TOPIC 1: Introducing science at Alsager
|Year 7 Passport to science induction This unit uses the great hot chocolate experiment to introduce pupils to laboratory equipment, techniques and staying safe in the laboratory.||Unit Title – It’s a small world Biology National curriculum: Structure & function of living things – Cells & organization.|
TOPIC 2: The Adventures of Little Frances
Theme for the units is to follow the adventures of Little Frances to learn where she came from and what mischief she gets up. Discover the world of particles, reproduction, impure substances, and acids and alkalis through the world of Frances, whether it’s playing with chemicals or getting into trouble with a shrink ray.
|Structure & function of living things – Little Frances – This is your life: Explore the full human life cycle through the life of Frances. Discover where baby Frances came from and what will happen to her next during puberty and beyond.||Chemical & physical reactions – Little Frances wants to explore the house! Follow her adventure as she finds out that chemicals can be classed as acids or alkalis, mixtures can be separated in different ways and experiments can teach you a lot when done properly.||Physical changes – the particulate nature of matter – Little Frances is taken to work by her mum who is an environmental scientist, Frances toddles off and gets shrunk down to particle size. Mum realises and then starts going around everything in her lab with a microscope looking at solid, liquids, gases and even smoke that is coming from a candle to find Frances. Whilst being shrunk Frances manages to find out how different objects float as she navigates the particle world trying to get back to her mum.|
TOPIC 3: Can we get the bees back?
Theme is complex interaction of changes – can making a small change, such as using a fertilizer lead to a change in an ecosystem
|Relationships in an ecosystem – if we encourage plant growth of particular species evaluate the possible impact on numbers of organisms (bees) in the food web & ecosystem.||Atoms elements & compounds – can we make liquid plant food / fertiliser & write the equation for this using knowledge of acids & chemical reactions (potassium nitrate from nitric acid & potassium hydroxide).||Forces – Forces involved seed dispersal – if the fertilizer causes the fruit to grow more quickly how will this impact the forces involved in gravity drop fruit & wind dispersal. Will early / late fruit drop affect bee population?|
TOPIC 4 – Big bang fireworks
Theme for unit is to design an end of year firework display.
|Chemical reactions – combustion & oxidation – write the word equations for combustion of fuels & oxidation of metals. This can then be applied to a simplified firework reaction (potassium nitrate breaking down to form potassium nitrite & oxygen; the oxygen & carbon react to form carbon dioxide; the energy given out excites metals to give out the coloured light). Pupils make a simple splint sparkler.||Circuits – Design a circuit detonator system to light a firework display – simple one firework – what can be achieved with series & parallel circuits to light multiple fireworks at delayed timings|
|Forensics topic: Cellular respiration – Initial idea that absence of cellular respiration will result in death & subsequent decay will be by microorganisms which respire. Use forensic botany to determine location of murder crime scene & forensic entymology related to decay of body.||Forensics topic: Earth – initial examination of the crime scene using chemical tests (flame tests) & biochemical tests (food tests) to analyse samples found at the scene. Use knowledge of rock types to provide evidence to relate soil samples found on shoes to geographical location e.g. shoe contain igneous & sedimentary rock & two possible locations one is metamorphic rock & other is lakeside which has igneous & sedimentary matching the soil sample||Space topic: Space Physics – How long will it take to reach the area to be colonised? What will the conditions be like? Seasons? Temperature? How will we land on the surface? Will the forces be the same as on Earth? Will there be asteroid impacts? How are satellites used in space?|