Sciences

Second Level


I can identify and classify examples of living things, past and present, to help me appreciate their diversity. I can relate physical and behavioural characteristics to their survival or extinction.

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I can use my knowledge of the interactions and energy flow between plants and animals in ecosystems, food chains and webs. I have contributed to the design or conservation of a wildlife area.

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Through carrying out practical activities and investigations, I can show how plants have benefited society.

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I have collaborated in the design of an investigation into the effects of fertilisers on the growth of plants. I can express an informed view of the risks and benefits of their use.

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By considering examples where energy is conserved, I can identify the energy source, how it is transferred and ways of reducing wasted energy.

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Through exploring nonrenewable energy sources, I can describe how they are used in Scotland today and express an informed view on the implications for their future use.

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I can apply my knowledge of how water changes state to help me understand the processes involved in the water cycle in nature over time.

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By observing and researching features of our solar system, I can use simple models to communicate my understanding of size, scale, time and relative motion within it.

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By investigating how friction, including air resistance, affects motion, I can suggest ways to improve efficiency in moving objects.

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I have collaborated in investigations to compare magnetic, electrostatic and gravitational forces and have explored their practical applications.

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By investigating floating and sinking of objects in water, I can apply my understanding of buoyancy to solve a practical challenge.

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I have used a range of electrical components to help to make a variety of circuits for differing purposes. I can represent my circuit using symbols and describe the transfer of energy around the circuit.

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To begin to understand how batteries work, I can help to build simple chemical cells using readily-available materials which can be used to make an appliance work.

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Through research on how animals communicate, I can explain how sound vibrations are carried by waves through air, water and other media.

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By exploring reflections, the formation of shadows and the mixing of coloured lights, I can use my knowledge of the properties of light to show how it can be used in a creative way.

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By investigating some body systems and potential problems which they may develop, I can make informed decisions to help me to maintain my health and wellbeing.

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I have explored the structure and function of sensory organs to develop my understanding of body actions in response to outside conditions.

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I have contributed to investigations into the role of microorganisms in producing and breaking down some materials.

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By investigating the lifecycles of plants and animals, I can recognise the different stages of their development.

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By exploring the characteristics offspring inherit when living things reproduce, I can distinguish between inherited and non-inherited characteristics.

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By contributing to investigations into familiar changes in substances to produce other substances, I can describe how their characteristics have changed.

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I have participated in practical activities to separate simple mixtures of substances and can relate my findings to my everyday experience.

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By investigating common conditions that increase the amount of substance that will dissolve or the speed of dissolving, I can relate my findings to the world around me.

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Having explored the substances that make up Earth’s surface, I can compare some of their characteristics and uses.

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I have investigated different water samples from the environment and explored methods that can be used to clean and conserve water and I am aware of the properties and uses of water.

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I have collaborated in activities which safely demonstrate simple chemical reactions using everyday chemicals. I can show an appreciation of a chemical reaction as being a change in which different materials are made.

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