Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum: Year 7 - Student Book + obook/assess (Print & Digital)

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Availability: Available Usually Dispatched In: 3 - 7 Business Days ISBN: 9780195577068 Brand/Publisher: Oxford University Press Categories: Australian CurriculumScienceScienceGeneral Science

Part of the series Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum - Year 7.

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The exciting Oxford Big Ideas Science series will motivate and engage students. Its wide range of activities and sources will allow students to be successful in the science classroom and support independent study.


Oxford Big Ideas Science:

  • organises learning around the big ideas of science and revisits these ideas with increasing complexity
  • sorts content into meaningful inquiry-based big questions and establishes learning priorities
  • focuses on developing scientific and inquiry skills
  • is a truly integrated approach to Science Understanding, Science Inquiry Skills and Science as a Human Endeavour
  • includes a brand new Discovering Ideas inquiry task at the start of every unit
  • uses the six Overarching Ideas from the Australian Curriculum: Science to connect content across the disciplines
  • seamlessly covers the big ideas, overarching ideas, general capabilities, cross-curricula priorities and three strands from the Australian Curriculum: Science
  • engages students with topical stimulus material, stunning imagery and step-by-step instructional skills photography
  • is supported by a workbook, obook and teacher kit to offer the complete teaching package at each year level
  • offers innovative digital resources, including an interactive obook with Oxford’s new Virtual Laboratory that brings science experiments to life – perfect for those schools that teach Year 7 in primary school.

Student Book

Research shows that students can have greater success in their studies when the information they learn is connected to key concepts. The Australian Curriculum: Science has identified nine key science concepts or big ideas that are developed through the curriculum content. It is expected that by the end of Year 10, all students will have an understanding of these big ideas. Each chapter in the Oxford Big Ideas Science series is engineered to build understanding of these big ideas. The big ideas of science are:

  • Biological sciences: Diversity and evolution; interdependence; structure and function.
  • Chemical sciences: Properties and structure; interaction and change.
  • Earth and space sciences: Systems in space; dynamic earth.
  • Physical sciences: Forces and motion; energy and its transformations.


The obook is a cloud-based web-book available anywhere, anytime, on any device, navigated by topic or by ‘page view’. Assess is an indispensable online assessment tool, explicitly mapped to the Australian Curriculum that drives student progress through tailored instruction. As well as containing the student text and study tools, this obook offers a Virtual Laboratory containing specially-commissioned Australian-made lab experiment videos, drag & drops and other interactives. Using an obook, students can:

  • access it anywhere, anytime (home, library, school, etc), on any platform (PC/Mac/iPad)
  • see much more than the print book content—added wealth of interactive & rich content including interactive modules, videos, audio, and relevant websites
  • navigate and search easily
  • scale to suit any screen size, or increase/decrease font size
  • type, save and send answers to questions and note-taking
  • have personalised access using unique registration codes which makes the obook a perfect study tool right throughout the school year

Sample Pages

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Chapter 2: Sorting out Biodiversity - Student Book


What is Big Ideas Science?

What is The Australian Curriculum: Science?

1 Curiosity, wonder and questioning

BIG IDEA: Nature of science

  • 1.1 What do questions have to do with exploring science?
  • 1.2 How do we explore science safely?
  • 1.3 How do we explore science accurately?

2 Sorting out biodiversity

BIG IDEA: Diversity

  • 2.1 Why do scientists classify?
  • 2.2 How do scientists organise life?
  • 2.3 Where do I fit in?

3 Living in harmony

BIG IDEA: Interdependence

  • 3.1 How do living things interact?
  • 3.2 How do living things adapt and survive?
  • 3.3 How are we affecting biodiversity?

4 Pure or not?

BIG IDEA: Interaction and change

  • 4.1 What is a mixture?
  • 4.2 Who works with mixtures?
  • 4.3 How do we separate mixitures?

5 The Earth, Sun and Moon

BIG IDEA: Systems in space

  • 5.1 How does the Earth interact with the Sun and Moon?
  • 5.2 How do astronomers learn about space?
  • 5.3 What is gravity?

6 Earth’s resources

BIG IDEA: Dynamic Earth

  • 6.1 What are our main energy resources?
  • 6.2 Do we have enough energy resources?
  • 6.3 How do we use other natural resources?

7 Forces in balance

BIG IDEA: Forces and motion

  • 7.1 How do we recognise a force?
  • 7.2 What are simple machines?
  • 7.3 How do we use simple machines?

About the Authors

Sally Cash is a former secondary Science and Maths teacher in Australia and abroad, and has also worked at the Melbourne Museum and has written numerous science textbooks. Sally is an author on the Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum series.

Geoff Quinton was one of the team of writers for the Australian Curriculum Science and in 2010 was Senior Project Officer for Science at ACARA, overseeing the final revisions of the F-10 Curriculum. Geoff has taught science in England and Australia for 22 years, including as a head of learning area. He has produced digital learning materials for senior secondary chemistry courses, and has been an examiner for TEE and WACE examinations. He is an active member of the Science Teachers Association of WA and has been an ASTA councilor. He currently coordinates work between the sectors of education in WA supporting Australian Curriculum implementation. Geoff is an author and series consultant of the Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum series.

Craig Tilley has taught general Science and senior Physics at Shore School, NSW and at Melbourne Grammar, Mentone Grammar and Mentone Girls Grammar Schools in VIC. He has been a VCAA exam marker for many years and has authored numerous Science and Physics textbooks.

Helen Silvester is Head of Science at Mentone Girls’ Grammar School. After completing several years of research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Helen entered the world of teaching. She has maintained her passion for all areas of Science and 18 years of teaching has allowed her to harness her creativity and made her realise how much more she wants to discover. She has been a contributor to the Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum series.

ISBN 9780195577068
Publisher Oxford University Press
Product Type Student Books,
Year Level Year 7,
Author(s) Sally Cash, Geoff Quinton, Craig Tilley and Helen Silvester

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