Secondary Resource Archive

Clean Science

Students investigate the cleaning power of washing agents and through a series of investigations.

Special Needs Supplement

A range of science investigations that have been adapted for secondary-school students with particular learning needs. In these activities appropriate teaching and learning strategies allow special needs students to play a full part within science activities.

Understanding Food Additives

The forerunner of its Understanding Food Additives web site the resource contains information on a range of food additives and extensive suggestions for practical activities.

Waste Away

Here the focus is on different types of industrial waste disposal including the biological treatment of industrial waste using air as a source of oxygen and problems that such biological treatment plants face.

A Question of Cooling

These materials help students to gain an understanding of a number of scientific ideas through investigating how a refrigerator works.

Breathing Made Easy

Breathing made easy helps students understand asthma, its diagnosis and treatment through role play, practical work and demonstrations.

Captains of Industry

A challenge for students to develop an understanding of the use of energy and raw materials including strategies for the profitable operation of manufacturing in the United Kingdom. Students gain an understanding of how science is used in an industrial context.

Dental Dilemmas

This resource looks at the testing of materials in the context of dentistry. Students first look at the properties of teeth and the nature of toothache before going on to test materials for a range of physical properties.

Fit to Drink

These activities look at the analysis of drinking water quality. The unit is suitable for use with students who have prior knowledge of the water cycle and of simple water treatment by filtration and chlorination.

Frozen Assets

This activity engages students to consider the responsible use of chemicals and to analyse the impact of a product through all the stages in its life. In this context, students compare different de-icers that might be used on roads in winter. They consider the costs and other factors involved before selecting de-icers for use in some sensitive locations.

Green Chlorine

These materials help students understand the underlying principles of electrolysis and how this process is used in the manufacture of chlorine from brine (salt solution). Students see how the technology has developed and changed the efficiency of the process.

Hot Chocolate

These activities help students to investigate the absorption of radiation, heat transfer and heat capacity.

Let Sleeping Bags Lie

This series of activities investigates heat transfer and the thermal insulation properties of sleeping bags. Detailed teacher guidance and student activity sheets are provided in the materials.

Inclusive Science

This book looks at providing opportunities in science for students with specific learning needs. As well as advice and guidance, it includes details of a range of practical activities and investigations.


These materials look at nuclear fission and nuclear reactors. The activities examine the trend in reactivity of the metals in group II of the periodic table, and include a brief study of isotopes in relation to nuclear fission and nuclear fusion reactions.

Product Design: Plastic Pop Bottles

These materials relate to the choice of materials and production processes involved in the manufacture of plastic bottles for carbonated drinks.

Product Design: Sleeping Bags

Students carry out an investigation of the design and manufacture of sleeping bags as a product analysis exercise to investigate the properties of polymers in relation to the design.

Product Design: Sports Shoes

These activities deal with the different stages of market research, product design, selection of materials and manufacturing processes in the sports shoe industry.

Recycling Cities

These activities help students to examine the recycling of materials and focus on, the properties of plastics, purifying components of a mixture, waste disposal and sustainable development.

Sweet Success

This activity investigates the source of complaints about apparent pieces of 'glass' in cream eggs, and other sugar confectionery. Students explore causes of the problem and also the role of chemical engineers in finding a solution.

Cash and Chemicals

Decisions involved in the design and development of a chemical plant to produce a chemical intermediate required by a new customer; improves student understanding of the working methods of science-based industry.

Chemicals for Healthy Life: Emergency Care

Activities to explore the work of people who develop and test blends of PVC for use in medical equipment.

Chemicals for Healthy Life: Tablet Coating

Designed originally as a unit of GNVQ teaching, the materials contain a range of practical investigations that would be useful for students studying post-16 chemistry, applied science or pharmaceutical science courses.

Chemicals for Healthy Life: Vitamin C

The activities in this resource allow students to examine science concepts applicable to the healthcare industries and the work of people in the sector.

Controlling Chemical Reactions

These activities enable students to see how and why chemical reactions are controlled in a chemical plant. The materials contain full teacher guidance, student notes and activity sheets.

The Essential Plastics Industry

This book contains a wealth of information that cover topics such as the properties of polymers, uses of plastics, production processes, waste reduction, recycling and sustainable development.

Plastics: Guide to Workshop Practices

This booklet looks at working practices in industry and schools relating to thermoplastics and provides an introduction to basic techniques for schools and the more common processes found in industry.

Polymers: Physical testing

The activities described allow post-16 students students to gain experience and practice experimental technique in the testing of materials' physical properties.