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.
Science is a Compulsory Subject for Years 7-10
Students further develop their understanding of systems and how the idea of equilibrium is important in dynamic systems. They consider how a change in one of the components can affect all components of the system because of the interrelationships between the parts. They consider the idea of form and function at a range of scales in both living and non-living systems. Students move from an experiential appreciation of the effects of energy to a more abstract understanding of the nature of energy.
As students investigate the science phenomena outlined in these years, they begin to learn about major theories that underpin science, including the particle theory, atomic theory, the theory of evolution, plate tectonic theory and the Big Bang theory.
Optional Science Subject choice for Senior Grades
Students are provided with Science activities that are interesting and relevant to them. They develop a positive attitude to Science, gaining enjoyment from opportunities to investigate the real world. Students experience the processes through which scientific knowledge and understanding are developed.