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The Australian Curriculum
In years 8, 9 and 10, students at John Pirie Secondary School study science for the whole year. Here, the science curriculum 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.

Year 8
In Year 8, students are introduced to cells as microscopic structures that explain macroscopic properties of living systems. They link form and function at a cellular level and explore the organisation of body systems in terms of flows of matter between interdependent organs. Similarly, they explore changes in matter at a particle level, and distinguish between chemical and physical change. They begin to classify different forms of energy, and describe the role of energy in causing change in systems, including the role of heat and kinetic energy in the rock cycle. Students use experimentation to isolate relationships between components in systems and explain these relationships through increasingly complex representations. They make predictions and propose explanations, drawing on evidence to support their views.

Year 9
In Year 9, students consider the operation of systems at a range of scales. They explore ways in which the human body as a system responds to its external environment and the interdependencies between biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems. They are introduced to the notion of the atom as a system of protons, electrons and neutrons, and how this system can change through nuclear decay. They learn that matter can be rearranged through chemical change and that these changes play an important role in many systems. They are introduced to the concept of the conservation of matter and begin to develop a more sophisticated view of energy transfer. They begin to apply their understanding of energy and forces to global systems such as continental movement.

Year 10
In the Year 10 curriculum students explore systems at different scales and connect microscopic and macroscopic properties to explain phenomena. Students explore the biological, chemical, geological and physical evidence for different theories, such as the theories of natural selection and the Big Bang. Atomic theory is developed to understand relationships within the periodic table. Understanding motion and forces are related by applying physical laws. Relationships between aspects of the living, physical and chemical world are applied to systems on a local and global scale and this enables students to predict how changes will affect equilibrium within these systems.

Year 10 Elective
The year 10 science elective is offered in the second semester and is designed to provide students with an extension in science. Students will develop their understanding through project work.  The subject will have emphasis on practical tasks with an engineering focus. Possible projects include: Designing and flying a remote control airplane, completing a number of electronic projects and other engineering tasks. Students selecting this subject must be aware that this is an elective and does not replace their compulsory science subject.

Year 11 & 12 (SACE Stage 1 & 2)
Science at SACE level is optional and the courses offered include : Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students are counselled into these courses, based on their performance in Science during Year 10, their interests and their chosen career pathways.
All students, regardless of gender or background, have access to Science opportunities that accommodate and extend their experiences and broaden their perspectives on Science.


Last Updated on Friday, 26 October 2012 15:05