Subject Details - 10 Science

Subject Length2 semesters
DescriptionStudents develop their science inquiry skills and use the scientific method to develop questions and hypotheses and independently design and improve appropriate methods of investigation, including field work and laboratory experimentation. They explain how they have considered reliability, safety, fairness and ethical actions in their methods and identify where digital technologies can be used to enhance the quality of data. When analysing data, selecting evidence and developing and justifying conclusions, they identify alternative explanations for findings and explain any sources of uncertainty.

Students reflect regularly on their learning through Quick Writes and Learning Logs.
TopicsStudents develop their knowledge and understanding of Science through a curriculum that encompasses Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Earth and Space.

Studies in Biology focuses on how the transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next involves DNA and genes and the theory of evolution by natural selection.

In Chemical Science students learn about the relationship between atomic structure, the properties of elements and their position in the periodic table. They investigate different types of chemical reactions and how they can occur at different rates and produce a range of products.

Physical Science focuses on describing and predicting the motion of objects using the laws of physics and how energy conservation in a system can be explained through energy transfers and transformations.

In Earth and Space students explore how the Big Bang theory can be used to explain the origin of the universe and features of the universe such as galaxies, stars and the solar system. Students investigate why and how earth has changed within and on its surface over time.

Students evaluate the validity and reliability of claims made in secondary sources with reference to currently held scientific views, the quality of the methodology and the evidence cited.
AssessmentStudents are assessed against the Australian Curriculum achievement standards using the strands:

o Science Understanding
o Science Inquiry
o Science as a Human Endeavour
Additional InformationExcursions may be offered and incur a cost.