Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum: Year 10 - Student Book + obook/assess (Print & Digital)

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Availability: Available Usually Dispatched In: 3 - 7 Business Days ISBN: 9780195577099 Brand/Publisher: Oxford University Press Categories: Australian CurriculumScienceScienceGeneral Science

Part of the series Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum - Year 10.

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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 7: Using Chemistry - Student Book


What is Oxford Big Ideas Science?

What is The Australian Curriculum: Science?

1 Objects in motion

BIG IDEA: Forces and motion

  • 1.1 What are the characteristics of movement?
  • 1.2 How do force and mass affect movement?
  • 1.3 What happens in collisions?

2 The Universe: Past, present and future

BIG IDEA: Systems in space

  • 2.1 How did we find out about the Universe?
  • 2.2 What is happening in the Universe?
  • 2.3 How is the Universe changing?

3 Global systems

BIG IDEA: Dynamic Earth

  • 3.1 What are Eath's major interactions?
  • 3.2 How does matter cycle on Earth?
  • 3.3 How do humans impact the environment?

4 Genetic inheritance

BIG IDEA: Diversity and evolution

  • 4.1 What is DNA?
  • 4.2 How is DNA inherited?
  • 4.3 How do humans use their understanding of genetics?

5 The origin of species

BIG IDEA: Diversity and evolution

  • 5.1 How do we explain biodiversity?
  • 5.2 How do species evolve?
  • 5.3 How do we interpret evidence?

6 Organising elements

BIG IDEA: Properties and structure

  • 6.1 Why do we organise elements?
  • 6.2 How are the elements organised?
  • 6.3 How are properties linked to atomic structure?

7. Using chemistry

BIG IDEA: Interaction and change

  • 7.1 How do we use the products of chemical reactions?
  • 7.2 How can we control the speed of chemical reactions?
  • 7.3 What are the risks of using chemicals?

About the Authors

Kate Chamberlain has a Bachelor of Environmental Science, a Bachelor of Teaching and is currently studying for her Masters of Education. She received a Science Scholarship through DEEC and Earthwatch in 2010 to travel to Malaysia to work with PhD students studying bats.

Michelle Moore has worked as a Laboratory Technician in schools for the past 15 years and is currently employed at Mentone Girls’ Grammar School in this role. Prior to this, Michelle worked as a Laboratory Technician in various organisations and has completed an Associate Diploma in Food Technology at Moorabbin TAFE.

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.

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.

Nick Howes is a teacher of Science and Physics at Caulfield Grammar School. He is currently the Learning Area Leader for Senior Science at the Caulfield Campus and is responsible for the implementation of the Science curriculum for years 10 to 12. Nick has had extensive experience teaching Science in a range of schools both in Australia and the UK. He is also a VCE assessor and has worked as the Assistant Chief Assessor for Physics.

ISBN 9780195577099
Publisher Oxford University Press
Product Type Student Books,
Year Level Year 10,
Author(s) Sally Cash, Geoff Quinton, Craig Tilley, Emma Craven& Ali Riza.

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