the school every... Continue Reading →

I’ll never set a project again.

Years ago, I used to set a “model atom” project. In line with a school priority about developing independence, and my own beliefs about engaging students in science outside the classroom, I set the project with gusto. I carefully prepared... Continue Reading →

Chemistry Required Practicals SLOP

I've prepped a monster SLOP booklet for the 6 required practicals in the Chemistry part of the AQA double course. Help yourselves, usual rules about useful feedback apply. AB required practicals mastery booklet There are answers to some of the... Continue Reading →

KS3 Chemistry Fundamentals Unit

I have now written quite a bit about our new KS3 Scheme of Work. You can find: The general approach and the use of Core Questions here How we have gone about actually making it here Our entire How Science... Continue Reading →

Retrieval Roulettes!

A little while back I released the Retrieval Roulette with the aim of helping people build a simple system to embed regular retrieval practice into their lessons. Since then, thanks to the amazing generosity of twitter and the CogSciSci group... Continue Reading →

Disengaged boys: just make it a competition, right?

A while back I'd just finished a unit in a double lesson with my year 11s. We had about 15 minutes to go so I let them do some free revision, either making sure they had answered all questions set... Continue Reading →

Building a knowledge-based How Science Works unit

I've written a lot about the problems we have faced in KS3 Science and what we have done about it. How Science Works has been a stalwart of KS3 science for a very long time but, in my experience, there... Continue Reading →

Down the rabbit hole with group work: all the evidence you need

I was very fortunate to deliver a session to Teach Firsters this week on the topic of group work. It was supposed to be about other things too, but I fell down a rabbit hole mining the literature so stuck... Continue Reading →

#CogSciSci – an introduction

#CogSciSci is a grassroots collective of science teachers who are interested in promoting the use of Cognitive Science in the teaching of science. No one really remembers exactly how it started and no one is "in charge." Generally, we just... Continue Reading →

Blog at

Up ↑