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Westfields Sports High School

Westfields Sports High School

First In Australia

Telephone02 9604 3333

Emailwestfields-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Course: Science        Faculty: Science        Course Fees: Nil

Impact on Stage 6: N/A

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION - MANDATORY

In Stage 5 Science there is an emphasis on the development of skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes. There are opportunities for students to develop the skills of working scientifically by engaging in problem solving, thinking critically, analytically and creatively. Students study the knowledge base of Science, from sub-atomic physics to how the body works, ecology, evolution of the Earth and its life forms, chemistry and astronomy. In all activities, the importance of communication skills and literacy is emphasised.

 

MAIN FOCUS AREAS & OUTCOMES

Students will investigate the following:

  • Causes and impacts of Natural Disasters
  • Coordination and Control systems within the body
  • Atomic structure and the Periodic Table
  • The production and uses of Electricity
  • Causes of disease
  • The importance of sustainability
  • Understanding genetics and biotechnology
  • Motion and the forces that change it
  • Chemical reactions and their importance to society
  • The evolution of life
  • The importance of technology
  • The structure of our universe

 

OUTCOMES

  • Develops questions or hypotheses to be investigated scientifically.
  • Produces a plan to investigate identified questions, hypotheses or problems, individually and collaboratively.
  • Undertakes first-hand investigations to collect valid and reliable data and information, individually and collaboratively.
  • Processes, analyses and evaluates data from first-hand investigations and secondary sources to develop evidence-based arguments and conclusions.
  • Applies scientific understanding and critical thinking skills to suggest possible solutions to identified problems.
  • Presents science ideas and evidence for a particular purpose and to a specific audience, using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.