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Example overview - links to the GCSE syllabus

Biology Essential basic theory
• Levels of organisation (molecular, cellular, etc.) Four principles of biology

Chemistry
• Atomic structure – nature of matter Periodic table Chemical bonding Reactions

Physics
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Needs

Biology
Format: Theory application • Circulatory system CPR • Nervous system Anaesthetics and painkillers • Skeleton, muscles and movement – fractures, sprains and breaks • Homeostasis – fevers, hypothermia • Skin and tissues – wound treatment • Microorganisms – infections • Digestion – foraging and sickness • Food and diet – farm planning • DNA and proteins – getting enough protein in a diet • Photosynthesis, respiration, plant cells, plant growth and transport – growing food, cultivating trees • Genetics and breeding – plant breeding • Reproduction – plant cycles and harvesting seeds • Competition and ecology - weeds • Greenhouse effect – global warming and impact on species • Taxonomy – understanding groups of plants • Nitrogen cycle fertiliser • Useful bacteria – making yoghurt, cheese, silage, vinegar and compost • Drugs – fungi foraging and alcohol production

Chemistry
Format: Theory application • Solvent and colloids – DIY cosmetics • Salts – cooking salt • Emulsifiers – making soap

Physics
Format: Theory application

Health and first aid

Food and drink

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Halogens – water purification Acids and bases – soil acidity and neutralisation Salts – ammonia production, hard and soft water Nitrogen chemistry – nitrogen cycle Cooking and food additives – preserving food

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Electromagneti c radiation – greenhouse effect Pressure in liquids – food irrigation Forces and projectiles – arrows and hunting Work and power – tractors Moments and levers – tractor gears, mechanics

Hardware and materials

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Energy – fuels and electricity

Decomposition and fermentation biofuels

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Periodic table – understanding materials Metals – metals and alloys for fabrication Electrolysis – metal extraction Polymers – bioplastics Redox reactions – rusting Electrochemistr y, acids and bases – batteries and fuel cells Alkanes, alkenes and alcohol – fossil fuels and alternatives Solvents and colloids – paint Metalloids – silicon for electronics and solar power

Shelter

Salts and rocks – concrete and quicklime

Communication

Misc.

Evolution, relation to religion

Geology and the Earth’s structure

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Electric circuits, PD, resistance, current – home energy Transformers and capacitors – circuits and inverters Electromagneti sm generators and motors Electricity generation – large-scale fuels (nuclear, fossil, biomass) Heat and energy – steam power Heat and energy conservation – conduction, convection and radiation in housing Wave theory and electromagneti c radiation – telecommunicat ion: radio, internet, telephone Space and the universe Light and lenses – photography and film Types and uses of radioactivity