Year 11 Science - Earth Science

Course Description

This course will give you an understanding of the Earth’s structure and the spheres that allow the Earth to have life, looking at oceans, atmosphere, life, the ice caps and deserts. We will look at the impacts of Earth science events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis and why these happen. New Zealand is a geologically unstable country and has a very active team of geologists working on the frontline of prediction and prevention of these events.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

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  • Critical thinking - evaluating the connections between evidence and ideas.
  • The internal structure of the Earth and the spheres that make it up.
  • Reading & writing - how to interpret texts to build understanding and communicate this in written form.
  • How the Earth is made up of tectonic plates that affect everything going on the surface as they move.
  • Time management.
  • How the movement of the plates causes events on the surface such as volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.

  • Research skills in finding information, analysing information.  
  • How other geological issues such as flooding and landslides, slips and slumps are caused.

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Resources Required

1B8 or 1E8 workbook or similar
14J8 Graph paper pad or similar