Level 2 Earth and Space Science

2ESS
Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

This course covers topics such as star and planet formation, the geology of the local area, how humans survive in space using technology and the effects of impacts from space on planets including the Earth. Students will be able to explain these concepts as well as designing and carrying out a practical experiment to collect data and test relationships.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

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  • Scientific thinking.
  • Geological processes in the formation of different rock types.
  • Measurement and analysis.
  • The formation of stars, planets and moons.
  • Experimental analysis.
  • The effect of meteorite and asteroid impacts on Earth.
  • Written communication.
  • How humans survive in the harsh extremes of space.

Field trips (no cost) will occur mostly in term 1, but there is a possibility of a visit to RocketLab and AUT’s large radio telescope. Most field trips will depart and arrive back at school during school hours.


Year Levels/Departments:

Science, Seniors



Resources Required

1B8 or 1E8 exercise book or similar
14J8 refill graph paper
ESA Level 2 Earth and Space Science Learning Workbook (recommended) Optional
Scientific or graphic calculator