Year 7 students will be provided with the opportunity to work in the college 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.
We propose a modified science course with emphasis on developing the skills and ideas that students will need to progress in the upper school years. The course will be “Enquiry” based with students taking an active role in their learning. However, students will also work from a text book and assessments will include topic tests related to the content of this text.
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 as laid out in the Australian Curriculum document, which we are implementing in our courses. 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 puts an emphasis on the use of information technology as students will use various Applets on their iPads and will need to go on-line to complete homework, assignment tasks, making presentations, setting up folders to organise their notes and files and using forums to discuss what they have learnt. The online resource Into-Science is used to compliment the science textbook.
In 2018 the Science Department will be also integrating 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 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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