Science is able to inform problem solving and decision making in many areas of life.
Many of the major challenges and opportunities that confront our world need to be approached from a scientific perspective, taking into account social and ethical considerations.
Science Year 1-8
Science is taught through the nature of science strand and contexts are chosen from the planet earth and beyond, living, physical and material world strands. Students learn what science is and how scientists work, they will learn to think and behave like scientists. Science units are integrated with English and may be integrated with other curriculum areas such as social science, health, technology, arts and mathematics. Students are given opportunities to make observations, carry out investigations, to communicate findings and debate issues to develop scientific knowledge, understanding and explanations.
Science Year 9 and Year 10
The Science Learning Area is divided into five ‘strands’and all students will experience: Living World (biology), Material World (chemistry), Physical World (physics), Planet Earth and Beyond (geology and astronomy) and Nature of Science (how science works). We aim to provide a variety of pathways that allow students to experience science that is engaging, relevant and which reflects our local environment and community. We encourage parents to look at their child’s Y9 and Y10 Science Moodle pages to see what and how students are learning.
Our focus is switching away from the traditional knowledge centered curriculum to a more Inquiry centered focus. Students are able to delve deeper into areas which interest them within the context studied. For example - Forensic science when studying genetics. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of scientific claims and will develop the critical thinking skills needed to analyse the evidence and ask the questions that will help them identify reliable from unreliable information.
Year 11 Science NCEA Level 1
This is the mainstream course which is a requirement for students who may wish to follow science in Y12 and Y13. Topics are selected to meet achievement objectives at Level 6 of the NZ Curriculum. This is an academic course and assessed through Achievement Standards both internal and external. The topics for internal assessment will be determined by student voice. The main areas of study include:
- Practical investigation
Year 11 Science Applied NCEA Level 1
This course will be made up from a selection of internally assessed Achievement Standards from Level 1 Science, Biology and Physics. The standards will relate to our beach environment and the activities most of us enjoy like surfing, fishing and sun bathing. This course does not lead on to further science courses at Level 2.