Science

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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. 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 addition to its practical applications, learning science is a valuable pursuit in its own right. Students can experience the joy of scientific discovery and nurture their natural curiosity about the world around them. In doing this, they develop critical and creative thinking skills and challenge themselves to identify questions and draw evidence-based conclusions using scientific methods. The wider benefits of this "scientific literacy" are well established, including giving students the capability to investigate the natural world and changes made to it through human activity.

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Students in Years Seven to Ten learn General Science through a 'core' science syllabus, derived from the Western Australian Curriculum: Science, composed of the following:

Science Inquiry Skills involves identifying and posing questions; planning, conducting and reflecting on investigations; processing, analysing and interpreting evidence; and communicating findings.

Biology is concerned with understanding living things. The key concepts developed are that: a diverse range of living things have evolved on Earth over hundreds of millions of years; living things are interdependent and interact with each other and their environment, and the form and features of living things are related to the functions that their body systems perform.

Chemistry is concerned with understanding the composition and behaviour of substances. The key concepts developed are that: the chemical and physical properties of substances are determined by their structure at an atomic scale and that substances change and new substances are produced by rearranging atoms through atomic interactions and energy transfer.

Physics is concerned with understanding the nature of forces and motion, and matter and energy. The two key concepts developed are that: forces affect the behaviour of objects, and that energy can be transferred and transformed from one form to another.

Earth and Space Sciences focuses on Earth's dynamic structure and its place in the cosmos. The key concepts developed are that: Earth is part of a solar system that is part of a larger universe; and Earth is subject to change within and on its surface, over a range of timescales as a result of natural processes and human use of resources.

Students in Years Eleven and Twelve can participate in ATAR courses in Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Physics and Psychology and General courses in Human Biology and Psychology.

ATAR Biology

A unique appreciation of life and a better understanding of the living world is gained through studying the Biology course. This course encourages students to be analytical, to participate in problem-solving and to systematically explore fascinating and intriguing aspects of living systems, from the microscopic level through to ecosystems.

ATAR Chemistry

The Chemistry course equips students with the knowledge, understanding and opportunity to investigate properties and reactions of materials. Students predict chemical effects, recognise hazards and make informed, balanced decisions about chemical use and sustainable resource management.

ATAR Human Biology

The Human Biology course gives students a chance to explore what it is to be human - how the human body works, the origins of human variation, inheritance in humans, the evolution of the human species and population genetics.

ATAR Physics

In the Physics course, students investigate the natural and built world around them in a wide and interesting range of contexts. They discover how we exploit radioactivity in industrial testing and in the treatment of diseases, why we use different materials in heating and cooling systems, how we use electric and magnetic fields in machines, and how our understanding of light and sound waves helps us to communicate.

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ATAR Psychology

The Psychology course introduces students to psychological knowledge which supports an understanding of the way individuals function in groups. Students learn about major psychological models and theories, and the methods used to conduct scientific investigations in the discipline of psychology.

General Human Biology

The Human Biology General course gives students a chance to explore how the human body works. Students focus on bones, muscles, nerves and hormones, and how they maintain the body to act in a coordinated manner. The causes and spread of disease and how humans respond to invading pathogens are studied, as well as the role of males and females in the process of reproduction.

General Psychology

In the Psychology General course, students learn about well-known psychological models and theories, and the methods used to conduct scientific investigations in the discipline of psychology. Acquiring this foundation of scientific method and critical thinking is a valuable skill which students can apply throughout their study, work and everyday lives.

 

Mrs Amanda Huke | Head of Science