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Great Secondary Lesson Ideas

Teachers demonstrate inspirational KS3/4 lesson ideas, offering comprehensive resources including lessons plans and tips for you to use in class. You can also watch Great Primary Lesson Ideas.

There are 32 videos in this series.

5 mins The Weather - Hurricane Katrina
A Key Stage 3 geography role play, examining weather and climate conditions during the build up and arrival of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, 2005.
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5 mins The Weather - Severe Christmas Conditions
Engaging Key Stage 3 geography with great ideas for examining severe weather conditions.
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5 mins The Weather - Sounds, Pictures, Blogs and Poetry
An innovative approach and great lesson idea for bringing the traditional climate graph to life for Key Stage 3 geography students.
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5 mins Team-Teaching Shakespeare
Key Stage 3 English students work together in an introductory lesson on analysing Shakespeare.
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5 mins Inspirational Speeches
A fun secondary lesson idea, where Year 7 English students construct their own inspirational speeches. Suitable for Key Stage 3.
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5 mins Innovative Approaches to Poetry
Year 10 English pupils explore William Blake's poem, London, in an usual and innovative way. Suitable for Key Stage 4 exam preparation.
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5 mins Thermit Reaction in Chemistry
A lesson planning resource for Year 9 chemistry lessons, centred on getting pupils to use their knowledge of the reactivity series as part of an active lesson involving a safe version of the thermit reaction.
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5 mins Conservation of Mass
Three lesson planning ideas for short, snappy chemistry experiments for Key Stage 3 lessons, designed to help pupils explore the principle of conservation of mass.
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5 mins Indicators in Chemistry
A lesson planning resource for Key Stage 3 chemistry lessons on investigating colour change and indicators, including ideas for fun experiments using alkalis and acids.
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5 mins How Many Peas Fill the Classroom?
This fun and active maths lesson for Key Stage 3 students involves measuring, estimating and calculating, and contains a great lesson idea for use in lesson planning.
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5 mins Fibonacci Numbers
This planning resource for lessons explaining and investigating Fibonacci numbers for Key Stage 3 mathematics students in Year 7, shows how to make the maths lesson fun and engaging.
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5 mins Accuracy of Measurements
An unusual and active lesson planning idea for teaching Key Stage 3 pupils about making accurate measurements, in this secondary mathematics resource.
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5 mins Straight-line Graphs
A planning idea for turning lessons on using graphs and gradients into practical activities to help pupils understand the concepts, in this secondary Key Stage 3 mathematics resource.
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5 mins Secondary Maths - Collaborative Memory
An innovative lesson planning idea for exploring equations with secondary students in an active Key Stage 3 mathematics lesson.
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5 mins English and Black History - Reading 'Roll of Thunder'
This combined KS3 English and history lesson idea examines links between slavery and American Civil Rights, using Mildred Taylor's book Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry.
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5 mins English and Black History - Role-playing 'Roll of Thunder'
KS3 students role-play characters from Mildren D Taylor's book Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, merging black history with English.
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5 mins English and Black History - Creating a 'Windrush Day' Campaign
This KS3 English and black history lesson idea invites students to look at the contribution of black and Asian people in Britain.
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5 mins Kung Fu Physics
Using martial arts to explore physics, Year 9 pupils investigate energy and forces to see if theoretically they could break a piece of wood with a punch, in a fun idea to use in lesson planning.
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5 mins Physics - The Cartesian Diver
The classic Cartesian Diver physics experiment gets re-worked as a magic trick, to help a Year 7 class explore pressure and density, in this fun idea for transforming classroom practice.
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5 mins Physics - Radiation Officer
A secondary physics teacher uses role play to liven-up her KS4 lesson on radiation and smoke alarms, by dressing up as a radiation officer, in this engaging pedagogy video.
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5 mins GCSE English - Building Confidence in Extended Writing
A Key Stage 4 English lesson on extended writing that uses pair and group work to build confidence in writing a film review.
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5 mins GCSE English - Poetry Visualisation
A lesson on poetry for KS3/4 English students, designed to boost confidence when analysing a poem's various interpretations.
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5 mins GCSE English - My Last Duchess
A KS4 English lesson which helps the students connect with Robert Browning's My Last Duchess is examined in this video, aimed at helping teachers with their planning.
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5 mins GCSE Maths - Team Challenge
A KS4 GCSE maths revision lesson that is used as a means of assessing students' understanding of a recently completed module of work.
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5 mins GCSE Maths - The Jet Setters Project
A KS4 maths project which takes place over five lessons, demonstrating to students how to apply their mathematical knowledge to planning a trip abroad.
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5 mins GCSE Maths - Algebra Carousel
A KS4 maths algebra revision lesson that enables students to share their different methods in solving mathematical problems.
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15 mins Combating Cyberbullying
This KS2-KS4 lesson-planning resource shows the impacts of cyberbullying and how children can become cyberbullies. It supports Every Child Matters and addresses human health and safety, and personal and social skills.
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15 mins GCSE Geography: Population, Employment and Ecosystems
Four imaginative lesson ideas for KS4 geography are demonstrated by three teachers. This lesson-planning resource addresses environmental change and sustainable development; and water, landscapes and people.
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15 mins GCSE History: Apartheid and Nazi Germany
Innovative history lesson ideas on a selection of topics covering the GCSE curriculum, including Key Stage 4 European and world history, are demonstrated by three teachers in this lesson-planning resource.
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15 mins Secondary Science in Practice
Challenge Key Stage 3/4 pupils by taking them out of the classroom to see science in practice. Secondary school teacher and local authority adviser Mary Muggridge presents three great ideas for science day trips.
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15 mins Secondary History and Art
Discover inspirational Key Stage 3/4 lesson ideas, with art and history day trips including visits to a Roman museum and a warship.
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15 mins From Farm to Fork
This design and technology (D&T) lesson-planning resource presents three inspirational food technology lesson ideas, using learning outside of the classroom to instil in Key Stage 3/4 students a passion for food.
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