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<ul><li><p>1360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>360Science GCSE Astronomy</p><p>1</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p></li><li><p>2360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>What is covered in GCSE Astronomy?</p><p>2</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p></li><li><p>3360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Course Content</p><p> Unit 1: Planet EarthThe Earth, Days and seasons</p><p> Unit 2: The Moon and the SunThe Moon, The Sun, Eclipses</p><p> Unit 3: The Solar SystemPlanets and asteroids, Meteors and comets</p><p> Unit 4: Stars and GalaxiesConstellations, Stars, Galaxies</p><p> Unit 5: Observing techniques and space explorationObserving the Universe, Exploring the Universe</p></li><li><p>4360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Unit 1: Planet Earth</p><p> The Earth Earth data and definitions affect of the Moon why the sky is blue affects of the atmosphere on </p><p>astronomers</p><p> Days and seasons why we need time zones solar and sidereal days shadow sticks and sundials equation of time</p></li><li><p>5360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Unit 2: The Moon and the Sun</p><p> The Moon Moon data and definitions phases and features</p><p> The Sun dangers of observing the Sun Sun data and structure sunspots and the solar wind</p><p> Eclipses different types of eclipses: </p><p>lunar, solar (annular, total, partial)</p></li><li><p>6360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Unit 3: The Solar System</p><p> Planets and asteroids data and characteristics of the </p><p>nine Solar System planets satellites and ring systems movement and positions of the </p><p>planets contributions of astronomers </p><p> Meteors and comets origin, occurrence and features </p><p>of meteor showers origin, and features of short </p><p>and long period comets</p></li><li><p>7360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Unit 4: Stars and galaxies</p><p> Constellations locate and recognise prominent </p><p>constellations optical double, binary and </p><p>circumpolar stars star trails</p><p> Stars definitions for locating stars light curves from variable stars apparent and absolute magnitude HR diagram and stellar </p><p>classification</p></li><li><p>8360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Unit 4: Stars and galaxies</p><p> Galaxies our galaxy the Milky Way nebulae, clusters and quasars Hubble classification of </p><p>galaxies dark matter, the Doppler </p><p>principle and the Big Bang</p></li><li><p>9360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Unit 5: Observing techniques and space exploration Observing the Universe</p><p> different types of telescopes location of observatories photographic techniques radio, UV, IR and X-ray </p><p>astronomy</p><p> Exploring the Universe appearance of different </p><p>objects in space Hubble space telescope manned and unmanned </p><p>missions</p></li><li><p>10</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>How is GCSE Astronomy Assessed?</p><p>10</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p></li><li><p>11</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Assessment</p><p> Exam paper 75% of final grade one exam paper with a </p><p>combination of short and extended answer questions</p><p> Coursework 25% of final grade two pieces of work required</p></li><li><p>12</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Internal Assessment</p><p> It is possible to produce excellent pieces of work without using powerful telescopes or constructing mechanical models.</p><p> Observations can be carried out with the naked eye, and does not require visits to dark sites across the country.</p><p> The work can be hand written or word processed.</p></li><li><p>13</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Tasks for internal assessment</p><p> Students must complete:</p><p> one set of astronomical observations </p><p>and either</p><p> one piece of graphical or computational work</p><p>or</p><p> one piece of constructional work.</p></li><li><p>14</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Possible observation tasks</p><p> Naked eye observations observe and draw three </p><p>different constellations use a shadow stick to record </p><p>the direction of the Sun</p><p> Photographic, binocular and telescopic observations observe three different </p><p>celestial objects project the image of the sun </p><p>onto a background and observe sunspots</p></li><li><p>15</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Possible observation tasks</p><p> Further tasks use a shadow stick and </p><p>clinometer to determine latitude and longitude</p><p> observations of Algol (Beta Persei)</p><p> drawings/photos of eclipse, transit etc</p><p> constellation photography solar spectrometry</p></li><li><p>16</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Example of an observation task</p><p> Moon log - observing the Moons phases over a lunar month record the observations on a table record the moon rising and setting times</p><p>Moon observed Date/time Details Lunar calendar details </p><p>Saturday 18/01/03 22.00 hrs </p><p>No Moon is visible due to cloud cover. This continued all evening. Should have been a full Moon. </p><p>Sunday 19/01/03 22.47 hrs </p><p>Viewed facing North West, Charlton / Greenwich. Gibbous, waning Moon. Very bright. </p><p>Monday 20/01/03 22.40 hrs </p><p>Unable to locate Moon, despite the clear skies. Should be a Waning Gibbous