What everyone needs to know:
- Name the layers within the structure of the Earth and suggest why it would be difficult to journey to the centre of the Earth.
- Recall where the three different types of rock are found and that they are connected in a cycle.
- State that rocks are broken apart over time by weathering.
- Describe how oil is running out and explain why it is a finite resource.
- Ask questions to survey people’s opinions about recycling and present data in tables.
- State what ‘carbon neutral’ means and recall how carbon is ‘recycled’ naturally in the carbon cycle.
- Describe how we know that levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have increased.
- Draw a scale cross-sectional diagram of the Earth and label all the sections correctly.
- Explain the processes by which the three different types of rock are formed.
- Describe the physical processes of the rock cycle, including weathering and erosion.
- Explain some of the key problems that result from our reliance on fossil fuels.
- Interpret answers to survey questions and produce suitable graphs.
- Draw and describe the key parts of the carbon cycle and describe how biofuels are made and used.
- Explain why people hold different views about the effects of increased levels of carbon dioxide.
- Suggest solutions to the problem of how we can reach the centre of the Earth.
- Explain key properties of the three types of rock in terms of their formation, and suggest uses for them.
- Explain evidence for the rock cycle and some more complex processes including lithification.
- Predict some of the effects on people of running out of oil and evaluate possible solutions.
- Evaluate the quality of survey data and suggest improvements to the survey.
- Explain how the carbon cycle is kept in balance and list benefits and drawbacks of biofuels.
- Evaluate secondary sources of data about climate change and justify their own opinions.
What is being taught week by week:
Week 1: During the first week, the focus has been on intriducing the course which is set out above.
Week 2: The structure of the Earth. You will look at the different layers and, more importantly as young scientists, look at how we know this.