Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. It provides an understanding of scientific inquiry methods, a foundation of knowledge across the disciplines of science, and develops an ability to communicate scientific understanding and use evidence to solve problems and make evidence-based decisions. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.
In the Junior Years (Prep - Year 5): Students will follow the Australian Curriculum syllabus documents for English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, HPE and Languages. In 2016 we will be implementing Version 8 Australian Curriculum for Learning Areas. This rollout will be completed in 2017. The tenth Learning Area is Religion, where we follow the Brisbane Guidelines. Curriculum content and achievement standards are made explicit within the Australian Curriculum. Junior Years staff are responsible for the selection of the most suitable pedagogical approach for the students within their care. This ensures the best possible teaching and learning opportunities can take place at all times.
In the Middle Years (Years 6 – 9):Students are encouraged to question how things work while learning to investigate, understand and value the processes that support life on our planet. Each year, they explore the various areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space. Students access the Science Laboratory where they put their knowledge into practice as they plan and conduct experiments using the appropriate laboratory equipment.
Science lessons in the Middle Years are structured in the following way:
- Year 6: 3 x 40 minute lessons per week
- Year 7: 4 x 40 minute lessons per week
- Year 8: 5 x 40 minute lessons per week
- Year 9: 5 x 40 minute lessons per week
- Year 9 Electives: 3 x 40 minute lessons per week
In addition to the core Science curriculum, students in Year 9 have the opportunity to further develop their scientific understanding through the selection of the elective subjects. The Science electives available to choose from are Forensics, Everyday Substances, Mythbusters, Aquatic Science, Physics of Toys and Agricultural Science. These electives further extend those students who have a passion and interest in the area of Science, as well as developing knowledge and skills that form a basis for further specialisation in the Senior Years.
In the Senior Years (Years 10 – 12): Science is taught for two 80 minute lessons and one 40 minute lesson per week to all year 10 students. Classes rotate through four themed terms that cover Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Environmental Science to give students an indication of areas they may choose to pursue in years 11 and 12. At the completion of Year 9 high performing students are offered a position in the Year 10 Science Honours Program that allows for extension of students gifted in this area.
Students in Year 11 and 12 are currently able to choose from the following subjects; Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Marine Science. Each of these subjects is taught for the same time per week as year 10 science however the course of study spans both Year 11 and 12. Students may choose as many as three different science subjects if this is their particular area of interest and all of these subjects are suitable for students seeking an OP and university entry. All classes have regular access to specialist science classrooms and specialist teachers.