Tuesday 27 August 2019

IMYC New Science Units Released

Middle Years

We are delighted to announce the release of four new Science units, meaning that every single IMYC unit now contains Science content!

The new units are: 

  • Age 12-13 - Relationship
  • Age 13-14 - Development, Justice and Community

In the Development unit, students will learn about the mechanisms that drive human growth and development, from conception to adulthood. The male and female reproductive systems will be reviewed, and students will study in more detail what happens during fertilization and the role of DNA and chromosomes in passing on inherited characteristics.

The Big Idea for Justice is ‘A fair and steady society is organised so that no one suffers unduly for the benefit of others’ and students will learn about the basics of enthalpy and spectroscopy, whilst delving deeper into the application of chromatography and the study of sound waves. This unit uses a variety of crime scene-themed case studies to help students to learn about the energetics of reactions, how both chemical reactions and separating techniques can be used to identify unknown compounds, and how the analysis of sound waves can assist with identification of a suspect.

In the Community unit, students will build on their knowledge and understanding of electrical circuits and learn about voltage and resistance. They will explore the relationships between current, voltage and resistance, and consider how these concepts are applied to everyday life. The unit will culminate with the students comparing different ways to provide electricity to rural communities, evaluating their sustainability as well as their effectiveness.

The Relationship unit has been written to ensure full coverage of the Scientific concepts across all of the IMYC units. The new version of the unit looks at the interactions between photosynthetic organisms and the sun, Earth, atmosphere and other organisms. This includes the features and mechanisms plants have to maximise photosynthesis, the ways in which plants access water and carbon dioxide, and the relationships the plants have with other organisms to help with pollination and seed dispersal. Students will learn about the structure of a leaf and flower, the role of stomata, the process of transpiration and factors that affect it, the tropisms that plants exhibit, and the imaginative ways plants have evolved to attract pollinators and disperse seed.

We hope that these new science units will help support your teaching this academic year. Please let us know how you get on via email and social media, we love to see learning taking place in our member schools around the globe!

Find out more about the International Middle Years Curriculum