Science

Overview

Science at UC High School Kaleen follows the Australian Curriculum and has three interrelated strands: Scientific Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Scientific Inquiry Skills. Together, these three strands provide students with understanding, knowledge and skills through which they can develop a scientific view of the world. Students are challenged to explore science, its concepts, nature and uses through clearly described inquiry processes.

Each year group will have the opportunity to attend at least one science excursion per year and science week events are a major focus in Term 3 each year.  UC High School participates in several science competitions in including the Crystal Growing Competition. UCHSK was the most successful high school in this competition in 2013 and 2015.

Aims

Science aims to:

  • Encourage students to explore the world they live in
  • Investigate questions using scientific inquiry methods
  • Communicate research and experimental results and be able to justify and debate scientific work
  • Reflect and find solutions and make evidence based decisions
  • Build an awareness of how science has shaped our world and thinking

Organisation

In science, semester units continually build upon a set of skills essential for conducting scientific inquiry and reporting, and in research and communication of science from Year 7 to Year 10.

The content is based upon developing inquiry and problem solving skills, together with a deep understanding of the major concepts covered and is in line with the Australian Curriculum.

Year 7 - Semester 1
Introduction to Science and Safety in the Laboratory; Separating Mixtures; Energy; Water; Relationship between the Sun, Moon and Earth.

Year 7 - Semester 2
Classification, Food Chains and Food Webs, Renewable and Non-renewable resources, Forces and Machines

Year 8 - Semester 1
Cells; Animal and Plant Systems; Rocks and Minerals

Year 8 - Semester 2
Matter; Chemical Reactions; Forms of Energy

Year 9 - Semester 1
Ecology, Plate Tectonics, Chemistry

Year 9 - Semester 2
Homeostasis; Waves; Energy Flow

Year 10 - Semester 1
Physics (Motion and Energy); Genetics and Evolution

Year 10 - Semester 2
Chemistry, Scientific Theories, Global Systems