Years 7-9:

Cambridge Secondary 1 is a framework designed for students 11 – 14 years. The Science curriculum incorporates Biology, Physics and Chemistry with many opportunities to develop Science skills including fair testing, graphing, research and investigative skills.

The 3 year course is designed to prepare students for the Cambridge IGCSE curriculum.

The following topics are studied:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Living Things Obtaining Food Photosynthesis and Plant Growth
Solids, Liquids and Gases Elements, Compounds and Mixtures The Periodic Table and Preparing Salts
Energy Transformations Light Electrostatics and Electric Currents
Micro-organisms and Disease Respiration and Circulation Sexual Reproduction in Flowering Plants
The Earth and Beyond Metals, Non-metals and Corrosion Reactivity and Rates of Reaction
Putting things into Groups Sound Movements, Pressure and Density
Habitats and Environment Reproduction and Growth Ecology
Acids and Bases Chemical reactions Chemicals and Thermal Energy
Forces and their effects Forces and Magnets The Energy Crisis and Human Influences

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IGCSE (Years 10-11)

IGCSE Coordinated science

In Years 10 and 11 at NZIS, the Cambridge IGCSE in Co-ordinated Science is offered. It is a two year course which is examined at the end of Year 11. Co-ordinated Science is a double award course.

Cambridge IGCSE Coordinated Sciences gives learners the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics within a cross-referenced, scientifically coherent syllabus. It is a double award, earning two grades. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of each subject through a mix of theoretical and practical studies, while also developing an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study. They learn how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment. As well as focusing on the individual sciences, the syllabus helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments.

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