DNA Model

Anastasia, The Romanovs and DNA Profiling

The afternoon began with a trip to the theatre and ended in an internet search for the DNA profiling of Tsar Nicholas and his family.

The Theatre Royal Windsor showed a straight play this afternoon called The Anastasia File. Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas and his wife Alexandra, has been portrayed on stage and screen and has the highest profile of the five children. Continue reading Anastasia, The Romanovs and DNA Profiling

Private Tutor

Private Tutors – Professional Educators or a Means to Earn Pin Money?

I’ve been a private tutor for twelve years. I’ve had dealings in a professional capacity with a variety of tutors, from on-line forums to professional recommendations, from offering advice to tutors starting out to frantically seeking tutors for my own children in emergency situations! We’re a very mixed bunch. Continue reading Private Tutors – Professional Educators or a Means to Earn Pin Money?

Growing crystals in beakers

Kitchen Chemistry – Growing Crystals

There is no better way to engage young children in science that to offer to let them do ‘an experiment’. The golden rule before you begin anything vaguely scientific with a small child is to establish the very first law of laboratory safety. Don’t put anything in your mouth! Or, in any other orifice for that matter. So, not only must you not eat anything, you must not suck pens, or fingers, or hair, or anything else creative – and as soon as you have finished, you must wash your hands. With the boring bit – and the most important bit – dealt with, it’s time to get on. Continue reading Kitchen Chemistry – Growing Crystals

A Level Practical Biology Guide

The Importance of the A Level Biology Core Practicals

When the new curriculum was introduced three or four years ago, there was an outcry when it was announced that the ‘practical exam’ was being dropped. At the time, the media fed us a frenzy half truths, suggesting that practical skills were no longer important in science. While I am happy to lament the lack of practical experiences in the lower school, (after all, teaching science without practicals is akin to teaching food tech without cooking) once we reach A Level, I quite like the new system. Continue reading The Importance of the A Level Biology Core Practicals