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Course Title Content ACE Grade - PACE No. Practical Session Content Critical Thinking Activity Home Education Lesson
1. Nature Of Science Distinguishing between experimental/operational science and historical science

The Scientific method

Indicators, acids and bases
7 - 1073

10 -1109

6 - 1061

Students make an indicator and use it to identify acids and alkalis from household products. These results are compared with UI. Students critically compare operational science with science investigating the past, recognising that these methods will produce conclusions with different levels of certainty. S001
2.Evidence for a global Flood

(can be split into two sessions; Rocks and Fossils)

Creation – Study Genesis 1 v 1-9

The flood – Study Genesis Chpt 6,7

Plate tectonics

The structure of the Earth

Fossil grave-yards

3 Types of rock

Sedimentary rock formation

How to make a fossil

Polystrate fossils

7 – 1073

8 - 1096

8 – 1090

8 - 1086

8 - 1096

6 – 1063 8 - 1094

8 - 1086

8 - 1086
There are 4 experiments:

1.Sedimentation jars are used to show how sediment self-sorts into layers

2. 15 different rock samples are available to examine using hand lenses.

3. A ‘fossil’ is made from Plaster of Paris.

4. 10 different fossils are examined in a fossil identification quiz.

Students are invited to link together evidence from fossil formation, fossil abundance and type of rock to formulate a theory as to how this evidence in the rocks could have arisen. R001
3.The Age of the Earth Evolution requires long ages:

Uniformitarianism and recent cataclysmic geology are contrasted,

Evidence from folding of rocks

Unfossilised blood protein in dinosaur bones

Images of dinosaurs in temple carvings

Radiometric dating – inconsistent results

Additional evidence that supports a young Earth from astronomy and Earth Sciences.(eg Earth’s magnetic field, comets)

8 - 1096

10 -1120 11 -1132

12 -1141

5 – 1054 6 - 1066

Radiometric Dating is modelled and the characteristic exponential decay curve drawn and the half-life determined.

Younger students can make a simulated volcano

Students research 'for' and 'against' arguments, gathering evidence for a young Earth. They then engage in a formal debate, drawing on their research, to produce argument in support of, or against the question.
4.How life Began Abiogenesis

Louis Pasteur – Swan neck flasks experiment

Miller-Urey Experiment

The discovery of the DNA molecule

DNA complexity and role in Reproduction.

Statistical impossibility of the DNA molecule arising by chance.

4 - 1037

6 - 1072

9 – 1107

7 - 1079

Students learn how to use a microscope.

The DNA molecule is extracted from various fruits.

Students make a model DNA molecule.

Students use marshmallow monsters to model inheritance.

Students devise their own model of DNA.

A group activity in which the Miller-Urey experiment is critically evaluated.

5.Evolution critically examined Charles Darwin at The Galapagos Islands - Evolution is not Natural Selection.

Are mutations the mechanism of change?

Stasis in the fossil record – living fossils.

Hard questions for evolution - complexity

9 – 1107

9 - 1105
Optional experiment : pig or sheep heart dissection Students look at the Theory of Evolution and consider to what extent this theory adopts the The Scientific Method.

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