6 Sci 2022

Course Overview


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Recommended Prior Learning:
Students should have a good understanding of curriculum level 5 Science.

This NCEA level 1 course aims to cover most of the core Biology, Chemistry and Physics needed to continue to study these subjects at NCEA level 2 or beyond. Each term students will be prepared for a seperate external assessment, while also having the option of at least one additional internal assessment. The topics covered, and assessments offered will be broadly similar to those offered in the other 6sci class (so be aware of assessment 'double-ups' if you want to do both). The exact content of the course will be determined by the students that select the class each term.

Term 1:
MATP - "we are living in a material world"
For the first term we will focus on Chemistry (the reactions between different substances) working towards the Acids & Bases external assessment. We will also undertake a chemical investigation, leading to an internal assessment.
AS90944 Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases (external, 4 credits)
AS90947 Investigate selected chemical reactions (internal, 4 credits)
AS90930 Carry out a practical chemistry investigation, with direction (internal, 4 credits, numeracy)

MICV - "Genetic Variation"
For the first term we will focus on Biology, working towards the Genetic Variation external assessment. This standard covers all of the biology required for students interested in studying level 2 biology next year. We will also complete the practical biology internal.
AS90948 Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation (external, 4 credits, literacy)
AS90925 Carry out a biological investigation, with direction (internal, 4 credits, numeracy).

ZACW - "Climate change: around the world, here at home" (56CLI)
We'll look at the carbon cycle and climate change (effects, adaptation, and mitigation efforts) in local contexts. Students are encouraged to take both green and blue colour block classes in the climate program. See info here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/19mzVoiS4UFKypP9ZAVRWEcBcc4jTnCmrfDsV...
AS90953 - Demonstrate understanding of carbon cycling (internal, 4 credits)
AS90951 - Investigate the biological impact of an event on a New Zealand ecosystem (internal, 4 credits)

Term 2:
MATP - "All science is either physics or stamp collecting"
Next up is Physics (the study of energy and forces). The external is mechanics. We will also have the option of an internal focusing either on waves or heat.
AS90940 Demonstrate understanding of aspects of mechanics (external, 4 credits, numeracy)
AS90942 Investigate implications of wave behaviour for everyday life (internal, 4 credits, numeracy)
AS90943 Investigate implications of heat for everyday life (internal, 4 credits, numeracy)

MICV - "Chemistry basics"
For the second term we will focus on Chemistry (the reactions between different substances) working towards the Acids & Bases external assessment. This will cover all of the basic chemistry required for students who which to study chemistry in Level 2. For the last part of the term we will start work on a biological report.
AS90944 Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases (external, 4 credits)
AS90926 Report on a biological issue (internal, 3 credits, literacy)

ZACW - "Climate scientists in action!" (56CLI)
We will monitoring local environments and gathering data to inform decision-making and design our own solutions.
AS90925 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with direction (internal, 4 credits)
AS90935 - Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a linear mathematical relationship, with direction (internal, 4 credits) (this will likely continue into Term 3)

Term 3:
MATP - "Life. It's complicated…"
Biology (the study of life and living things) will be our topic of study in term 3. We will learn about genetics (and how this forms the basis of heredity and evolution) in preparation for the external assessment. We will spend some time learning about microorganisms (fungi, bacteria and viruses) and there will be the option of an internal assessment either investigating a biological issue or demonstrating understanding of microorganisms.
AS90948 Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation (external, 4 credits, literacy)
AS90926 Report on a biological issue (internal, 3 credits, literacy)
AS90950 Investigate biological ideas relating to interactions between humans and microorganisms (internal, 4 credits, literacy)

MICV - "Mechanical madness"
Term 3 is Physics (the study of energy and forces). The external is mechanics. This achievement standard covers the basic Physics required for students wanting to continue to Level 2 Physics.
AS90940 Demonstrate understanding of aspects of mechanics (external, 4 credits, numeracy)

ZACW - "What does the scientist think?" (56CLI)
We will engage with climate change-related issues and evaluate different perspectives and ways of tackling the problems. Next, we will evaluate possible solutions and reach our own conclusion and recommendations about how to proceed to adapt/mitigate/solve the issues.
AS90935 - Carry out a practical physics investigation that leads to a linear mathematical relationship, with direction (internal, 4 credits) (continuation of learning from Term 2)
AS90926 - Report on a biological issue (internal, 3 credits)

Term 4 - the inevitable heat-death of the universe
MATP / MICV - All good things come to an end, and so must this course. Term 4 will focus on preparation for external exams and also on any internals that students need to finish or want re-assessments for.



Courses offered per block.

TitleLA CodeBlockYear
May the Force be with you!MICV32022
Experiments and Chemistry!MICV22022
Life. It's complicated…MATP32022
"All science is either physics or stamp collecting"MATP22022
Genetic VariationMICV12022
Living in a material WorldMATP12022