Level 1 Science for Living (SFL101)

SFL101
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: M. Blackburn

An internal course aimed at students who perform well in practical tasks. The course covers two Agricultural and Horticultural standards where students learn how to prepare a garden, grow seeds and take cutting to plant out in the garden. Two standards are taken from the Science area– these standards change with student interests. They have in the past studied standards from the Planet Earth and Beyond (earthquakes, Earth cycles), practical investigation (waka, electricity and magnetism, rates of reactions) or a biology context (looking at if Zoos are good or bad for animal species, micro-organisms).


Course Overview

Term 1
TOPIC 1
Agricultural and Horticultural Science 1.2 - Demonstrate practical skills used in agricultural or horticultural production -INTERNAL

TOPIC 2
Agricultural and Horticultural Science 1.9 - Demonstrate knowledge of basic plant propagation techniques - INTERNAL
The two topics involve the students preparing the garden for planting, growing from seeds and taking cutting. Care of the plants and harvesting what has been grown.

Term 2
TOPIC 3
Science 1.15 - Demonstrate understanding of the effects of astronomical cycles on planet Earth - INTERNAL
Astronomical cycles are:
• Spin of the Earth
• Orbit of Earth around Sun
• Orbit of Moon around Earth
• Effect of the Earth’s tilt and the heating effect of the Sun.

Effects on planet Earth may be selected from:
• Day and night
• Seasons
• Changes of temperature during the day and night
• Seasonal changes at the North and South poles, latitude of New Zealand, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, and the Equator
• Formation and direction of winds in the Southern hemisphere - direction of surface ocean current flows in the Pacific Ocean
• Phases of the Moon
• Formation of tides
• Neap and Spring tides.

Term 3
TOPIC 4
Biology 1.2 - Report on a biological issue -INTERNAL
Students visit Wellington Zoo to learn more about the importance of zoos around the World. They look at how the animals are housed and what care is given them. After the visit they research the issues of zoos and come to a personal conclusion about whether they have a positive or negative part to play in animal welfare.

Term 4
Revisit TOPIC 1 and 2.

Pathway

Level 2 Science - Science and Society (SAS201)

Students who enjoy science but struggle with learning of concepts and applying knowledge to questions. As the course is based on “doing” to gain evidence rather than writing. This course does not allow students to progress into science at Level 2.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

20 x Copysafe pockets, 1 x A4 lined refill, $15 trip to Wellington Zoo


Recommended Prior Learning

Students are selected in consultation with HOD Science and HOD Learning Support. Students who are recommended for this course will be notified at the beginning of Term 1 2021.


Credit Information
Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90157 v4 Agricultural and Horticultural Science 1.2 - Demonstrate practical skills used in agricultural or horticultural production
Assessments:
Term: , Week:
1
I
4
A.S. 90923 v2 Agricultural and Horticultural Science 1.9 - Demonstrate knowledge of basic plant propagation techniques
Assessments:
Term: , Week:
1
I
4
Y
A.S. 90926 v3 Biology 1.2 - Report on a biological issue
1
I
3
Y
A.S. 90954 v3 Science 1.15 - Demonstrate understanding of the effects of astronomical cycles on planet Earth
1
I
4
Y
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 15 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 15 credits.

Pathway Tags

Students that gain 12 or more credits from this course have entry ONLY into the Level 2 Science course, Science and Society at the discretion of the HOD. Students will need to have shown an interest in Science and have good attendance. It is recommended that students have gained Level 1 literacy. NOTE: Students taking this course are ineligible to do any other Level 2 science course -Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Earth Space Science. Level 2 Science and Society does not continue to a Level 3 Science course.