Cambridge Science for the Victorian Curriculum 7–10 brochure

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Cambridge Science for the Victorian Curriculum 7–10 Kerrie Ardley, Emma Bone, Eddy de Jong, Christopher Humphreys, Evan Roberts & Victoria Shaw

Brighter thinking for a better future

At a glance Brighter thinking for a better future with Cambridge Science for the Victorian Curriculum. Inspire today’s science students with resources that truly address the requirements of the curriculum, provide much needed support for implementing STEM in the classroom, help to engage every student in science, and include valuable digital resources that genuinely enhance science teaching and learning.

What you can expect from Cambridge Science for the Victorian Curriculum for Years 7–10:

A resource developed by a team of engaged authors

carefully selected photos, illustrations and diagrams, an uncluttered, easy-to-follow layout, and practical colour-coding to make it accessible for all students.

Practical support for implementing STEM with •

Innovative digital capabilities, fully

reviewed by STEM experts, that draw on real-world

integrated with the print textbook and

problems to engage students.

powered by Cambridge Edjin, the same platform

A range of activity types to cater for different abilities and interests that will support and extend every Year 7–10 science student.


An outstanding visual design which makes use of

teaching science drawing on current best-practice.

authentic activities in every chapter, created and/or

who are excited to offer a fresh new approach to

that powers Cambridge HOTmaths – our trusted teaching and learning system that delivers rich and engaging digital resources and a powerful Learning Management System.

At a glance

Why choose this series Engage students with practical STEM activities Cambridge Science for the Victorian Curriculum encourages collaboration and engagement by taking a hands-on, practical approach to incorporating STEM activities in the science classroom. A STEM activity in every content chapter invites students to design investigations and attempt solutions to real-world problems. Each STEM activity is given a two-page spread and covers skills in at least two Learning Areas, with content descriptor codes highlighted at the start of the activity. Each STEM activity can be completed in one or two lessons using readily available materials, and has been created or

Differentiated learning to engage every student

reviewed by STEM specialists who genuinely understand

With the wide range of abilities and interests in Victorian

what works in today’s science classes.

science classes in mind, this resource has been designed to support every Year 7–10 student to understand and apply key concepts and skills and provide opportunities

Draws on best-practice science teaching

for extension.

One of the best-practice methods utilised in this series is

Concepts are introduced in clear, student-friendly

the Claim Evidence Reasoning (CER) framework. This CER

language and developed and reinforced through regular

framework encourages students to progressively develop

Quick check recall and comprehension questions and

a systematic critical thinking routine that they can use

Try this short activities. Explore research activities

to draw conclusions from practical science experiments.

encourage students to investigate topics and their

This method develops scientifically literate students who

broader applications further. Worksheets with graded

connect their learning to what they discover in experiments

questions allow teachers to differentiate learning for

and competently produce evidence-based explanations and

students within each topic, encouraging capable students


to complete the progressively more difficult questions,

In Year 7, this might be a simple fill-in-the-blanks activity.

while others work on less complex questions.

Year 8 students will have structured questions relating to the experiment, with prompts provided to complete the sentence. By Years 9 and 10, students will have structured

More than 50 pracs per year level

questions guiding and encouraging them to use critical

Each year level includes more than 50 pracs, integrated

thinking to develop and articulate a conclusion drawn from

within the chapter so that students can relate the


content and concepts covered to the activity or experiment.


A new level of digital support for students

The Interactive Textbook powered by Cambridge Edjin

Easy to navigate interactive dashboard

Powered by Cambridge Edjin, the trusted teaching and learning platform that also powers Cambridge HOTmaths, this new series offers a level of integrated digital support not available with any other Victorian science textbook.

Interactive features •

Videos created in Australia specifically for this series summarise, clarify or extend student knowledge and are indicated by an icon in the print book.

Interactive widgets with supporting questions in each chapter demonstrate concepts in action.

Auto-marked quizzes are available at the end of each section and include multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks and interactive questions.

Scorcher – timed, online competitive quizzes at the end of each chapter – allow students to compete against each other and other schools.

Workspaces allows students to enter their working (including scientific notation) for all exercises directly into the Interactive Textbook. Answers can be typed, drawn or uploaded on a computer or tablet device.

Self-assessment tools allow students to assess their own responses using a four-point scale and raise a red flag to indicate to their teacher they had trouble with a question. Teachers may switch on suggested responses for students to compare their answers to.

Downloadable graded worksheets can be used for homework or in class.

More than 50 pracs per year level available as downloadable and modifiable word documents.

Roll-over glossary definitions.

Access to a downloadable version of the student text for offline use with note-taking and bookmarking enabled.


Downloadable pracs

A new level of digital support for teachers

The Online Teaching Suite The Online Teaching Suite combines the Interactive Textbook powered by Cambridge Edjin and its rich digital resources with a suite of supplementary resources and a powerful Learning Management System.

Additional online support Embedded videos with Australian created content

The Task Manager allows teacher to set activity sequences for whole classes or individual students. Teachers can choose to apply achievement benchmarks for measurable activities that can direct students on a path appropriate to their results.

