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Ban UV beds

  • GCSE
  • Topical

Type: Activity
Learning Strategy: Data work
Topic: DNA

Our unique new approach to teaching skills for GCSE. Sunbeds have recently been banned for under-18's. But should they have banned them completely? In the activity, students learn about the dangers of UV, and develop a vital assessed skill: explaining how strongly evidence supports a hypothesis.

The skill teaching is based around a 'Lifeline' - to break down and visualise the thinking process, making it accessible to students of all abilities.

Ban UV beds is a sample from our new Crucial pack, building skills for better GCSE results.

Published: 4th July 2011
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Learning objectives

This lesson teaches the assessed skill of reasoning from evidence: checking it, summarising it and suggesting next steps.

• Recall that sunbeds give off UV light which can damage the skin.
• Comment on how confident you are in a claim based on scientific evidence.
• Suggest what extra evidence is needed to make the claim stronger.

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The skill of explaining whether evidence supports a claim or hypothesis is one of the challenging skils required in GCSE assessment, from 2011.

The subject topic is uses and dangers of the electromagnetic spectrum, which is in GCSE Core Science.

Running the activity

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