Why study Science?
Science provides students with a solid foundation in science knowledge, understanding and skills and
values on which further learning and adult life can be built.
It fosters an interest in science and a curiosity and willingness to speculate about and explore the
Science enables students to engage in communication of and about science, value evidence and
question scientific claims made by others.
It enables students to identify and investigate scientific questions, draw evidence-based conclusions
and make informed decisions about their own health and wellbeing.
Science encourages students to appreciate and apply science to daily life.
It helps students to develop their science understanding so that they can function effectively in a
scientifically and technologically advanced society.
What is studied in Science?
From Years 7 to 10, there will be units of Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space. Each of these units
could be assessed in three dimensions.
The three dimensions are:
Science Understanding: science knowledge (facts,
concepts, principles, laws, theories and models)
represents the building blocks of science
understanding; the selection and application of
knowledge to new situations and events.
Science Inquiry Skills: evaluating claims, investigating
and making valid conclusions.
Science as a Human Endeavour: the need for informed, evidence-based decision making about current
and future applications of science.
The Year 7-10 Science course seeks to incorporate the three
strands from the Australian Curriculum and covers a broad
range of topics as a foundation for future study of senior
science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology). These subjects
encourage students to make thoughtful and critical decisions
about scientific claims that influence their own lifestyle, health
and environment, as well as develop a range of skills to gain a
deeper understanding of the world.