A range of graded worksheets for developing both understanding and skills can be downloaded and used for homework or completed offline in class. Teachers also have access to answers to the worksheet questions.

Access to student Workspaces entries saves teachers time when monitoring work and provides students with the opportunity to alert teachers to problems with specific questions. Teachers can choose to give students access to the suggested responses for the exercises online and may also provide direct feedback to individuals on specific questions.

The Online Test Generator allows teachers to quickly create customised tests from a bank of questions. Teachers can also share their customised tests with others in the school, building a whole-school assessment bank. All tests can be printed or assigned online for automarking, and are suitable for assessment, homework tasks, practice quizzes and trial exams. Teachers also have access to two ready-made, downloadable tests per chapter with accompanying answer sheets.

Interactive widgets engage students in science

When linked to students using the Interactive Textbook, the Online Teaching Suite records student scores on quizzes, self-assessment scores and red flags raised by students in all exercises and end-of-chapter review questions. Reports on individual and class progress are available for download.

Comprehensive, editable teaching programs and curriculum grids are all available in the Online Teaching Suite.


Contents 1

Year 7

1 Being scientific

Science skills

2 Classification

2 Cells

STEM: Applying biomimicry to solve a human problem


Interactions in ecosystems

STEM: Designing a wildlife crossing

4 Reproduction

STEM: Clearing a blocked artery

4 States of matter

5 Particles

STEM: Prosthesis design

STEM: Help or hinder seed dispersal

5 Mixtures

6 Chemical change

STEM: Cleaning up an oil spill

STEM: To mine or not to mine?

6 Planet Earth

7 Rocks

STEM: Simulating the orbit of planets in the inner solar system

Year 8

STEM: Building a rocket

7 Earth resources and management

STEM: Underground bunkers and asteroids

8 Energy

STEM: Diseases in water

8 Forces

9 Light and sound

STEM: Designing and prototyping a ferry

9 Simple machines

STEM: Wind power STEM: Accessible musical instruments

STEM: Designing and prototyping a mechanical arm

1 Thinking like a scientist

1 Skills

2 Homeostasis

2 Genetics

STEM: Simulating the transmission of disease

STEM: Designing and prototyping an assistive device for individuals with a chosen genetic disease

3 Response and coordination

3 Evolution

STEM: Texting and reaction times – what do the numbers say?

STEM: Designing a wheelchair to aid dogs with genetic problems

4 Ecosystems

4 The periodic table

STEM: Saving an endangered species!

STEM: Composite materials

5 Atoms Year 9

STEM: Design a city

3 Organ systems

STEM: Designing and creating a product using bioplastics

6 Chemical reactions STEM: Baristas and the curdling milk problem 7 Our changing Earth

STEM: Earthquake-proof structures

8 Electricity

STEM: Can you see the renewables?

9 Electromagnetism

5 Chemical reactions

STEM: The simplest maglev system

STEM: Making leather out of apples Year 10

6 Global systems STEM: Using aerial imagery to track environmental change 7 The Universe STEM: Create a representation of our solar system to scale 8 Energy STEM: Build an instrument to measure the solar constant 9 Motion STEM: Motion sickness

Contents are subject to change prior to publication.


Authors Kerrie Ardley

Christopher Humphreys

Kerrie Ardley has taught a variety of Junior and VCE

Christopher Humphreys is currently Head of

Sciences throughout her teaching career. Currently, she is the Head of Psychology at an independent school and also holds a position as a VCAA assistant Chief Assessor. Kerrie enjoys teaching junior science, and seeing students learn through the connections between

Mathematics and Physics at a tertiary college for international students. He graduated from Nottingham University in the UK and completed his MSc in Physics at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. He has over thirty years’ experience as a teacher in state and private

theory, practical work and the world around us.

schools in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

Emma Bone

Evan Roberts

Emma Bone thrives on the dynamic and practical

Evan Roberts is a keen biologist and prior to teaching

nature of science, which led her to a first class honours degree in Biomedical Science. Her desire to enable students to maximise their potential brought about a career as a science teacher in Australia and in the UK where she was also a chemistry specialist teaching both

worked in conservation and environmental management. He has taught in both public and private schools in Victoria and is dedicated to instilling his passion for science into his students. He believes that education, just like science, should be dynamic, exciting and forever

GCSE and A Level courses.

changing to keep up with the world around us.

D r. E d d y d e J o n g

Victoria Shaw

Dr. Eddy de Jong has been involved with Science and

Victoria Shaw has been committed to sharing her love

Physics education at the secondary and tertiary level for many years. He has taught Science at all levels, senior HSC/VCE Physics and University Physics. He was involved in the Victorian Gifted Students Physics Network, was a Physics Study Design writer with VCAA, and is currently chair of the VCE Physics

for science with Year 7–12 students for the past 18 years and previously studied pharmacology. She was Head of Science at an independent school for several years and volunteers as an educator for Wildlife Victoria. She has also been an assessor for the VCAA and IBO and runs workshops in biology and psychology.

Examinations Panel. He is a successful author of numerous science and physics texts. He is passionate about seeing young minds engaging with science and physics and aims to instil in students a sense of curiosity whilst developing their critical thinking skills.


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