Our team of science teachers and graphic designers have created a range of GCSE science resources that perfectly match the AQA specification. The Thinkie pack can be used online or offline, which gives you you the flexibility of working in the laboratory or in a computer room, or of setting the task for students to complete at home.
See our short video explanation of how Thinkie can work for you or read on.
The design brief our teachers agreed on for Thinkie :
Big time saver and easy accessibility
Flexibility to allow use in a range of circumstances
Enables students the opportunity to work independently
New 9-1 assessments would be included
Assessments – A set of 50 x 9-1 assessments with suggested levels and pupil friendly mark schemes. The assessments can be printed at a click, projected or photocopied for your pupils. Each assessment includes: (NB an s has been deleted from “assessments”; next para: best not to start a sentence with a figure, but it’s ok within a sentence for long numbers)
Twenty-five brand new multi-choice, short answer and extended questions, plus the new maths and practical requirements.
Topic summary pages
These consist of 450 thoughtfully designed pages, created to match the AQA specification. Each page is the result of collaboration between our teachers and designers. All the key information from the specification is detailed, along with the necessary maths and practical elements. The pages are clearly marked to show the course and level so that nothing gets overlooked by either the teacher or pupil.
Special feature – The pages contain over 1500 links (seen as QR codes on paper versions which you can photocopy from a masterfolder). A click or quick scan with any mobile device takes you directly to the very best short videos and animations available on the internet. Two years of searching by the Thinkie team enabled them to track down and evaluate/identify the very best materials available. You can be reassured that your students are not wasting time on inadequate resources or viewing material falling outside the specification. In addition you will find hundreds of practice questions and answers to download and print as you work through each page.
How are schools using the topic summary pages?
Teachers and students are able to log into the pages (by using/from) any device in school. Pupils can easily access the paper versions of the summaries via any mobile device or computer (in school and at home) .The combined use of the electronic and paper pages gives you great flexibility.
The suggestions below are just some of the ways we have seen the package being used. Remember any activity benefits from the great links / Qr codes that we have supplied.
Simply project pages to teach in class.
Practice questions can be projected, printed or viewed directly by pupils on mobile devices.
Photocopy the paper version of the topic summaries (with Qr codes). This allows individual students to (progressively) assemble (topic by topic/lesson by lesson) a complete GCSE folder covering the entire AQA course (maybe include your own favourite resources, assessments and the pupils’ homework). Some schools have produced impressive folders and very proud pupils.
Pupils can log in or use paper versions to create their own unique topic summaries in their exercise books. Pupils can include all the key information seen on the page, watch the videos and animations, cut and stick all the superb diagrams and position the QR codes so their summary takes them back to the same high quality materials.
Pupils can work through the required calculations, then watch a video of a teacher doing some examples. Finally try some of your calculations and watch the model answers.
Teachers can use paper versions to create superb revision circuses (Even better in A3)
Don’t limit yourself, these are just a few ideas….combine these activities with your own favourite questions or worksheets. You know your classes and what works best for you. Of course, being able to log in at home or in computer rooms allows the opportunity to set many of these activities as homework.