The Year 9 Science Course follows the Australian Science Curriculum that is organised in three interrelated strands:
- Science as a human endeavour – which focuses on the nature and influence of science
- Science inquiry skills – which focuses on skills essential for working scientifically
- Science understanding – which focuses on the important science concepts from across different areas of science (details below)
Physical Sciences: The year begins with an introduction to “Science at Timbertop” that involves the study of wood boilers and the related concepts of heat transfer and moves on to explore sound and light energy. The Light and Optics unit in Term 4 aims to develop students’ understanding of properties of light, including reflection and refraction.
Biological Sciences: In ecology and biodiversity, the students learn about interdependence and the influence of living and non-living factors that create an environment. Students also study the flow of energy and matter in an ecosystem and the chemistry involved in photosynthesis and cellular respiration. The students also consider the natural and human impacts that influence Australian ecosystems and conduct field work at Timbertop to evaluate habitat health on the property. The students are introduced to the role of the nervous and endocrine systems in maintaining homeostasis and responding to stimuli. Further to this, the students learn about diseases and the role of the immune system in responding to disease.
Chemical Sciences: The study of Chemistry at Timbertop builds on the students’ prior knowledge of the Periodic Table. It aims to strengthen students’ understanding of atomic structure and the relationships between element groups. This knowledge is applied, in particular, to an examination of ionic bonding and basic chemical reactions.
1. Classwork (35%)
2. Practical Work (35%)
3. Tests (30%)