Year 8 students will be provided with the opportunity to work in the Science laboratories and become familiar with the skills and processes relevant to the study of Science. The students will work collaboratively in a practical environment to solve problems and make discoveries. The students are expected to begin transferring their knowledge and findings to scientific report writing. Year 8 is seen as an important year where students are developing the essential skills and ideas that will allow them to be successful in their future studies in all areas of Science.
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 that are integrated into all sections of our course.
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.
Also in Term 3 is our annual Project night where students will display their individual projects to both parents and students.
There is 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. In 2018 the Science Department will also be 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 8 Level. The course follows closely the content of the student Text and E-learning resources, which are based on the Australian Curriculum.
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