SCIENCE

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 8. The students are encouraged to work scientifically by using a range of methods to collect data, manipulate and present data in appropriate ways, draw conclusions and relate them to the aim of the investigation being undertaken. The course includes four main areas, which utilise an appropriate balance of theoretical and practical learning methods.

Semester 1
The year begins with an introduction to “Science at Timbertop” that involves studies of wood boilers and the related concepts of heat transfer and move on to explore sound and light energy. The Light and Optics unit aims to develop students’ understanding of properties of light, including reflection and refraction. 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.

Semester 2
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. 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. Finally, the students consider the natural and human impacts that influence Australian ecosystems and conduct an investigation to evaluate the impact, and suggest solutions, for introduced species on the campus.

ASSESSMENT

Students complete formative and summative assessment on science content knowledge and inquiry skills.
Summative assessments each semester include:
    •     Topic tests (50%)
    •     Investigation Tasks (50%)

SCIENCE PATHWAYS AT GGS

Group 4 - Physics
Year 11 and 12 - IB

Group 4 - Chemistry
Year 11 and 12 - IB

Group 4 - Biology
Year 11 and 12 - IB

Physics
Year 11 and 12 - VCE

Chemistry
Year 11 and 12 - VCE

Biology
Year 11 and 12 - VCE

Sport Science
Year 10

Science
Year 10

Science
Middle School - Years 5 to 8