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Science Classroom Expectation Year 9 2013
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Year 9 Course Outline 2015

 



Students in this course are following the aims and the level 4 and 5 objectives of Science in the New Zealand Curriculum.  The study of Science encourages students to investigate the world around them and to try to understand their place in it. 
COURSE OF STUDY 
At this level a number of topics are studied which have particular links with the curriculum.  All year nine students study these topics but in varying order.  All topics lend themselves to practical work of some description.

Topic

Curriculum Link

Summary

Introduction

Living World, Material World, Physical World

A brief introduction to Science, some essentials skills and knowledge.

Energy

Physical World

How energy is cycled through our environment, its forms, its uses, and how to measure it

Ecology and Plants

Living World

Classifying living things, using microscopes, how living things are suited to where they live and how they interact.
The structure function of the various parts of plants, their uses, special features and their role in the environment

Matter

Chemical World

The materials around us and their properties as a result of the behaviour of the particles they are made of.

Light and Sound

Physical World

Light  and Sound as forms of energy, how they behave.  Lenses, rainbows, the eye, hearing, volume, pitch, the ear.

Nutrition and Digestion

Living World

How we identify, obtain, and use our food in our bodies.  The nutrients in food and their importance to our nutrition.

Physical and Chemical change

Chemical World

Substances, and their physical and chemical properties as a result of their structure.

Astronomy

Planet Earth and Beyond

The Earth, Solar System and the Universe beyond and the relationships between them all.

 ESSENTIAL SCIENTIFIC SKILLS

The three essential Scientific skills of Graphing information, Interpretation of information and the Planning of successful fair scientific tests are included in the context of each topic.  These skills will be assessed throughout the year and your progress recorded in your Mid-year and End-of-year reports.

PRACTICAL WORK

During each topic practical work appropriate to the subject and topic is done, as much as possible, to encourage all students to become skilful in the use of all scientific equipment.

HOMEWORK

Homework will be set regularly and may be in the form of sheets, a write on homework book, completion of the day’s activities, or project work.  Completion by the due date is important and will be recorded in your Reports.  Non-completion of homework may attract some consequences in the student’s own time.

ASSESSMENT

At the end of each topic a test will be given that will test knowledge recall, the application of learned concepts and progress made in the three basic skills of Science.  The tests will be of NCEA style and will require the student to do some revision of the topic before hand.

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

Each topic will include activities designed to promote problem solving, research skills, fair testing and higher thinking skills in science. 

We hope you make the most of your learning in Science and have an enjoyable and successful year.  If you have any questions or concerns, please see your Science teacher.