Salters' Science: Year 11 Modules

The Salters’ double award science course included 11 modules for Year 11. Each module relates to materials, phenomena or ideas which would be familiar to students or of value in their everyday lives. These starting points illustrated scientific principles in action, creating an applications-led course of study. By capturing classroom 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.

Burning and Bonding [mainly chemistry]: This module draws together the chemical ideas about bond making and bond breaking and the relationship between bonding and bulk properties of compounds.

Controlling Change [mainly biology]: Compares feedback and control in biological systems with that in physical ones. Study of the nervous and endocrine systems.

The Earth in Space [astronomy / physics]: The formation of the Earth and its relationship to other bodies in space, gravity and the movement of satellites.

Electricity Today and Tomorrow [mainly physics]: Electricity supply and distribution. Differences between dc and ac, transformers, safety devices and the wiring of domestic circuits.

Evolution [mainly biology]: The evidence for changes over time and how it is interpreted. Genes, chromosomes and the mechanisms of inheritance.

Making Use of Oil [mainly chemistry]: The range of products distilled from crude oil and competing pressures for their use. The economics of recycling.

Seeing Inside the Body [biology / physics]: The use of modern techniques for diagnosis or treatment of illness. Radioactivity and the structure of the atom. The electromagnetic spectrum

Sound Reproduction [mainly physics]: Production, transmission and reproduction of signals and some of the devices used.

Sports Science [mainly physics]: Bones and muscles as applications of levers. Respiration and the circulatory system. Potential and kinetic energy, pole vaulting and free-fall.

Staying Alive [mainly biology]: The organisation of cells in living organisms. Aerobic and anaerobic respiration, photosynthesis and digestion.

Waste Not, Want Not [chemistry / biology]: Processing of waste and recycling of materials in nature and in society. Natural cycles including the carbon cycle and the nitrogen cycle.

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Burning and Bonding

A Year 11 module from the Salters’ Key Stage Four double award gcse science course. This module draws together ideas about chemical bonding and the energy changes associated with bond making and bond breaking. The relationship between type of bonding and the properties of the resulting compounds is considered. The...

Controlling Change

A Year 11 module from the Salters Key Stage Four double award science course. This module introduces ideas about how living organisms control their internal environment and respond to changes in their external environment. Students are reminded that few living things can survive for long without water. A text...

The Earth in Space

A Year 11 module from the Salters’ Key Stage Four double award science course. This module begins with revision of prior knowledge about stars, planets, moons and other bodies found in space. Students then consider gravity as the force which controls movement of bodies in space. They study the effect of gravity on...

Energy Today and Tomorrow

A Year 11 module from the Salters’ Key Stage Four double award science course. This module deals with the generation, transmission and supply of electric power.

Understanding of the inductive effect is developed through demonstrations and practical work progressing to the design of dynamos and generators....

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