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National Curriculum


Says "Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They should be helped to appreciate the achievements of science in showing how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas relating to the sciences which are inter-linked, and which are of universal application. 

These key ideas include: 
1• the use of conceptual models and theories to make sense of the observed diversity of natural phenomena 
2• the assumption that every effect has one or more cause 
3• that change is driven by interactions between different objects and systems • that many such interactions occur over a distance and over time 
4• that science progresses through a cycle of hypothesis, practical experimentation, observation, theory development and review 
5• that quantitative analysis is a central element both of many theories and of scientific methods of inquiry. 
6 The sciences should be taught in ways that help students to develop curiosity about the natural world, insight into working scientifically, and appreciation of the relevance of science to their everyday lives"

Applying these key ideas to 'Bringing Soil to life'...

I would have thought 'Bringing the Soil to Life' can do most of this..
1. The concept of "Soil Web" to explain the relationships of the creatures, Macro, Meso and Micro Fauna and Flora 
2. The 'Living Soil Web' concept implies that every change in the soil comes about bought about in relation to other forces. 
3. Soil continuously changing, through the seasons, with interactions between plant roots, soil animals, as well as dealing with the plant debris. the interactions taking place in the soil can have dramatic effects on wider envirnment
4. Can use Soil Science to theorise - about what does what in the soil. eg the effect of weedkillers on the soil web (my thesis). then to carry out tests, then judge the results. 
5. Counting the creatures is essential - with an estimated 12 quadrillion in British Soils, there is a lot of counting to go at (link to Countryside Survey). I counted 1/2 million - at that rate I would have to live twice as long as the earth has existed.
6. I cant think of a better natural world than the living soil to develop curiosity; it is the last biological world to be properly explored and to be discovered. 
And if anybody is teaching evolution, they can be shown to have crucial role in creating what we call 'earth'

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