CfE resources links - Level 4

Here you will find links to SSERC resources to support teaching of CfE.


SCN Description Resources
Level Four
SCN 4-01a I understand how animal and plant species depend on each other and how living things are adapted for survival. I can predict the impact of population growth and natural hazards on biodiversity.  Brilliant brine shrimps
SCN 4-02a I have propagated and grown plants using a variety of different methods. I can compare these methods and develop my understanding of their commercial use.  
SCN 4-02b I can contribute to the design of an investigation to show the effects of different factors on the rate of aerobic respiration and explain my findings.  
SCN 4-03a Through investigating the nitrogen cycle and evaluating results from practical experiments, I can suggest a design for a fertiliser, taking account of its environmental impact.  Making a compost column
SCN 4-04a By contributing to an investigation on different ways of meeting society’s energy needs, I can express an informed view on the risks and benefits of different energy sources, including those produced from plants.

Dye sensitised solar cells

SCN 4-04b Through investigation, I can explain the formation and use of fossil fuels and contribute to discussions on the responsible use and conservation of finite resources.  
SCN 4-05a I have developed my understanding of the kinetic model of a gas. I can describe the qualitative relationships between pressure, volume and temperature of gases. Blow up that sausage
Balloon Balance

Under pressure

SCN 4-05b Through exploring the carbon cycle, I can describe the processes involved in maintaining the balance of gases in the air, considering causes and implications of changes in the balance.  
SCN 4-06a By researching developments used to observe or explore space, I can illustrate how our knowledge of the universe has evolved over time.  
SCN 4-07a I can use appropriate methods to measure, calculate and display graphically the speed of an object, and show how these methods can be used in a selected application. Rolling resistance
SCN 4-07b By making accurate measurements of speed and acceleration, I can relate the motion of an object to the forces acting on it and apply this knowledge to transport safety. Pimp my trolley
CD hovercraft
SCN 4-08a I can help to design and carry out investigations into the strength of magnets and electromagnets. From investigations, I can compare the properties, uses and commercial applications of electromagnets and supermagnets.  
SCN 4-08b Through experimentation, I can explain floating and sinking in terms of the relative densities of different materials. Ice cubes floating
SCN 4-09a Through investigation, I understand the relationship between current, voltage and resistance. I can apply this knowledge to solve practical problems. Dye sensitised solar cells
SCN 4-09b By contributing to investigations into the properties of a range of electronic components, I can select and use them as input and output devices in practical electronic circuits.  
SCN 4-09c Using my knowledge of electronic components and switching devices, I can help to engineer an electronic system to provide a practical solution to a real-life situation.  
SCN 4-10a Using experimental evidence, I can place metals in an electrochemical series and can use this information to make predictions about their use in chemical cells.  
SCN 4-10b Using a variety of sources, I have explored the latest developments in chemical cells technology and can evaluate their impact on society. Electrically conductive plastic
SCN 4-11a By recording and analysing sound signals, I can describe how they can be manipulated and used in sound engineering. Audacity resources
SCN 4-11b By carrying out a comparison of the properties of parts of the electromagnetic spectrum beyond the visible, I can explain the use of radiation and discuss how this has impacted upon society and our quality of life.  
SCN 4-12a I can explain how biological actions which take place in response to external and internal changes work to maintain stable body conditions.  
SCN 4-12b Through investigation, I can explain how changes in learned behaviour due to internal and external stimuli are of benefit to the survival of species.  
SCN 4-13a By researching cell division, I can explain its role in growth and repair and can discuss how some cells can be used therapeutically.  
SCN 4-13b I have taken part in practical activities which involve the use of enzymes and microorganisms to develop my understanding of their properties and their use in industries. Food sources for microorganisms
Effect of antifungals on yeast growth
Dough raise me!
Enzyme acitivities
SCN 4-13c I can debate the moral and ethical issues associated with some controversial biological procedures.  
SCN 4-14a Through investigation, I can compare and contrast how different organisms grow and develop.  
SCN 4-14b Through evaluation of a range of data, I can compare sexual and asexual reproduction and explain their importance for survival of species.  
SCN 4-14c I can use my understanding of how characteristics are inherited to solve simple genetic problems and relate this to my understanding of DNA, genes and chromosomes. Fruits full of DNA
SCN 4-15a Through gaining an understanding of the structure of atoms and how they join, I can begin to connect the properties of substances with their possible structures.  
SCN 4-15b    
SCN 4-16a I have carried out research into novel materials and can begin to explain the scientific basis of their properties and discuss the possible impacts they may have on society. Dye sensitised solar cells
Smart materials
Liquid crystals
SCN 4-16b Through evaluation of experimental results, I can demonstrate my understanding of conservation of mass.



SCN 4-17a I have explored how different materials can be derived from crude oil and their uses. I can explain the importance of carbon compounds in our lives.  
SCN 4-17b    
SCN 4-18a I can monitor the environment by collecting and analysing samples. I can interpret the results to inform others about levels of pollution and express a considered opinion on how science can help to protect our environment. Concrete chemistry
Vinegar cheats
SCN 4-19a I can collect and analyse experimental data on chemical reactions that result in an obvious change in energy. I can apply my findings to explain the significance of the energy changes associated with chemical reactions.  
SCN 4-19b Having carried out a range of experiments using different chemicals, I can place metals in an order of reactivity, and relate my findings to their everyday uses.  
SCN 4-20a I have researched new developments in science and can explain how their current or future applications might impact on modern life.  Waste of space
SCN 4-20b Having selected scientific themes of topical interest, I can critically analyse the issues, and use relevant information to develop an informed argument. Dye sensitised solar cells
Concrete chemistry
Solar funnel cooker


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