During assignment 1 students will be introduced to fundamental concepts in science:
- Cells as the fundamental unit of living organisms, including how to observe, interpret, and record cell structure using a light microscope.
- The properties of the different states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas) in terms of the particle model, including gas pressure.
- Forces being needed to cause objects to stop or start moving, or to change their speed or direction of motion.
Students who make rapid progress in assignment one will consider higher level concepts including relating structures to function in cells, using the particle model to explain other observations about matter and the limit of proportionality for extension of a spring.
Assessment of assignment 1 will be the successful completion of an end of topic test (standard or higher) and a Core Practical Assessment.
During Assignment 2, students will build on the knowledge and skills gained from Assignment 1. They will consider:
- Reproduction in humans, gestation and birth, and the effect of maternal lifestyle on the fetus through the placenta.
- Describing elements and compounds using familiar symbols and formulae.
- Describing different types of waves and comparing transverse with longitudinal waves.
Students who make rapid progress in assignment two will consider higher level concepts including how IVF can increase the chances of pregnancy, explaining why different elements have different properties and explaining superposition of waves.
Assessment of assignment 2 will be the successful completion of an end of topic test (standard or higher) and a Core Practical Assessment.
During Assignment 3, students will study:
- Reproduction in plants including flower structure, wind and insect pollination, fertilisation, including quantitative investigation of some dispersal mechanisms.
- The pH scale for measuring acidity/alkalinity; and indicators.
- The structure of the Universe and the similarities and differences of the planets in our solar system.
Students who make rapid progress in assignment three will consider higher level concepts including hybridisation in plant breeding, evaluating the effectiveness of different indicators and explaining the change in speed of a planet as it moves around its orbit.
Assessment of assignment 3 will be the successful completion of an end of topic test (standard or higher) and a Core Practical Assessment. There will also be an end of year exam to test skills and knowledge from across the whole academic year.