Science

Science provides an empirical way of answering interesting and important questions about the chemical, biological, physical and technological world and the space beyond it. The study of science is a collaborative and creative endeavour that explores an interrelated set of models, theories, laws, systems, structures and interactions. This helps to provide explanations for various phenomena and enables sense to be made of the natural world.

The Stage 5 Science course invites students to look more closely at how science impacts society and helps shape the future. Students continue to actively engage in working scientifically to gain an increased appreciation and understanding of the importance of science in their own lives and society, both locally and globally. They are encouraged to demonstrate honesty, ethical principles and respect for differing viewpoints on scientific issues. Students are given opportunities to strengthen their scientific capabilities from Year 7 and Year 8 to become scientifically literate citizens and make informed decisions about further studies in Year 11 and Year 12.

The study of Science enables students to develop a positive self-concept as learners and gain confidence in and enjoyment from their learning. Through active participation in challenging and engaging experiences, they become self-motivated, independent learners. Their understanding of science and its social and cultural contexts provides a basis for students to make reasoned evidence-based future choices and ethical decisions and to engage in finding innovative solutions to science-related personal, social and global issues, including sustainable futures.

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