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The Blue Dragon

KS 1. Scottish levels BGE Early/First/Second Level -  Biological Systems/Materials

The Blue Dragon follows the story of four animals embarking on a journey. Through their experiences the animals learn more about materials and phenomena of science in the real world

The Complete Cosmos: Blast Off!

KS3 / 4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Planet Earth

An introduction to astronomy, space exploration and the astronauts that undertake it. Also looking at the evolution of rocket science, robot space probes and the latest images from deep space.

The Complete Cosmos: Deep Space

KS3 / 4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Planet Earth

The mysteries of the Universe, including black holes, the Big Bang and the origins of Universe, infinity and the measurement of space, the view from Hubble and the Milky Way galaxy.

The Complete Cosmos: Mars and Outer Planets

KS3 / 4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Planet Earth

From Mars to Pluto, a detailed look at the outer planets of the Solar System together with an introduction to the realm of comets such as Hale Bop and Shoemaker-Levy 9 which impacted with Jupiter in 1994.

The Complete Cosmos: Space Watch

KS3 / 4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Planet Earth

The history of space observation, from pioneers such as Galileo to the latest developments in the monitoring of potentially catastrophic near-Earth asteroids and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.

The Complete Cosmos: Sun and Inner Planets

KS3 /4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Planet Earth

The birth, life and death of the Sun; the scorched planet of Mercury; the poisonous, crushing atmosphere of Venus; the story of the Moon; and Earth, the 'blue planet'.

Equinox 1

KS4 / A level. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Topical Science

Science, maths, and technology resources, featuring forensic science, epidemiology and ancient Egypt, the mysteries of gravity, and the Russian 'Ekranoplan' – the future of intercontinental travel?

Equinox 2

KS4 / A level. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Topical Science

Discussing science in the modern world, including biological weapons research, earthquake prediction, genetic science, vivisection, and behaviour theory. Will also suppport design & technology and general studies teaching.

The Farm Revealed

KS4. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third/Fourth Level -  Biological Systems

Five-part series looking at the bio-technology underlying modern techniques of food production, criminal investigation, drug manufacture and organ transplantation.

KNTV Philosophy

14-19 years. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third/Fourth/NQ Level - Topical Science

This 10-part animated series takes its audience on an exploration of the life and works of 10 famous philosophers: Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, René Descartes, Sigmund Freud, Thomas Paine, Plato, Karl Marx, Adam Smith and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Science Bank: Biology

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Biological Systems

Practical demonstrations of experiements which science teachers often find difficult to carry out in school, including photosynthesis, cell and tissue structure and energy and cycles in nature.

Science Bank 2: Biology

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Biological Systems

Responding to stimuli – the eye, the nervous system and plant tropisms. Homeostasis – controlling temperature, water level and blood sugar.

Science Bank 3: Biology

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Biological Systems

Programme notes to support the study of biology at GCSE and Standard Grade, including printable activity sheets. Topics covered include Food and Digestion and Body Parts.

Science Bank: Chemistry

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Materials/Topical Science

Practical demonstrations of experiments which science teachers often find difficult to carry out in school, including raw materials, electrochemistry, patterns of reactivity and particle motion.

Science Bank 2: Chemistry

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Materials/Topical Science

Industrial Chemistry – ammonia, fertilisers, plastics, polymerisation, sulphur and sulphuric acid. Reactions and Energy Changes – exothermic and endothermic reactions, reaction ratms, catalysts.

Science Bank 3: Chemistry

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Materials/Topical Science

Online Extras with printable activity sheets to support the Science Bank 3: Chemistry programmes.

Science Bank: Physics

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Forces/Electricity and Waves/Materials/Topical Science

Practical demonstrations of experiments which science teachers often find difficult to carry out in school, including wave theory, the electromagnetic spectrum and electricity and magnetism.

Science Bank 2: Physics

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third/Fourth - Forces, Electricity and Waves/Materials

Force and Motion – constant speed, acceleration, gravity and falling. Radioactivity – detection and origin, types and properties, measuring and using half-life.

Science Bank 3: Physics

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels Second/Third/Fourth - Forces, Electricity and Waves/Materials

Extensive programme notes with printable activity sheets, plenty of background information and curriculum links for the study of the topics 'Circuits' and 'Heat'.

Science in Focus Special: Beyond the Square Window

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Topical Science

Investigates the future of television.

Science in Focus: Big Questions – the Nature of Scientific Enquiry

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third/Level - Topical Science/Forces/Electricity and Waves

The life and works of five famous scientists whose ideas produced great leaps in our scientific understanding. How did they do it? Why were their ideas so often resisted? And what do their stories tell us about the nature of scientific enquiry?

