In Year 9 we have been investigating terraforming and the idea that long lasting change takes place slowly over time. The learners began by researching definitions of terraforming, how Mars could be terraformed, what living organisms require to survive on another planet and ethical issues faced by scientists when transporting life to another planet. We have created informative speeches addressing the citizens of Phnom Penh, citing most likely scenarios for the end of the earth using their PEE (developing point, example, explanation) structured written work. They have created hypotheses related to terraforming and compiled risk assessments for the transportation of species to Mars. Whilst researching about terraforming the learners are developing their ability to distinguish between evidence and opinion and to structure their written reports by using scientific language and reflecting upon the use of evidence to support statements. Next week learners will be creating food webs for species able to survive on Mars, describing necessary adaptations, and explaining how the environment of Mars could sustain habitats suitable for each species.
Year 9 have been consolidating their knowledge of algebra by practicing lots of algebra homework questions. You can see an example of these below. They have now moved on to their next topic: geometry. They have classified shapes by applying their knowledge of shape properties and creating a flowchart of common regular and irregular shapes. Now they are re-visiting facts of angles and learning how to apply these facts when finding the missing angle/angles.