Keys to General Science is a stimulating course that equips learners with scienti¬fic skills of long-term value in an increasingly technological world. It has been speci¬fically developed for the integrated learning area of General Science in the NEW Zimbabwean Curriculum. The course covers four years of Secondary Education (Forms 1–4) and aims to develop learners’ basic scienti¬fic abilities in physics chemistry and biology. Learners gain knowledge and understanding of basic scienti¬fic concepts and principles, while also acquiring valuable experience in the study and practices of science through experimental work, critical thinking and learning to handle information.
Keys to General Science builds on the junior school science syllabus and covers basic science concepts, such as observing, recording, measuring and presentation of data, and develops practical skills, such as handling of apparatus, chemicals, and plant and animal specimens safely and con¬fidently. In covering the basics of physics, chemistry and biology, concept areas that include diversity, models, systems and interactions are also explained.
Important features of Keys to General Science Form 1 Learner’s Book
• Topics that correspond to the syllabus and Units that cover the objectives of the syllabus
• Key words that are highlighted in colour and are listed and explained in Key word boxes at the end of each Unit
• A list of Key Concepts for each Unit that summarises the content of that unit for easy revision
• Full colour illustrations and photographs, with captions and labels that help the learners understand the content and concepts
• Activities that provide learners with the opportunity to develop and apply the science concepts
• Assessment exercises for each Unit to evaluate understanding of content covered
Features of Keys to General Science Form 1 Teacher’s Guide
• Comprehensive support to teach the syllabus effectively using the Learner’s Book
• An introduction to the syllabus, with a learning content chart for Form 1
• Teaching Guidelines, methodology and lists of objectives for each Topic
• Guidelines, a list of resources and suggested answers for each Activity
• Answers for Unit assessments and checklists for assessment of each Topic
• Sample end-of-year exam papers with memoranda for chemistry, physics and biology