science in the news
Click the link below to download this week’s newsletter to use as a display or homework task. Your students can extend their knowledge by exploring stories that link to the GCSE core science curriculum. Items included focus on air pollution, genetics, plant hormones, plate tectonics and energy efficiency.
After an Easter break Science in the News-letter returns with five stories from the past two weeks for your students to explore.
These include looking at the possibility that we could be visited by alien intelligent dinosaurs and how computer models are being used to count penguins from space* More
Following the popularity of the Science in the News-letters for KS4/5, I have decided to write a junior version. This will be a monthly event and include three news-stories with the normal links and questions, but designed for younger students (aged 8-12).
The stories and questions are linked to the KS2/3 curriculum content and the newsletter is supplied with a teacher guide which includes links to news stories for background information and model answers to the questions differentiated by key stage. More
Understanding the science behind the news allows us to balance the pros and cons and make a balanced decision.
Two stories in this week’s newsletter ask students to do this: The collapse of footballer Fabrice Muamba during a match last Saturday has sparked a debate about whether athletes should be screened for heart abnormalities. Also: should an area of natural beauty in South Africa undergo the controversial drilling practice for natural gas known as fracking?
This week’s newsletter features stories about the recent solar flares, a famous movie director’s quest to reach Earth’s lowest point, a car that may help us slow climate change down and the possible consequences if we don’t.
As these newsletters are only really suitable for KS4 and KS5 students, I have been considering publishing a monthly science in the news-letter for younger students (ages 8-13). If you think this is something you would be interested in, please let me know (as I will only do this if there is demand). More
Quite a life-science heavy newsletter this week which I make no apologies for as it has been a very exciting week for biologists.
In this week’s newsletter your students can find out how giant prehistoric fleas were adapted to feed on dinosaurs; why the statement that a female baby is born with all of the eggs she will ever produce may no longer be true and how scientists have discovered rather a lot about an ancient iceman. More