Big idea: health and disease

Organisms must stay in good health to survive and thrive; the health of an individual organism results from interactions between the organism’s body, behaviour, environment and other organisms.

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Resources for age 11-14

Research informed progression toolkits to help you develop the big ideas of science

The big idea is developed through a series of key concepts at age 11-14, which have been organised into teaching topics.

Topic 1: What are health and disease?

Topic 2: Human lifestyles and health

  • Key concept 1
    Diet

    Resources for this key concept are being developed from research evidence and will be uploaded in May 2019.
  • Key concept 2
    Exercise and asthma

    Resources for this key concept are being developed from research evidence and will be uploaded in May 2019.
  • Key concept 3
    Recreational drug use

    Resources for this key concept are being developed from research evidence and will be uploaded in May 2019.

Topic 3: Infectious disease

  • Key concept 1
    Pathogens

    Resources for this key concept are being developed from research evidence and will be uploaded in November 2019.
  • Key concept 2
    Preventing infection - animals

    Resources for this key concept are being developed from research evidence and will be uploaded in November 2019.
  • Key concept 3
    Preventing infection - plants

    Resources for this key concept are being developed from research evidence and will be uploaded in November 2019.

Is there a recommended teaching order?

The Best Evidence Science Teaching resources can be used with your existing scheme of work, if desired. 

However, we have used research evidence on learning pathways and effective sequencing of ideas to develop subject maps for biology, chemistry, earth science and physics. 

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