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An overview of the curriculum for our Grade 10 Physical Science WebBook.


Dear educator, welcome to the force of educators that make a difference by unlocking the marvels of the Physical Sciences to learners. What a privilege you have to guide the learners in becoming critical thinkers!

To improve curriculum implementation and to meet the vision for our nation, the National Curriculum Statement Grades R - 12 (NCS) was revised, changed and is replaced by a national policy document developed for each subject. All Physical Sciences educators in the country have to use the National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement for Physical Sciences. This policy document replaces all old Subject Statements, Learning Programme Guidelines and Subject Assessment Guidelines in Grades R - 12. These changed curriculum and assessment requirements come into effect in January 2012. As a Physical Sciences educator for Grade 10, you need to have a sound understanding of the National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement for Physical Sciences.

This teachers' guide is divided into two main parts:

  • Part 1 deals with the policy document; and
  • Part 2 with the learners’ textbook.

Part 1

The National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement for Physical Sciences has four sections:

Section 1: Curriculum overview

Section 2: Physical Sciences

Section 3: Physical Sciences Content (Grades 10 - 12)

Section 4: Assessment

This part will assist you in getting to grips with the objectives and requirements laid down for the Physical Sciences at national level, and how to implement the prescribed policy document.

Part 2

The Grade 10 Physical Sciences textbook is divided into Chemistry and Physics. Each chapter in the textbook addresses prescribed content, concepts and skills. The range of activities includes practical activities, experiments, and informal and formal assessment tasks.

Curriculum overview

From the beginning of January 2012, all learning and teaching in public and independent schools in South Africa is laid down in the National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (January 2012) (CAPS) document. National Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements were developed for each subject and replace all previous policy statements including:

  • National Senior Certificate: a qualification at Level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF);
  • An addendum to the policy document, the National Senior Certificate: a qualification at Level 4 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), regarding learners with special needs, published in the Government Gazette, No. 29466 of 11 December 2006;
  • The Subject Statements, Learning Programme Guidelines and Subject Assessment Guidelines for Grades R - 9 and Grades 10 - 12.

The following sections in this document set out the expected norms and standards and minimum outcomes, as well as processes and procedures for the assessment of learner achievement in public and independent schools.

The national agenda and how the curriculum can serve this agenda:

Questions & Answers

anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
Purification of water by natural plants and wetlands
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