The Science curriculum highlights the importance of technology in advancing science and the role of science in developing technology. Students develop skills in selecting and using resources and systems to solve problems.
Students look at the 'big picture' of scientific ideas, with an emphasis on the personal and social aspects of science. This allows students to combine processes and scientific knowledge as they use scientific reasoning and critical thinking to develop their understanding of science.
In Years 7 and 8 the Science curriculum develops students' understandings and skills in scientific inquiry, including observation, inferring and experimentation.
Engaging students in inquiry helps them to develop:
- Understanding of scientific concepts
- An appreciation of science
- Skills necessary to become independent inquirers about the natural world.
Topics covered in Year 7 include: laboratory safety, forces and simple machines, chemical mixtures and separation, classification, earth sciences.
Topics covered in Year 8 include: energy, chemistry and states of matter, cells and microscopes, the rock cycle.
In Years 9 and 10 the Science curriculum further develops students' scientific knowledge, skills and attitudes within the following broad areas of science - Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Geology. Students examine, question and consider a variety of scientific ideas through practical activities in class and through projects. They learn how to use scientific equipment and collect data using a variety of tools.
An important focus in science at this stage is the move beyond knowledge acquisition to the application of scientific knowledge to current issues. Students learn to appreciate science as a human activity by observing the influence and development of scientific applications.
Topics covered in Year 9 include: Biology - ecosystems; Physics - heat, light and sound; Chemistry - the atom; Geology - plate tectonics and natural disasters.
Topics covered in Year 10 include: Biology - DNA and genetics; Physics - laws of motion; Chemistry - the periodic table and chemical reactions; Geology - 'Big Bang' theory.