Science in Focus Special: The Digital World

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third/Level Topical Science

Examines the enormous growth in information and communication technology and some of its applications, from the music industry to education. Based on the 1999 Faraday lecture The Digital World.

Science in Focus Special: Electrons At Play

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Forces/Electricity and Waves/Topical Science

Based on the 1998 Faraday lecture by Professor Frank Close and Dr Bryson Gore focusing on the electron and how it has changed the way we view the world, from the first television set to the discovery of quarks.

Science In Focus Special – Fighting Crime With Science

14–16 years KS4 / GCSE+. BGE Third/Fourth Level/NQ Topical Science

Programme notes from the IEE Faraday Lecture which examines how scientific advances – including DNA analysis and iris recognition technology – can help to solve real crimes.

Science in Focus: Life Science 3

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Biological Systems

The physiology of the heart, blood circulation, and the biology of the body's nervous system, including what really happens when the heart beats and why amputees experience 'phantom pain'.

Science in Focus: Life Science 4

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Biological Systems

Essential topics in biology, including biodiversity, plant life-cycles, ecology and evolution.

Science in Focus: Materials 1

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Materials

Materials and their properties, including rock formations in the Arizona desert, the Grand Canyon, the use of scientific modelling and the Periodic Table.

Science in Focus: Materials 2

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Materials

Real-life situations provide a backdrop to the science of materials, including dental technology, plastic, metal and paper recycling, oil pollution and forensic science.

Science in Focus: Physical Processes 2

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Forces/Electricity and Waves

Physical processes in a practical context, including the Hubble telescope and Big Bang theory, radiation and radiotherapy, electromagnetism and the Eurostar, and the electric city.

Science in Focus: Physical Processes 3

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Forces/Electricity and Waves

The science and uses of wave theory, from seismic waves and earthquake prediction and energy transfer in home insulation to microwave energy and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.

Science in Focus Special: Smart Living at Home with Technology

KS4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Forces/Electricity and Waves/Topical Science

The Institution of Electrical Engineers Faraday Lecture on the science behind the latest smart technology in the home.

Science in Focus Special: Time and Place in the Communication Age

KS3 / 4 / GCSE. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Forces/Electricity and Waves/Topical Science

Supports curriculum areas The Earth and Beyond and Breadth of Study, based on the Faraday Lecture about the history of time measurement, from early civilisation to modern applications in satellites, navigation and map construction.

Science in Focus: The Virtual Body

KS4 / GCSE.  Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Level - Biological Systems

An essential human biology resource with topics included in external exam syllabuses, including the circulatory, sensory, and immune systems, homeostasis and genetics.

Scientific Eye: Life and Living Processes 2

KS3. Scottish levels BGE Third/Fourth Level - Biological Systems

Humans as organisms, looking at movement, cell structures, drugs and health and sexual reproduction.

Scientific Eye: Life and Living Processes 3

KS3. Scottish levels BGE Third/Fourth Level - Biological Systems

Background information and activities based on the science enquiry series where novel experiments and scientific landmarks are brought graphically to life.

Scientific Eye 4 SATs

KS3. Scottish levels Second/Third Level - Biological Systems/Materials/Topical Science/Electricity and Waves

A well-targeted revision resource, based on the sister series to 4Learning's flagship Scientific Eye. Focused highlights include Life Processes and Living Things, Materials and their Properties and Physical Processes.

Scientific Eye: Physical Processes 2

KS3. Scottish levels Second/Third Level - Biological Systems/Materials/Topical Science/Electricity and Waves

The effect of air forces at the world's fastest cycle track, our changing ideas of the solar system from Galileo to today, the principles of electricity in everyday appliances and static electricity in lightning.

Scientific Eye: Physical Processes 3

KS3 / 4 / GCSE.  Scottish levels Second/Third Level - Biological Systems/Materials/Topical Science/Electricity and Waves

Wind turbines and the electricity of the future, thermal imaging of temperature and heat, the properties of light seen in a solar eclipse, the history and uses of magnetism and machines and moments.

Scientific Eye Special: Safety

KS3. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Levels - Material/Topical Science

The hazards associated with a range of familiar living things, materials and devices in school and the home.

Scientific Eye: Materials and Their Properties 1

KS3. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Levels - Materials

Chemical reactions, their importance in all living systems and the impact of chemical changes in industrial processes, from acids and alkalis and limestone extraction, to rocks, fire and the struggle to prevent rust.

Scientific Eye: Materials and Their Properties 2

KS3. Scottish levels BGE Second/Third Levels - Materials

Physical change and the formation of solutions, illustrated with individual stories around the topics of salt water, gases, fuels and the elements.