KS4 Science, Maths, Technology

Each Science Scheme of Work is supported by relevant stimulus video and image input together with a corresponding IWB ready supporting Lesson Plan PPT and Student Support Sheets.

MRI Experience Lesson Plan

More than skin-deep

KS4/S3 - Science and technology Help your pupils to develop their understanding of the purpose of medical imaging and MRI imaging in particular and help them to understand how science and technology is used every day to improve people’s lives.  

This lesson plan encourages pupils to learn more about what MRI imaging is, what it does, why it is useful and what it’s like to have a scan. It provides ideas for using the new MRI Scan Experience app and supports teachers in using both the app and other Siemens Education resources to produce an engaging and effective lesson. The MRI Scan Experience app is available on iTunes and Google Play.

 

The app also supports the PSHE Programme of study intended to understand, recognise, predict and assess risk by recognising risks in different situations and decide how to manage them responsibly.

 

Topics include:

Velocity, absorption and reflection between different types of waves • Understand the practical uses of electromagnetic waves

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Formula for Thrills

Maths matters

KS4/S3 - Maths, Science Physics  

Students are required to use and develop their skills to identify situations in which the effective use of mathematics enables the development of solutions to problems. Students must consider and check their responses are realistic and practical as well as being technically correct.

Topics include:

  • Developing fluency
  • Reasoning mathematically
  • Solving problems  
eZero Island

It's only logical

KS3/S1&2 – science and technology Investigate how maths can support the modelling of a multi-faceted system using data and logic; apply ideas about energy transfer and sustainability to a novel context to produce a practical overall system.
Your pupils will learn to:
  • Communicate information appropriately, and contribute to presentations and discussions.
  • Explain how energy can be transferred, stored or dissipated, but not created or destroyed.
  • Explain how human activity and natural processes can lead to changes in the environment.

Topics include:

Environment • Electricity and energy • Sustainable energy supply  

A Peep Inside

Body image

KS4/S3 – Science Physics  

Understand how MRI scanners produce images; apply their understanding of waves and particles to this application and describe typical uses of MRI images.

 

The pupils will learn to:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the relationship between the properties of electromagnetic waves and their uses.
  • Use scientific theories, models and evidence to develop hypotheses, arguments and explanations.
  • Develop and use models to explain systems, processes and abstract ideas.

Topics include:

Electromagnetic waves  

Green Racers

Power for good

KS4/S3 – Science, technology and maths  

Apply concepts of energy transfer and sustainability to understand and evaluate a system. Produce and modify designs to meet a design brief, and study solutions to learn how other designers have manipulated materials to meet a design brief.

 

The pupils will:

  • Explore how the application of scientific ideas can lead to technological developments and changes in the way people think and behave.
  • Share developments and common understanding across disciplines and boundaries.
  • Explain that forces are interactions between objects and that they can affect their shape and motion. 

Topics include:

Electricity and energy • Forces and motion

Here Comes the Sun

Smart power

KS4/S3 – Science, design technology and maths Understand the process of energy transfer, explaining the operation of internal combustion and photovoltaic cells - and applying knowledge to propose how clean technologies can be promoted.  
The pupils will be asked to:
  • Critically analyse and evaluate evidence from observations and experiments.
  • Explore how the application of scientific ideas can lead to technological developments and changes in the way people think and behave.
  • Plan and carry out practical, investigative activities (individually and in groups). Obtain and analyse data from primary and secondary sources, and use the findings to provide evidence for scientific explanations.
  • Evaluate scientific evidence and methods. Communicate information appropriately and contribute to presentations and discussions.
  • Explain how energy can be transferred, stored or dissipated, but not created or destroyed. Explain how human activity and natural processes can lead to changes in the environment.

Topics include:

Energy source and transfer • Electricity and energy

Ringing True

Rattle and hum

KS4/S3 - Science, design and technology  

Understand the key features of RailBAM (the acoustic process that analyses noise development in axle bearings as a vehicle passes) and explain where the timing of wheel bearing replacement is critical.

 

The pupils will need to:

  • Critically analyse and evaluate evidence from observations and experiments.
  • Explore how the application of scientific ideas can lead to technological developments and changes in the way people think and behave.

Topics include:

Acoustics • Sound waves • Frequency

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I can see clearly now

KS4/S3 – Science, design technology and maths

Evaluate the impact of different technologies on society and different technological approaches to a challenge.

