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Science provides an empirical way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world. The knowledge it produces has proven to be a reliable basis for action in our personal, social and economic lives.

Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavor arising from our desire to make sense of our world through exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems.

Science aims to understand a large number of observations in terms of a much smaller number of broad principles. Science knowledge is contestable and is revised, refined and extended as new evidence arises.

At John Willcock College, the Science Department aims to ensure that students develop:

  • An interest in science as a means of expanding their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live;
  • An understanding of the vision that science provides of the nature of living things, of the Earth and its place in the cosmos, and of the physical and chemical processes that explain the behaviour of all material things;
  • An understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and the ability to use a range of scientific inquiry methods; including questioning; planning and conducting experiments and investigations based on ethical principles; collecting and analysing data; evaluating results; and drawing critical, evidence based conclusions;
  • An ability to communicate scientific understanding and findings to a range of audiences, to justify ideas on the basis of evidence, and to evaluate and debate scientific arguments and claims;
  • An ability to solve problems and make informed, evidence based decisions about current and future applications of science while taking into account ethical and social implications of decisions;
  • An understanding of historical and cultural contributions to science as well as contemporary science issues and activities and an understanding of the diversity of careers related to science; and
  • A solid foundation of knowledge of the Biological, Chemical, Physical and Earth Sciences, including being able to select and integrate the scientific knowledge and methods needed to explain and predict phenomena, to apply that understanding to new situations and events, and to appreciate the dynamic nature of scientific knowledge.

Students will cover the following areas:

Year 7 Year 8
Biological Sciences: Classification Biological Sciences: Cells and Systems
Feeding Relationships  Earth Sciences: Rocks and Minerals
Earth Sciences: Energy Science  Chemical Science: Physical and Chemical change
Cycles in Nature Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
Interaction of Earth, Moon and Sun  Physical Science: Forms of Energy
Chemical Sciences: Mixtures and Separation Techniques Transfer and Transformation of energy
Physical Science:        Gravity
Forces
Simple Machines
Year 9 
Biological Sciences: Control Systems.
Ecology
Earth Sciences: Earth Structure
Chemical Science:  Atomic Structure and Decay
Chemical Reactions and Equations.
Physical Science: Energy Sources
Wave Form Energy: Heat, Light and Sound
Electricity and Magnetism

 

 

Australian Curriculum Science

This is the site that will allow you to see in broad terms what areas are being focussed on in science.

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