Science

 

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

Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour 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.

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 science knowledge.

 

Students will cover the following areas:

Year 7

Biological Sciences:        Classification

                                          Feeding Relationships

Earth Sciences:              Energy Science

                                          Cycles in Nature

                                           Interaction of Earth, Moon and Sun

Chemical Sciences:           Mixtures and Separation Techniques

Physical Science:            Gravity

                                           Forces

                                            Simple Machines

 

Year 8

Biological Sciences:          Cells and Systems.

Earth Sciences:                  Rocks and Minerals.

Chemical Science:             Physical and Chemical change.

                                          Elements, Compounds and Mixtures.

Physical Science:               Forms of energy.

                                           Transfer and Transformation of energy.

 

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 strokes what areas are being focussed on in science.

Outpost Central

Online data for the schools 8.75kW Photovolataic system located on the roof of the gym.

To login use the following information: Username; schooluser5, Password; jwcollege

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