Salters' Science: Year 10 Modules

The Salters’ double award science course included 12 modules for Year Ten. Each module relates to materials, phenomena or ideas which would be familiar to students or of value in their everyday lives. These starting points illustrate scientific principles in action, creating an applications-led course of study. By capturing class-room best practice, the course included many types of teaching and learning activities, making the materials a rich source of ideas for interesting and varied lessons.

The Atmosphere: [Earth science/physics] considers the science of the atmosphere and how this relates to weather systems in different parts of the World. The module covers the behaviour of gases and some environmental concerns about the atmosphere.

Balancing Acts: [mainly biology] looks at natural and artificial ecosystems and the balance within them. This module also examines the way in which environmental changes may affect particular ecosystems.

Communicating Information: [mainly physics] Different aspects of communication, the impact of technological developments such as satellites and fibre optics on communication systems and the importance of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Construction Materials: [mainly chemistry] The structure and properties of materials such as glass, timber, metals and plastics which are used in the construction industry.

Electricity in the Home: [mainly physics] The importance of electricity and its safe use in the home. This module covers wiring of circuits, electrical power, loading and overloading of circuits and portable sources of electricity.

Energy Matters: [mainly physics] Energy use in the home and the energy demands of modern life-styles. The cost of energy, its efficient use and ways of reducing energy consumption.

Food for Thought: [biology/chemistry] The role played by science in helping to produce sufficient food. A comparison of intensive and organic farming, food preservation and processing.

Keeping Healthy: [mainly biology] Different types of illness, and the body’s defences against attack. Advances in medical knowledge and the prevention of illness.

Mining and Minerals: [chemistry/earth science] Location, extraction and processing of minerals and the impact on the environment. Methods used to extract metals from their ores.

Moving On: [mainly physics] The forces involved in cycling and in moving vehicles introduce ideas about force, motion, acceleration and pressure. Safety features such as crumple zones, crash helmets and safety belts are considered.

Restless Earth: [Earth science] Factors which contribute to the formation of surface features on the Earth, including earthquakes and volcanoes. A study of the distribution of these features leads to ideas about plate tectonics as an explanation of the processes involved.

Transporting Chemicals: [mainly chemistry] Study of the hazards associated with moving dangerous cargo leads to a system of grouping and classifying chemicals.

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Balancing Acts

A Year Ten module from the Salters’ double award GCSE science course. This module deals with interactions between species in ecosystems. Students are shown how stable conditions lead to a natural balance in populations and how human activities can disturb this balance. Feeding relationships, food chains and food...

Communicating Information

A Year Ten module from the Salters’ double award science course. Exercises on codes and signalling methods introduce ideas about communication. A study of the ear leads to sound communication systems such as radio and telephones. Lenses are studied and the formation of images. Studies of pin-hole cameras lead to...

Construction Materials

A Year Ten module from the Salters’ double award science course. A surveyor’s report on a proposed barn conversion is used to introduce different materials used in construction and issues associated with their use. The lessons which follow then consider each type of material in turn, reviewing structure, properties...

Electricity in the Home

A Year Ten module from the Salters double award science course. Models are used to illustrate conservation of current in a series circuit leading to studies of voltage, current and resistance and the resistance law. Devices which have different resistance in response to conditions, such as LDRs and thermistors are...

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