Year 7 students will be provided with the opportunity to work in the College Kepler Science laboratories and become familiar with the skills and processes relevant to the study of Science. Students will work collaboratively in a practical environment to solve problems and make discoveries. They are expected to begin transferring their knowledge and findings to scientific report writing.
As part of the program, all Year 7 students will be attending a full day excursion in Term 2 to the Zoo. Also in Term 3 is our annual Project Night where students will display their individual projects to both parents and students.
The course content follows closely the guidelines in the Western Australian Curriculum document. In this curriculum Science has three interrelated strands Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills which are integrated into all sections of our course.
The course places an emphasis on the use of information technology as students will use various Applets on their iPads and will need to go online to complete homework, assignment tasks. The online resource Education Perfect is used to compliment the science textbook.
The Science Department also integrates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ideas, projects and activities in its courses.
The course will start with the scientific process, experimental procedure, laboratory safety and equipment. Students will then proceed to study all sub-stands of the Science Understanding Strand. These are Biological, Chemical, Physical and Earth and Space Sciences at the Year 7 level. The course follows closely the content of the student Text and E-learning resources, which is based on the Western Australian Curriculum.
Students also have the opportunity to be part of our highly successful Science Club, which aims to extend students beyond normal class activities such as Astronomy and Chemistry in the evening.
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