Wednesday 29 Oct 2014
Launching your own astronaut, finding out how the police track down criminals through forensics and using red cabbages to determine acidity and alkalinity are just some of the absorbing subjects on offer in the new BBC Bang Goes The Theory Teacher's Pack.
Featuring a full greatest-hits list of topics covered by the first two series of BBC One's popular science show, BBC Learning has joined forces with experts from the field to create an entertaining resource to bring science to life in innovative ways.
The pack, which includes all the relevant clips on the accompanying DVD, contains lesson plans created around themes from the show, tailor-made classroom resources and specific curriculum and learning links.
The lesson plans can be easily adapted to fit the needs and requirements of the teacher and contain inspiring ideas to help deliver practical and engaging science lessons to 11 to-16-year-olds. For maximum flexibility, the lessons also work as stand-alones, enabling teachers to select subjects that are best suited to the learning priorities of their class.
In addition, extension ideas at the end of the pack can be used to explore subjects further as part of a science club.
Neil and Nick Dixon, secondary school science teachers who helped write the pack, say: "The Bang Goes The Theory show makes science accessible, interesting and fun to learn. So when we were asked to help to create the Teacher's Pack, we couldn't resist it – with all of the awesome science covered in the programme, one of the hardest tasks we faced was trying to squeeze everything in! We have used the first two series to develop exciting, high-profile activities that teachers could do with their students in school. We have already taught these lessons to our students, who loved them. We hope yours do too."
The material has been designed to work across the different curriculums, syllabuses and exam boards in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. There are 18 lesson plans that have been created to fit approximately within 60-minute lessons but all content is flexible and easily adaptable.
The packs have already proven to be popular amongst teachers. Over 3,200 secondary schools across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales signed up to receive copies of the packs during a national BBC Learning promotion.
Dallas Campbell, Bang Goes The Theory presenter, said: "The Bang Goes The Theory Teacher's Pack is a truly fantastic tool designed to inspire young minds and fire imaginations. It has been meticulously put together in a way that reflects the spirit and ethos of the TV show – that science is an adventure we can all take part in."
You can download an English and/or Welsh version of the pack by visiting the BBC Schools website.
BBC Learning plays a central part in meeting the BBC's purpose of promoting education and learning. Utilising the power of the BBC’s big brands and key talent, the department puts learning right at the heart of the BBC and provides a variety of resources and learning opportunities for children, teachers, parents and adult learners. Working with partners and in local communities, BBC Learning aims to stimulate interests and encourage engagement through a variety of campaigns across all BBC genres and platforms.
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