Level 1 Science Extension
Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Dryburgh
Graduate profile: (What qualities/additional skills learners will achieve by taking this course?)
This course prepares students primarily for Level 2 NCEA Science subjects. It also offers an in-depth study of Living things, including genetic variation, the chemistry of substances, and forces and motion of objects. This is an extension course and students are expected to aim for the higher assessment grades. Students will have opportunities to gain in-depth of selected areas of the New Zealand Curriculum at Level 6. This will be via practicals, research and written reporting. There are three externally assesses standards covered.
Possible Career/ Vocational Pathway(s): (What career pathways are related to this course?)
Learning outcomes/Assessment links: See standards list
Note: Courses are subject to change with the review of courses at the end of each year. Course is endorsable.
Progression: (What courses does this course lead to?)
Depending on the outcomes, in particular external assessments, this course can lead to any of the Level 2 Science courses.
Vocational/Industry links: (What vocational or industry learning experiences will be included in this course?)
This is a pure science course.
Contextualised contexts: (What local, cultural, real-life content is involved in this course?)
Teachers make links to the real world with most concepts they introduce to help with understanding and connectedness of ideas.
Teaching and Learning Approaches: (How will I learn in this course?)
Students will learn through ICT use for visualisation of abstract ideas, field trips, future-relevant foundational understanding of the world, Applied mathematics and statistics, Scientific writing and Scientific investigation and laboratory work.
Chemical reactions and microbes
KEY DATES: Week 6: Chemical reactions assessment; Week 11: Hand in microbes report
KEY DATES: week 5: Physical investigation assessment
KEY DATES: Week 5: Mechanics test; Week 9/10 Derived Grade examinations - Mechanics and Acids & Bases
Revision for externals and further assessment opportunities
KEY DATES: Week 4: Mock examination for Genetics; Week 5: NCEA examinations
Students will require a 2B8 Lab Book.
Recommended Prior Learning
Entry is dependent upon students' results from Year 10 Science.
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 24 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.