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Junior Science (Years 7 – 10)

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Years 7-10

Science is a compulsory subject of study in Years 7 to 10 in all schools. The students study a range of topics organised into different units of work that are aligned with the new Australian National Curriculum. These new and inquiry based units of work differentiate the curriculum to cater for the needs of all students from a diverse range of backgrounds and academic abilities. We attempt to perform a range of practical work and experiences to reinforce students’ learning.

The following are the range of content taught to students in Years 7-10.

Science Understanding

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Science
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Physical Sciences

This also includes science as a human endeavor and science inquiry skills. These skills are developed by students having the opportunity to work scientifically by questioning and predicting, planning and conducting, processing and analysing data and information and communicating.

Stage 4 – Year 7 and 8

Physical World

  • Describes the action of unbalanced forces in everyday situations.
  • Discusses how scientific understanding and technological developments have contributed to finding solutions to problems involving energy transfers and transformations.

Earth and Space

  • Describes the dynamic nature of models, theories and laws in developing scientific understanding of the Earth and solar system.
  • Explains how advances in scientific understanding of processes that occur within and on the Earth, influence the choices people make about resource use and management.

Living World

  • Relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction.
  • Explains how new biological evidence changes people’s understanding of the world.

Chemical World

  • Describes the observed properties and behaviour of matter, using scientific models and theories about the motion and arrangement of particles
  • Explains how scientific understanding of, and discoveries about the properties of elements, compounds and mixtures relate to their uses in everyday life.

Scope and Sequences

Year 7 Science Scope and Sequence

Year 8 Science Scope and Sequence

Stage 5 – Years 9 and 10

Physical World

  • Applies models, theories and laws to explain situations involving energy, force and motion.
  • Explains how scientific understanding about energy conservation, transfers and transformations is applied in systems.

Earth and Space

  • Describes changing ideas about the structure of the Earth and the universe to illustrate how models, theories and laws are refined over time by the scientific community.
  • Explains how scientific knowledge about global patterns of geological activity and interactions involving global systems can be used to inform decisions related to contemporary issues.

Living World

  • Analyses interactions between components and processes within biological systems.
  • Explains how biological understanding has advanced through scientific discoveries, technological developments and the needs of society.

Chemical World

  • Explains how models, theories and laws about matter have been refined as new scientific evidence becomes available.
  • Discusses the importance of chemical reactions in the production of a range of substances, and the influence of society on the development of new materials.

Scope and Sequences

Year 9 Science Scope and Sequence

Year 10 Science Scope and Sequence