Big idea: the cellular basis of life

All organisms are made of cells. Multicellular organisms have a hierarchical organisation of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems that work together to keep the cells alive. To stay alive, cells need a supply of energy and molecules for chemical reactions. 

 

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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: Cells

Topic 2: From cells to organ systems

Topic 3: Cellular biochemistry

  • Key concept 1
    Photosynthesis

    Resources for this key concept are being developed from research evidence and will be uploaded in November 2019.
  • Key concept 2
    Cellular respiration

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

    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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