Academic year 2011-2012
Mathematics - go to Mathematics


Week 30/5/11 - 3/6/11
Secondary Assessment Week

We have been working on The Presentation
This will be on 9th June. Read over your criteria. Know it!

We'll continue by discussing your experiment. We'll look at statistics and how they can be misleading.


What are human sciences?
Is it a blink or wink?

My kid could paint that - finish and discuss
Were Marla's paintings "art"?
Where does Marla fit in the nature vs nurture debate?

4/3/11 and 8/3/11
My kid could paint that

Did Marla paint the paintings? Are the paintings art? If they are art, does it matter who painted them?

What are the knowledge issues in art?

Homework due 11/3/11
Plato (428-348 BCE) believed that art weakens our ability to lead rational lives.
In 800 words, discuss this with reference to art and reason. Is Plato correct?
Continuing on from What is art, what is art 2?


What is art?

Is this art? Why or why not?
Tracy Emin's bed Damian Hirst Diamond Skull

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Photograph "The Golden Haired Lass" by Oscar Marzaroli
Le smoking (the clothes) by Yves St. Laurent

Sachiko Kodama

Muriel Gray and Iain Clark - the artist and the sitter

Sister Wendy on responding to art -

Vocabulary you used in talking about art

create;special feeling;5 senses;unique;decorative;design;showing-off;sends a message;expresses feeling;impact;emotion;mood;impression;culturally beautiful;underlying theme;sound+vision=more solid emotion

We had a round up day - a little bit of reason (level 2 of the game cards), emotional quiz, language used in the real hustle.
The real hustle: -

We finished off Reason with the fallacies game.
Homework due Friday 18/2/11

Just seen on TV on a programme about berries and improved memory:
We live in bear country.
Berries are good for memory.
Bears eat berries.
I've never seen a bear with a bad memory.
Valid argument? What kind of argument is this?


Inductive reasoning

12/1/11 and 14/1/11

How evolution has failed

Let's visit the Creation Museum

The Atlas of Creation article

Richard Dawkins on the Atlas of Creation

Ricky Gervais on creationism

Intelligent Design
Is this a new theory?

weeks commencing 6/12/10 and 13/12/10
You will present. Remember to check the assessment rubric.

Here are some notes on the Theory of Evolution:

week commencing 29 November - ASSESSMENT WEEK
no TOK class
Here is a recent article on reason and emotion:
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23/11/10 and 25/11/10
We will work on your presentations. You must make sure you know the assessment criteria and that you have a news article.

The Theory of Evolution
You will need to bring a science textbook to class.

1. What's the difference between a guess, a hypothesis, a law and a theory?
Look in your science textbook and find an example of each.

2. What is knowing? (2 minutes)

3. What is evolution? (1.5 minutes)

4. The theory of evolution (10 minutes)

5. What is the difference between fact and opinion?

6. Who do we trust? The man in the white coat? Who is the authority?

Who is right? What ways of knowing can you see here? Which is stronger in creating our knowledge?

Because we reviewed the perception essays and the presentation, we didn't get as far as I thought on Friday. So we'll begin at 2 and carry on.

We are going to begin our series of lessons on science. The background reading is chapter 8 of Mr van de Lagemaat's book.

1. We discussed what was science and the scientific method. Check the order on this slide - is it correct?

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2.What exactly is scientific method?
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3. Scientific method activity

4.Is science just finding out what nature is?

5. Experiment
We'll experiment with spaghetti as per Prof Feynman