to Science Dawn
For anyone who has an interest in school
science whether as a learner or educator
This site is a resource for school science. Students will find information to promote and test understanding for aspects of school curricula for the approximate 11-16 year old age group.
Student resources link to teaching resources and how-to articles for practical and demonstration.
The purpose of the site is to primarily help provide education for the sake of education’s sake, something that seems to be ever rarer in a world that increasingly focuses on results and jumping through hoops, where learning for the pleasure of it seems to be increasingly rare.
It does not itself form an examination course though you will find that many items on here will address exams and tests you may be required to take as a student or deliver as a teacher.
I have divided Science into the traditional school subjects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics for ease of use of the site and familiarity as much as anything. In an ever evolving discipline such as science I thought it would make more sense to do this than to reflect the less familiar modern divisions which are becoming cross-disciplinary anyhow.
I hope you find this site and its resources useful.
This site will always be free to view, no subscriptions, no taster pages to try to get you to sign up for the other stuff that you have to pay for and no "personalize your experience" packages that you build to see disappear after a couple of years when support is withdrawn.
This is a fully free resource
There are many sources of information for science teaching
online, though when I looked I couldn't really find anywhere
that had something like the whole science course as taught
to students up to the age of 16 in one place and for free.
There are many excellent resources online for higher level
science studies that relatively few people follow, though
hardly any for the earlier stuff of "school science". There
are pay-for resources that are designed to match a particular
course that will change in a few years time meaning that
the publishers can then sell it to you again, even though
it's hardly changed at all, but little that is free.
I've been teaching for around 25 years and I teach almost exactly the same things today as I did when I started (I am supposed to, it's not just that I don't like change!) which is not surprising as the basics of science don't really change. When you're starting to learn about science you start in the same place and have to learn the basics before you can understand what Stem Cell research or the Large Hadron Collider (for instance) are all about. So I decided that rather than just deliver this to my classes, I would make it available online too, all of the little quirks and examples that I use to get things across are in here, which may or may not work for you.
I particularly hope that it is of use by those for whatever reason do not have access to a science teacher to help them through the early years of their science education.
My name is Paul Ward, I've been a science teacher in England for about 25 years, though I did spend a year teaching in Kenya. I am currently Head of Biology at an 11-18 school in East Anglia, I teach balanced science (biology, chemistry and physics) to age 16 (GCSE) and biology to age 18 (A level).
Biology is the study of life.
Of how living things came about, of their variety, of how they build themselves, reproduce and pass on traits to the next generation and how they maintain and power themselves throughout changing conditions.
Chemistry is the study of matter.
The way that matter and energy interact with each other. Along with Physics it is a branch of physical science. How different substances interact with one another, and make new materials, their properties and uses.
Physics is the study of energy and matter.
The way that matter interacts and is influenced by energy. A branch of physical science along with Chemistry. It studies the smallest sub atomic particles right up to stars and galaxies in an attempt to explain how the universe behaves.