Amplification of the Learning Objectives

In separate documents, this resource provides guidance for teachers to plan for progression of students aged 11-16, based on the National Strategies Framework for Secondary Science Learning Objectives. Each learning objective is given further explanation under the heading ‘Pupils could learn to … ’ 


1. How science works *Applications, implications and cultural understanding *Communication for audience and with purpose *Scientific thinking – challenge and collaboration *Scientific thinking – developing argument *Scientific thinking – developing explanations using ideas *Using investigative approaches – assessing risk *Using investigative approaches – managing variables *Using investigative approaches – planning an approach *Using investigative approaches – presenting primary evidence *Working critically with primary evidence *Working critically with secondary evidence

2. Organisms, behaviour and health *Life processes (excretion) *Life processes (growth) *Life processes (movement) *Life processes (nutrition) *Life processes (reproduction) *Life processes (respiration) *Life processes (sensitivity) *Variation and interdependence *Behaviour

3. Chemical and material behaviour *Particle models *Chemical reactions *Patterns in chemical reactions

4. Energy, electricity and forces *Energy (biological systems) *Energy (electric current) *Energy (heat) *Energy (light) *Energy (sound) *Identifying forces *Forces (and motion) *Forces (and pressure) *Forces (and turning effects)

5. The environment, Earth and the universe *Changing environment *Changing Earth *Earth, Space and beyond

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