• Strodes BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
 

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Physics

Summer Work:

Langley College 2

Year 11 Resources:

Preparatory work: 

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Watch 

  1. Apollo 13 (1995 ) American space docudrama film directed by Ron Howard
  2. Interstellar (2014) science fiction film directed, co-written and co-produced by Christopher Nolan.
  3. The Martian (2015) science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott

Read

  1. Storm in a Teacup-The Physics of everyday life by Helen Czerski
  2. Seven Brief lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
  3. What if ? Serious scientific answers to absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

Visit

  1. Oxford University's History of Science Museum-virtual tour by accessing the link https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=UdbDhotXFgc&help=1
  2. NASA-Langley Research Centre - virtual tours at https://oh.larc.nasa.gov/oh/

Complete

     Year 11- Physics Induction work- Click Here

Advice/further information

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Find out more about the qualifications:
Physics Exam Board Link

BTEC L3 Diploma in Applied Science

Summer Work:

 
Langley College 2

Year 11 Resources:

The BTEC Diploma will use your knowledge from GCSE and build on this. In preparation for starting your level 3 study at Strode’s college, here are tasks to help develop your independent study skills. There are 5 Core tasks that you should complete and bring to your first week in college; and extension tasks that you may also want to complete (try at least 2).

Core

  • Complete the Simulated Titration.
  • Electronic structure is complicated at level 3. Research sub-shells and orbitals and watch this video from the Khan academy. Draw the sub shells: s, p and d; and try to complete the electronic structure of sodium, nitrogen and neon.
  • Log onto phet simulations phet physics simulations and explore the following: ‘sound and waves’. Use ‘wave on a string’ to investigate what happens when tuning a guitar by tightening the string. This video from Khan academy may help you understand harmonics and resonance.
  • The cell is the building block of life.
    • The following link explores: Cell structure, and Specialisation. Watch the videos, read the articles and produce a model prokaryotic or eukaryotic cell. prokaryotic-and-eukaryotic-cells
    • The following link looks at cell division. Watch the videos, read the articles and produce a poster describing the stages of meiosis.

https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/community/collection/21390/cell-cycle-mitosis-and-meiosis

Extension:

  • Periodic Table The Videos (Youtube) by Professor Martin Prokofiev (periodic videos Choose 1 element and describe how the the physical and chemical properties can be predicted by the periodic table.
  • Choose 1 or more paper that interests you from scienceintheclassroom and use the annotations function to help you understand them
  • Using the Alabama Department of Forensic Science website, take a virtual tour of three different forensic laboratories and read about the different areas of forensic science.

Further reading:

  • Watch: Growing New Organs Ted talk
  • Read: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  • Use the New Scientist website for general science interest (especially last word: lastword)

Find out more about the qualifications:

Applied Science National Diploma Exam Board Link

BTEC L3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science

Summer Work:

Langley College 2

Year 11 Resources:

The BTEC Extended Certificate will use your knowledge from GCSE and build on this to help you understand new and more demanding ideas. In preparation for starting your level 3 study at Strode’s college, here are tasks to help make sure your knowledge is up to date, and develop your independent study skills. There are Core tasks that you should complete and bring to your first week in college; and extension tasks that you may also want to complete (try at least 2).

Core:

  • Electronic structure is complicated at level 3. Research sub-shells and orbitals and watch this video from the Khan academy. Draw the sub shells: s, p and d; and try to complete the electronic structure of sodium nitrogen and neon.
  • Log onto phet simulations https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/physics and explore the following: ‘sound and waves’. Use ‘wave on a string’ to investigate what happens when tuning a guitar by tightening the string. This video from Khan academy may help you understand harmonics and resonance.
  • The cell is the building block of life. The following link explores: Cell structure, and Specialisation. Watch the videos, read the articles and produce a model eukaryotic cell or prokaryotic cell. https://www.stem.org.uk/resources/community/collection/136382/prokaryotic-and-eukaryotic-cells

Extension:

http://www.ted.com/talks/anthony_atala_growing_organs_engineering_tissue?language=en

Further reading:

  • Read: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  • Use the New Scientist website for general science interest (especially last word: lastword)

Find out more about the qualifications:

Applied Science Extended Certificate Exam Board Link

Biology

Summer Work:

Langley College 2

Year 11 Resources:

A level Biology Transition Work

A level Biology will use your knowledge from GCSE and build on this to help you understand new and more demanding ideas.  Here are some tasks to help make sure your knowledge is up to date and you are ready to start studying.

