Big idea: organisms and their environments

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 their environments

Topic 3: Biodiversity and human impacts

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