Science at a glance:
In science, students explore the natural and made worlds. They learn how to apply scientific skills, knowledge and understanding across a broad range of contexts. Science provides a way of inquiring about the world around us. It explores evidence and investigates ways to discover, develop and produce solutions to real-world problems. The inquiry and skill-based nature of science opens doors to ideas and discoveries. The study of science provides students with a contemporary and coherent understanding of some of the basic laws, theories and principles of biology, chemistry, physics, investigating science and other scientific fields and their application.
Evans High School science faculty develops a student's understanding of science as a continually developing body of knowledge, the role of experimentation in deciding between competing theories and the provisional nature of science explanations. The science faculty also aim to encourage students to develop a range of practical skills including the use of current instrumentation, information technology and an increased ability to communicate understanding.
Snapshot of assessment in the Science Faculty:
In Year 7-10 Science, students are assessed on their knowledge, skills, and positive values about and attitudes towards themselves. These assessments vary, but may include Practical tasks, Research tasks, Examinations across a range of topics. There are normally 4 assessment tasks issued across the year and these tasks often carry a weighting between 10-30% of the overall mark achieved for the course.
In Year 11 and 12, the methods of assessment vary greatly between courses, but often include Depth study (including a presentation),Research tasks and Examinations. The Biology and Investigating Science courses also includes a Field study in Year 11, which involves an in-depth study and research of an Ecosystem. Year 11 students will complete three assessment tasks and Year 12 students will complete four assessment tasks in their respective courses. These tasks may carry a weighting between 10-35% depending on the type of task.
In theory and practical lessons for all Science courses, it is expected that students are prepared for lessons with the necessary stationery and an exercise book containing no less than 128 pages. In Year 11 and 12, multiple exercise books may be necessary. It is compulsory for the students to wear black leather shoes for all science lessons.
Our Junior Science course provides learning experiences through which students will develop knowledge and understanding of:
- the history of science
- the nature and practice of science
- applications and uses of science
- the implications of science for society and the environment
- current issues, research and developments in science
- the resources of the Earth
- internal and external environments
- chemical changes
- organs and systems of the body
- planning investigations
- conducting investigations
- communicating information and understanding
- developing scientific thinking and problem-solving techniques
- working individually and in teams.
Our Senior Science course provides learning experiences through which students will:
- acquire knowledge and understanding about fundamental concepts related to the nature and functioning of physical, chemical, and biological systems, the historical development of these concepts and their application in personal, social, economic, technological and environmental situations.
- progress from the consideration of specific data and knowledge to the understanding of models and concepts and the explanation of generalised scientific terms; from the collection and organisation of information to problem-solving and from the use of simple communication skills to those that are more sophisticated.
- develop positive attitudes towards the study of physical, chemical, geological and biological systems, the environment and opinions held by others, recognising the importance of evidence and the use of critical evaluation of differing scientific opinions related to various aspects of science.
Science is mandatory for all students from Year 7 to Year 10.
Science 7-10 provides a way of inquiring about the world around us. It explores evidence and investigates ways to discover, develop and produce solutions to real-world problems. Science emphasises the skills for working scientifically, as well as critical and creative thinking to address scientific issues.
In Years 11 and 12, students can choose from different science disciplines, including:
- Earth and Environmental Science
- Investigating Science
In Year 12, students who are studying at least one other science subject may also choose to study Science Extension.