This is a full year subject for all students in year 9. The curriculum covers all four subject areas of the Victorian Science Curriculum; Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Space.
The topics to be covered are:
- Body Communication; looking at how multi-cellular organisms rely on coordinated and interdependent internal systems and respond to changes in their environment.
- Electricity and Magnetism; using the concepts of voltage and current to explain the operation of electric circuits and using a field model to explain interactions between magnets.
- Atomic Structure; looking at how all matter is made up of atoms, the structure of these and how natural radioactivity arises from the decay of nuclei in atoms.
- Chemical reactions; studying the rearrangement of atoms to form new substances, and that chemical reactions are important in both non-living and living systems and involve energy transfer.
- Ecosystems; investigating how ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components and that matter and energy flow through these systems.
- Plate tectonics; understanding how plate tectonics can explain patterns in geological activity and continental movement.
Students are encouraged to improve their scientific understanding and skills by interacting with a variety of learning experiences that includes an emphasis on laboratory work and safety, thus enhancing their science inquiry skills. The nature, development, use and influence of science are explored.
Students record and communicate their progress using a variety of techniques such as workbook entries, interactives, written scientific reports, posters, models and multimedia presentations.
Contact Teacher - Kara Vella