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Science

Why study Science?

Science reveals the handiwork of God. Scientific knowledge isn't something intended only for the studious few. Everyone of us - whether an artist, plumber or nuclear physicist - has to be able to think scientifically as our lives are daily affected by scientific processes.  Every day we face decisions that hinge on science, such as forces of movement, what type of food to eat, how will our environment affect us etc. Even for decisions that don't depend on specific scientific facts, science remains the proven set of best methods for acquiring accurate information about the world.

YEAR 9

At this level, science is divided into 3 scientific disciplines of study: biology, chemistry and physics.  These topics are introduced as separate areas of study and developed via experiments, multi media presentations and homework assignments.  The students are assessed by internal exams and assignments to ascertain their levels of skill and understanding.  The course covers the basic elements of these areas of study and introduces the students to the lab equipment, terminology and building blocks of scientific knowledge that will be built upon in Year 10 and further developed depending on their chosen course of study.



YEAR 10

As for Year 10 this subject is also divided into the 3 scientific disciplines: biology, chemistry and physics. Continuing on from Year 9 and utilising experiments, multi media presentations and practical assignments, these areas of scientific study are further developed and investigated.  Assessment is via internal exams and assignments during each term, to ascertain each student’s level of skill and understanding. 

SCIENCE PRACTICAL LESSON-2014
Year 10 and Year 13 Physics class enjoying the Van de Graaff generator that makes static electricity.




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YEAR 11

NCEA Level 1 Science is a mixture of Internal and External assessments.The internal assessment is done at school. The student's sit the Mid-Year Examination and the Year End Examination whereby they are assessed on the Achievement Standards.This gives the students' a good practise for the upcoming NCEA Examination. 


Course Outline
 
AS Title Content

Assessment

Number of Credits
AS
1.10B
90949
Investigate biological ideas relating to interactions between humans and micro organisms. PRACTICAL INVESTIGATION –culturing bacteria and fungi on agar plates. Internal  4
 
 
AS
1.4
90943
Investigate implications of heat for
everyday life.
 
RESEARCH ASSESSMENT Internal 4
 
 
 
 
AS
1.1
90940
Demonstrate understanding of aspects of mechanics Measurement, Distance/Time/Speed, GRAPHS-distance/ time, acceleration- speed/time, speed/time, FORCE-action and reaction, force/mass/acceleration, Mass/Weight/Gravity/Friction, Forces and Pressure, ENERGY-Kinetic/Gravitational Potential, Work and Power.              External 4
AS
1.5
90944
Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases Particles, EC, Periodic Table, Ions, Grouping Elements, Compounds, Ionic Comp, Chemical Equations, Acids and Bases, Indicators, pH, neutralisation, Metals and Dilute Acids, Oxides, Acid Rain, External 4
AS
1.9
90948
Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation
 
Cells and Chromosomes, DNA, Cell Division, Reproduction, Variations and Natural Selection, Basic Genetics, Cloning and Breeding External 4
Total Credits 20

This course is based on Science in New Zealand Curriculum Document and is structured around 5 units of work (two internals and three externals) offering a total of 20 credits.


INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

For our Internal Assessments we study-
  • the impact of heat in our daily lives
  • comparing different cooling methods in animals(panting/wallowing in mud)
  • Fish Head for Gas Exchange and Mammal Bones for Support and Movement  in Humans. We dissect snapper heads to observe the gill structure and study in detail the surface area of the lamellae and the absorption of oxygen through the process of counter-current. Also we study the environmental factors that can effect the bones in humans (aging, osteoporosis, deficiency etc.)
SCIENCE PRACTICAL LESSON-2016

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SCIENCE PRACTICAL LESSON-2014

Year 11 Science- Looking at the various aspects of Mechanics through practical investigations

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Class Presentation- Each group presented their findings to the class
   


 

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