NCEA L1 Physics, Earth & Space Science
Teacher in Charge: Mr D. Tinker
Science is able to inform problem-solving and decision-making in many areas of life. Many of the major challenges and opportunities that confront our world need to be approached from a scientific perspective, taking into account social and ethical considerations.
Studying science enables you to:
This new level 1 consolidated subject weaves together learning from two Science strands within The New Zealand Curriculum: the physical world and planet Earth and beyond.
In both these strands, ākonga develop skills in observation and research, and discover how these principles have built dynamic and rigorous scientific knowledge bases throughout the world. Ākonga will develop ways of thinking and ways of working in physics, and Earth and space science, as they explore mātauranga Māori concepts of taiao, whakapapa, mauri, mōhiotanga, māramatanga, and kaitiakitanga. By understanding that the taiao is dynamic and interwoven, key relationships are explored through physics ideas of transfer of energy, application of forces, and aspects of astronomy and oceanography.
Physics is one of the disciplines of science that seeks to explain the behaviour of everyday objects such as cars, and everyday phenomena such as energy transfer. In physics, ākonga learn how to describe, explain, and predict physical phenomena. Ākonga develop an understanding of important models, laws, and theories of physics, including those relating to energy, forces, and motion. They use their knowledge in learning how diverse phenomena can be explained, identify a range of contemporary issues and challenges, and generate potential technological solutions.
The planet Earth and beyond strand explores the dynamic relationships that exist within the Earth system, as well as the interconnections between the Earth’s subsystems: the geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (life). Within these subsystems, the cycles of water, carbon, rock, and other materials continuously shape, influence, and sustain the Earth and its inhabitants. Ākonga will learn that humans can affect this interdependence in both positive and negative ways.
Earth and space science (ESS) also explores the cyclical interactions between the Earth system and the Sun and Moon. Ākonga will gain an understanding of the numerous interactions that occur between the Earth’s subsystems and the solar system. Planet Earth is dynamically linked with the solar system and the wider universe, and ESS investigates the structure and composition of these systems.
In this term you willl learn about our place in the solar system. You will understand about earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics and look at geological events that have impacted Aotearoa.
Term 2 involves learning about heat and looking at the structure of the Earth, culminating in a project investigating a single geological event. You will then start learning about mechanics (which has an external exam).
You will finish learning about energy and forces ready for the derived grade exams. The rest of the term, you will prepare for the Heat external examination.
The first few weeks of term will involve revision for the external exams.
Assessment InformationNote: The standards chosen may change
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
Total Credits Available: 24 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 16 credits.