In Junior Science, students will develop a fundamental understanding of a range of science concepts from Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth and Space Science. They will also come to understand about the Nature of Science and how it relates to their everyday lives. Practical work is an important aspect of the Junior Science programme.
The importance of Junior Science
Junior Science is important as it allows students to gain an understanding of what happens in the world around them. In our everyday life we are faced with science, from the food that we consume, to the power used in our homes and topics we see in the media. By having an understanding of science and being able to think critically about science related issues, we are able to react to the science that we encounter in our everyday lives. Through the junior science programme students begin to develop their ability to make informed decisions and problem solve, using their scientific knowledge, preparing them to engage with science throughout the rest of their life.
What pathways does Junior Science lead to?
Junior Science follows on to Senior Science subjects. At Year 11 there are two science programmes on offer, Science 101 and Science 102. Entry to these two courses is based on achievement and effort from Junior Science.
What will be covered in the Junior Science Programmes?
Year 9 Science:
In Year 9 a range of topics from each Science discipline are covered. These topics are taught in the contexts of Downsize Me, Power Stations, Plants, Waikato River, Our Place in Space and Pyrotechnics.
Year 10 Science:
Year 10 Science builds upon the knowledge gained in Year 9, whilst preparing students for NCEA Science. The topics covered in year 10 are, Just Elemental, Human Biology, Basic Mechanics, Earth Science, Genetics and Practical Investigations.
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