Big idea: dynamic Earth

The rocks and landscape around us appear unchanging and permanent, but careful observation can detect the effects of weathering and erosion on exposed rocks, and the laying down of sediments that in the right conditions can be changed into new rock.

Longer-term processes transform rocks deep underground and bring fresh rock to the surface. Understanding the dynamic Earth helps us to identify and utilise resources it contains and to find ways to build a sustainable and environmentally stable future.

 

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Mountains and valleys

 

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: Earth's resources

Topic 2: Physical weathering and erosion

  • Key concept 1
    Physical weathering and erosion

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

Topic 3: Rock changes

  • Key concept 1
    Making rock by pressure and cementing

    Resources for this key concept are being developed from research evidence and will be uploaded in Spring/Summer 2020.
  • Key concept 2
    Making fossil fuels


    Resources for this key concept are being developed from research evidence and will be uploaded in Spring/Summer 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 Earth science subject map