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Assessment to be carried out during Term 1

Criterion A: One World        
Criterion B: Communication        
Criterion C: Knowledge and Understanding        
Criterion D: Scientific Enquiry        
Criterion E: Processing Data        
Criterion F: Attitudes to Science        



Forces and their affect on the human body

 Student Learning Outcomes – at the end of this unit, students should be able to:

Understand how to interpret displacement-time and velocity time graphs. 

Use the formula x = ½ at2  in unfamiliar situations.

Recall and apply Newton’s laws of motion to both familiar and unfamiliar situations.

Know conditions and factors affecting terminal velocity.

Appreciate the affects of sudden deceleration/acceleration on the human body.

Appreciate the difference between mass and weight.

Know why astronauts appear weightless and the affects on the human body of long term weightlessness.

Understand kinetic and potential energy and its interchange in freefall and in the rollercoaster.

Be aware of the factors that affect the period of a simple pendulum.

Appreciate the meaning of work in a physical sense.

Understand condition for circular motion and how this can produce ‘artificial gravity’ in space environment.

Appreciate the effects on the human body of long term weightlessness.


Role of thermodynamics in driving the Earth’s systems

 Student Learning Outcomes – at the end of this unit, students should be able to:

Appreciate the mechanisms of CCR.

Understand the options available to reduce energy losses from buildings and to determine the most cost effective options for a given budget.

Understand how the human body maintains a constant temperature through evaporation.

Understand the meaning of the terms temperature, heat, and internal energy.

Understand specific heat capacity.

Understand latent heat.

Explain the expansion and contraction of materials, and its relevance to everyday life.

Understand the roll of the thermohaline conveyor in sustaining global temperatures.

Appreciate that thermodynamics drives our weather.


Sensing the environment

 Student Learning Outcomes – at the end of this unit, students should be able to:

Appreciate how static electricity can be produced and its uses.

Understand the chemistry of electrolysis and how to electroplate.

Understand what an amp and a volt really means.

Understand the concept of electrical resistance and be able to use it to predict the amount of electric current resulting from given potential differences across series and parallel circuits. 

Understand the potential divider

Understand the operation of a LDR, Thermistor and diode.

Be able to design basic switching circuits using LDR, thermistor and potential divider to carry out a variety of tasks within our communities.

Design and build a MindStorms NXT robot and programme it to carry out a range of challenges.