This is my plan for the two year course. The times are the IB suggested times. I teach a combined class (HL and SL) in the first year then they split into HL and SL in the 2nd year, if I were teaching HL and SL separately throughout the course I would probably follow the same order.
The "+ hours" are hours spent on practical work, with this schedule the SL students will get more practical hours than required but that's probably not a bad thing.
Notice that my plan features the investigation at the end of the first year. There are several reasons for this:
- avoid deadlines in other subjects
- complete investigation soon after students have acquired the necessary skills (before they forget)
- avoid third term
- use summer holiday for marking (not all of it I hope)
- make it possible for SL students to do another one if first attempt is poor
I also plan to do the engineering option in the first year as I think it is option that is the most straight forward and leads to a lot of possible investigations.
|Year 1 combined HL and SL (73 hours + 45)|
Topic 1: Measurement and uncertainties (5 hours)
|Year 2 HL (107 hours +15)||Year 2 SL (37 hours)|
Topic 9: Wave phenomena (17 hours)
Topic 5: Electricity and magnetism (15 hours)