SCIENCE

Year 5

The course follows the Australian Science Curriculum that enhances the development of the three inter-related strands of scientific inquiry skills, science as a human endeavour and science understanding. The students develop their understanding of the world around them both locally and globally. The disciplines involved include biological, chemical, earth and space, and physical sciences

Biological sciences: students expand their knowledge of all living organisms and their surroundings. They learn about how specific organisms adapt to their environment.

Chemical sciences: students are introduced to the use of scientific equipment and focus on safety procedures within the laboratory. The concepts or matter and atoms are introduced and students differentiate between the properties of solids, liquids and gases.

Earth and space sciences: students learn about the structure of the earth and surrounding planets.   

Physical sciences: the phenomenon of light is introduced to the students; its properties, sources and how types of shadows are formed.   

Year 6

The course follows the Australian Science Curriculum that enhances the development of the three interrelated strands of scientific inquiry skills, science as a human endeavour, and science understanding. Throughout the course of the year the students will develop their understanding of the world around them by studying the following topics:

Biological sciences: students investigate that growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment. 

Chemical sciences: students investigate that changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, evaporating; or irreversible, such as burning and rusting. 

Earth and space sciences: students investigate that sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect the earth’s surface. 

Physical sciences: students investigate that electrical circuits provide a means of transferring and transforming electricity. They will also explore that energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity.

Year 7

The course follows the Australian Science Curriculum that enhances the development of the three interrelated strands of scientific inquiry skills, science as a human endeavour, and science understanding. At the start of the year the students are introduced to the need for safe accurate work practices in the science laboratory. Students are encouraged to work scientifically by collecting data accurately, manipulating and presenting data in appropriate ways, drawing conclusions and relating them to the aim of the investigation being undertaken. 

In Semester 1, students investigate the biological areas of habitats and interactions in addition to classification, as well as Earth's resources.
In Semester 2, students investigate the chemical areas of properties of substances and mixtures, as well as the physical science areas of forces and machines and earth and space science.

The key outcomes for the year are an improved understanding of the scientific process, an awareness of the development of science and scientific theory as a continuous human endeavour and an improved knowledge base of the specific topics that are covered.

ASSESSMENT

1. Classroom tests (50%)
2. Practical work, projects and prep (50%)

Year 8

The course follows the Australian Science Curriculum that enhances the development of the three interrelated strands of scientific inquiry skills, science as a human endeavour, and science understanding. The course builds on the knowledge and skills gained in year 7. The students are encouraged to work scientifically by selecting and using a range of equipment, collecting data accurately, manipulating and presenting data in appropriate ways, drawing conclusions and relating them to the aim of the investigation being undertaken. 

In Semester 1, the key topics of cells, living systems and growth and reproduction are investigated. In Semester 2, the concept of energy underlines the key topics: energy, physical and chemical change; elements, compounds and mixtures; rocks and mining. 

The key outcomes for the year are an improved understanding of the scientific process, an awareness of the development of science and scientific theory as a continuous human endeavour and an improved knowledge base of the specific topics that are covered.

ASSESSMENT
1. Classroom tests (50%)
2. Practical work, projects and prep (50%)

 

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