Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum: Year 9 - Student Book + obook/assess (Print & Digital)

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Availability: Available Usually Dispatched In: 3 - 7 Business Days ISBN: 9780195577082 Brand/Publisher: Oxford University Press Categories: Australian CurriculumScienceScienceGeneral Science

Part of the series Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum - Year 9.

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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

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 5: Responding to the World - Student Book


What is Oxford Big Ideas Science?

What is The Australian Curriculum: Science?

1 Nature and philosophy of science

BIG IDEA: Nature of science

  • 1.1 What is the nature of modern science?
  • 1.2 What is the history of science?

2 Inside the atom

BIG IDEA: Properties and structure

  • 2.1 How do we know that atoms exist?
  • 2.2 What is smaller than an atom?
  • 2.3 What is radioactivity?

3 Chemical change

BIG IDEA: Interaction and change

  • 3.1 How does matter change during chemical reactions?
  • 3.2 How do we describe chemical reactions?
  • 3.3 How do chemical reactions affect our lives?

4 Systems of life

BIG IDEA: Interdependence

  • 4.1 What are ecosystems?
  • 4.2 What affects population size in ecosystems?
  • 4.3 How do natural changes affect ecosystems?

5 Responding to the world

BIG IDEA: Structure and function

  • 5.1 How do we sense our world?
  • 5.2 What is a hormonal response?
  • 5.3 What is a nervous response?
  • 5.4 How do we respond to threats?

6 Movements on the Earth’s surface

BIG IDEA: Dynamic Earth

  • 6.1 What are tectonic plates?
  • 6.2 What happens at plate boundaries?
  • 6.3 What will Earth look like in the future?

7 Energy on the move

BIG IDEA: Energy

  • 7.1 What is thermal energy?
  • 7.2 How does a wave carry energy?
  • 7.3 How do we use electricity?

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.

Ali Riza is a Science and Physics teacher with almost 20 years experience in the classroom. He has worked closely with the NSW Board of Studies as a marker of HSC Physics exams and has written numerous practice HSC exams for private organisations. He is currently working in an eastern suburban privates school in Sydney and has always been interested in Science, Physics, The Universe, Philosophy, Mathematics and the meaning of life.

ISBN 9780195577082
Publisher Oxford University Press
Product Type Student Books,
Year Level Year 9,
Author(s) Sally Cash, Geoff Quinton, Craig Tilley, Emma Craven& Ali Riza.

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