Year 8 students will be provided with the opportunity to work in the Kepler 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. 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 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 that are integrated into all sections of our course.
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 and presentations. 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 8 level. The course follows closely the content of the student text and E-learning resources, which are based on the Western Australian Curriculum.
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