Moon. Stars visible. </p><p>Waning Gibbous </p><p>Full Moon </p><p>Waning Gibbous </p></li><li><p>17</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Possible graphical and computational tasks</p><p> Graphical construct a star chart draw a large chart of the Moon</p><p> Computational write a computer programme </p><p>to plot the stars of a main constellation, and the path of a planet</p><p> use a spreadsheet to simulate the scaled orbits of four planets around the Sun</p></li><li><p>18</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Possible graphical and computational tasks</p><p> Further tasks use a spreadsheet to plot a </p><p>H-R diagram use a spreadsheet to show </p><p>planetary motion through the zodiac</p><p> use PowerPoint to illustrate an aspect of Astronomy such as Stellar Evolution</p></li><li><p>19</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Example of a graphical and computational task</p><p> Moon map - Draw a large chart of the Moon</p><p> refer to photographic material to mark on features and lunar landings</p><p> use a Moon map for this or information from websites</p><p> there is no need to include large amounts of background material</p></li><li><p>20</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Possible constructional tasks</p><p> Design, make and test: a simple telescope a sundial a model of an eclipsing binary </p><p>star system a model of the Sun-Earth-Moon </p><p>system showing eclipses</p></li><li><p>21</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Possible constructional tasks</p><p> Further tasks Construction and use of a:</p><p> simple Spectrometer simple Orrery simple Moondial</p></li><li><p>22</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Example of a constructional task</p><p> Sundial - design and make a sundial</p><p> photos should be included in the coursework to show the construction process</p><p> the sundial needs to be tested as this is part of the coursework</p></li><li><p>23</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Support materials for GCSE Astronomy</p><p>23</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p></li><li><p>24</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Support materials available The Coursework guide gives further information </p><p>on how students can produce A* grade coursework. It includes exemplar students work and how it is marked.</p><p> The Further support for coursework gives information on other coursework tasks available and on the use of robotic telescopes.</p><p> A scheme of work has also been independently produced for GCSE Astronomy, and can be accessed from the Association for Astronomy Education (AAE) website or from our website.</p><p> Recently the independent produce some astronomy posters, in partnership with Edexcel.</p></li><li><p>25</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Edexcel GCSE Astronomy website</p><p> This has more information on GCSE Astronomy.</p><p> It includes: noticeboard specification, guidance and </p><p>support questions and answers useful websites suggested resources places to visit astronomy organisations</p></li><li><p>26</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Websites for live data collection</p><p> Live images can be obtained from remote access (robotic) telescopes. </p><p> These allow students to control where the telescope points and produce their own images.</p><p> These live images can be used for internal assessment.</p></li><li><p>27</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>How can GCSE Astronomy fit into the 360Science programme in your centre?</p><p>27</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p></li><li><p>28</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>Why learn GCSE Astronomy?</p><p> It is a fun and interesting subject, that motivates and excites students.</p><p> It is suitable for students of all ages who are interested in science (GCSE and A-level students and adult learners).</p><p> Astronomy is both an ancient and a modern science, with many ongoing missions and projects.</p></li><li><p>29</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>The Final Frontier</p><p>29</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p></li><li><p>30</p><p>360ScienceThe student-centred curriculum</p><p>The Final Frontier</p><p> For further information on GCSE Astronomy:</p><p>Edexcel WebPages for GCSE Astronomyhttp://www.edexcel.org.uk/quals/gcse/astronomy/gcse/1627</p><p> For further information on 360Science (including GCSEs in Science)</p><p>Edexcel 360Science micrositehttp://360science.edexcel.org.uk/home/</p><p>360Science GCSE AstronomyWhat is covered in GCSE Astronomy?Course ContentUnit 1: Planet EarthUnit 2: The Moon and the SunUnit 3: The Solar SystemUnit 4: Stars and galaxiesUnit 4: Stars and galaxiesUnit 5: Observing techniques and space explorationHow is GCSE Astronomy Assessed?AssessmentInternal AssessmentTasks for internal assessmentPossible observation tasksPossible observation tasksExample of an observation taskPossible graphical and computational tasksPossible graphical and computational tasksExample of a graphical and computational taskPossible constructional tasksPossible constructional tasksExample of a constructional taskSupport materials for GCSE AstronomySupport materials availableEdexcel GCSE Astronomy websiteWebsites for live data collectionHow can GCSE Astronomy fit into the 360Science programme in your centre?Why learn GCSE Astronomy?The Final FrontierThe Final Frontier</p></li></ul>

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