Core Preparation: You must complete all of these tasks:

Look at the OCR Biology A specification, available on the OCR website. We will start by teaching Module 2 - Foundations in Biology so read over this Module so you know what to expect from the start of your course

  • One of the most important skills you will need to develop as an A level Biology student is how to learn independently, and make good notes. We often set homework to make notes on a topic so we can use class time to apply the information. The Cornell notes method helps you to better engage with material and learn it better as a result. This video shows you how to take them
  • Use the Cornell notes method to make notes on water using this video and this video. You will need to bring these notes to your first Biology lesson and use them to complete a 15-mark essay to describe how hydrogen bonding occurs between water molecules, explaining the role of water in living organisms and linking this to its properties
  • A level Biology contains at least 10% maths, so here are a few Maths problems relating to water for you to complete: If a raindrop has a diameter of 7mm, what is its volume to 2dp? Another raindrop has a diameter of 0.5cm, what percentage smaller is it than the original raindrop to 2dp? If you dissolve a 5g teaspoon of sucrose (sugar) in your 200ml cup of tea, what percentage is the solution? Give your answer to 2 significant figures.  If you have 0.006dm3 of water how many mls do you have?  73876329 raindrops fell in an hour, what was the rate of rainfall per minute? Give your answer in standard form.

Additional Preparation: You should complete some of these tasks:

Watch some TED talks: A New Superweapon in the fight against Cancer, Why Bees are disappearing, Why Doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe or Growing New Organs.

Read a Science book (all available on Amazon):  A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, Frankenstein’s cat by Emily Anthes or Junk DNA by Nessa Carey.

Visit London Zoo in person or take a look at their conservation work on their website

Research for Fun: 

  • Cells - the building block of life. Visit the STEM Learning Website, watch the videos and read the articles. Producer a poster summarising your research.
  • DNA and the Genetic Code.  In living organisms nucleic acids (DNA and RNA have important roles and functions related to their properties. Watch the videos, read the information on these websites and produce a poster or Powerpoint presentation.  BBCS-CoolTED.

Residential Field Course :

The A Level Biology course involves a 3 day residential trip to cover the Environmental Sampling part of the course. This trip will take place in March 2023 and will cost around £275. Students will receive a letter about the trip and details of a payment plan during induction.

Enrichment

There are various enrichment activities that you can take part in such as the Biology Olympiads and Science Symposium.


Find out more about the qualifications:

Biology Exam Board Link

Chemistry

Summer Work:

Langley College 2

Year 11 Resources:

 Summer Bridging Work GCSE to A Level Chemistry

Read:

  1. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre (ISBN 9780007284870) 
  2. What is Chemistry by Prof Peter Atkins (ISBN 9780199683987)
  3. Why chemical reactions happen* by James Keeler and Peter Wothers (ISBN 9780199249732) 

* for A*/A students 


Visit
A level Chemistry OCR by C. Dunkley. 41 videos: pick one or more or all of them 


Research:
How would you prepare paracetamol (4-hydroxyphenylacetamide) in an A level laboratory? 


Watch:

  • Periodic Table The Videos (Youtube) by Professor Martin Prokofiev 

Find out more about the qualifications:

Chemistry Exam Board Link

Health and Social Care

Summer Work:

Langley College 2  

Year 11 Resources:

CORE PREPARATION: You must complete all of these tasks

  • Find out who the people named below are and what their connection with Health and Social care is.
  • Choose one person from the list and write min 500 words essay about who they are and what they have done for Health and Social Care/people needing care.
  1. A) Chad Varah
  2. B) Alexander Fleming
  3. C) Christian Barnard
  4. D) Finn McKay
  5. E) Jean Piaget
  6. F) Erin Pizzey
  7. G) Abraham Maslow
  8. H) The Family of Stephen Lawrence

ENRICHMENT: You should complete at least three of these

  • You can buy the textbook “Health and Social Care level 3 Book 1” published by Pearson which covers the units for both first and second year. This book has an introduction which you should read before reading through the book to check your understanding of how it works.
  • You may also wish to obtain “The Heinemann Illustrated Dictionary Health and Social Care” and “Collins Key Concepts in Health and Social Care”
  • Look through newspapers, magazines and news websites. Choose a health/social care topic of current concern and print a copy/offcut it out; prepare to tell the class about it/discuss it.
  • Research your local area for opportunities for volunteering. They are often listed in the local newspapers and at the local library.

Find out more about the qualifications:

Health and Social Care Extended Certificate Exam Board Link

LV2 Health and Social Care Certificate Exam Board Link

GCSE Combined Science

Year 11 Resources:

GCSE Combined Science Preparartory Work

CORE PREPARATION: You must complete all of these tasks:

Look at the Edexcel GCSE Combined Science specification, available on the Edexcel website. We will be teaching Biology, Chemistry and Physics in different lessons.

Additional Preparation: You should complete some of these tasks:


Research:

  • Read: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.

Use the New Scientist website for general science interest (especially last word: https://www.newscientist.com/lastword/)

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