Big idea: organisms and their environment

All organisms, including humans, depend on, interact with and affect the environments in which they live and other organisms that live there.

 

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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: Interdependence of organisms

Topic 2: Organisms in the environment

  • Key concept 1
    Habitats


    Resources for this key concept are being developed from research evidence and will be uploaded in January 2020.
  • Key concept 2
    Changing environmental conditions

    Resources for this key concept are being developed from research evidence and will be uploaded in January 2020.

Topic 3: Biodiversity and human impacts

  • Key concept 1
    The importance of biodiversity

    Resources for this key concept are being developed from research evidence and will be uploaded in March 2020.
  • Key concept 2
    Human impacts on biodiversity

    Resources for this key concept are being developed from research evidence and will be uploaded in March 2020.

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. 

View the biology subject map