 

Pupils will be asked to:

  • Work safely in the lab, field and workplace. Plan and carry out practical, investigative activities (individually and in groups).
  • Obtain and analyse data from primary and secondary sources. Use their findings to provide evidence for scientific explanations.

Topics include:

Scientific enquiry • Environment • Electricity and energy

Inspired Bus Company

KS4/S3 Science, design technology and maths

Explore the challenges facing bus designers when producing a bus for an urban environment. Investigate how different solutions can be identified and evaluated, and collaborate to present recommendations for an effective solution.

 

The pupils will need to:

  • Explore how the application of scientific ideas can lead to technological developments and changes in the way people think and behave.
  • Use scientific methods and techniques to develop and test ideas/explanations, sharing developments and common understanding across disciplines.
  • Work safely in the lab, field and workplace. Plan and carry out practical, investigative activities (individually and in groups).
  • Obtain and analyse data from primary and secondary sources. Use the findings to provide evidence for scientific explanations.
  • Communicate information appropriately and contribute to presentations and discussions about scientific issues.
  • Understand that energy can be transferred, stored or dissipated, but not created or destroyed, and that electric current in circuits can produce a variety of effects.

Topics include:

Energy source and transfer • Electricity, energy and forces

Underwater Energy

KS4/S3 - Science, design and technology

Understand the potential of tidal energy as part of an overall solution and use key features to evaluate the contribution tidal energy might make.

 

The pupils will need to:

  • Plan to test a scientific idea, answer a scientific question, or solve a scientific problem.
  • Recall, analyse, interpret, apply and question scientific information or ideas.
  • Use both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
  • Understand the use of contemporary scientific and technological developments and their benefits, drawbacks and risks.
  • Understand that electrical power is readily transferred and controlled, and can be used in various situations.

Topics include:

Environment and sustainability • Electricity and energy transfer • Forces

Now Hear This

KS4/S3 - Science and technology

Understand the process of hearing and the use of loudness and frequencies to compare sounds.

 

The pupils will learn to:

  • Understand that products and systems have an impact on quality of life

Topics include:

Systems and controls

Lean Machines

KS4/S3 - Technology

Identify key features of a production line process. Consider how it can be made more effective using a simulated process to reflect on the concept of "just-in-time manufacturing" and "lean manufacturing".

 

The pupils will have to:

  • Actively engage in design processes to develop as effective and independent learners.
  • Combine skills with knowledge and understanding to design and make a quality product.
  • Analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life.
  • Develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative work.
  • Develop creativity and critical analysis skills through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.

Topics include:

Creativity & design • Product assembly • Lean production & just-in-time manufacturing

Totally in control

KS4/S3 technology and maths

Identify how sequences of commands can be used to run equipment and how logic operation can respond to inputs and control outputs.

 

The pupils will need to:

  • Share developments and common understanding across disciplines and boundaries.
  • Plan and carry out practical, investigative activities (individually and in groups). 

Topics include:

Scientific enquiry • Systems and controls

A Case to Resolve

KS4/S3 – Design and technology

Understand how systems are developed to meet certain requirements. Apply ideas about waves, such as light and x-rays, to develop solutions to problems. Use logical reasoning to analyse the outcomes from a process.

 

The pupils will be asked to:

  • Consider how systems are developed, and apply ideas about waves to develop solutions to problems.
  • Use logical reasoning to analyse the outcomes from a process.​

Topics include:

Electronics • Systems and controls • Processes

Keeping it lean and mean

KS4/S3 - technology

Explore the characteristics of a production system and consider how to make it more efficient. Understand the principles of "lean" and "just-in-time" production.

 

The pupils will need to:

  • Respond creatively to briefs, developing their own proposals and producing specifications for products and associated services.
  • Generate, develop and communicate ideas in a number of ways, using appropriate strategies.
  • Recognise that there are moral, cultural, economic, environmental and sustainability issues inherent in design and technology.

Topics include:

Creativity and design • Product assembly • Lean production & just-in-time manufacturing

Sustainability

KS4/S3 - Technology and others

Developed by Ben Hazzard of Burnage Media Arts College, this lesson plan and associated activities aim to provide pupils with an opportunity to understand sustainability and what is required for a company to become sustainable.

 

The pupils will be asked to:

  • Analyse current companies/products and evaluate their sustainability

Topics include:

Sustainability • Environment