Wagga Wagga High School

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Science

Science is mandatory for all students from Year 7 to Year 10.

Science 7-10 provides a way of inquiring about the world around us. It explores evidence and investigates ways to discover, develop and produce solutions to real-world problems. Science emphasises the skills for working scientifically, as well as critical and creative thinking to address scientific issues.

In Years 11 and 12, students can choose from different science disciplines, including:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Investigating Science
  • Physics.

In Year 12, students who are studying at least one other science subject may also choose to study Science Extension.

Science Year 7/8

Science and its applications have a significant effect on individuals and society as a whole. To be successful as 21st Century learner and cope with technological change, individuals need to develop scientific skills and understanding. The aim of the course is to provide students with experiences in science which will contribute to their overall development.  Junior Science is a multi-strand course which means that traditional subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geology are studied as interrelated disciplines.  (The environment we live in does not present information as separate disciplines).

In Years 7 and 8 (called Stage 4), students are assessed within their classes and across their forms by common topic tests and end of year exams.  Validation of Assessment 4 Learning and Individual Development (VALID) is a task which will be completed on-line. Students receive a Stage 4 Certificate at the end of Year 8 for completing all course requirements.

Science Year 9/10

The Stage 5 Science course builds on the concepts and language taught in Years 7 and 8. Students will be asked to become involved in, and ask questions about, simple and complex systems that lead to a greater understanding of how our world works. They will be introduced to the development of technologies to investigate problems. Concepts that they will study include: heredity, inertia, gravity, plate tectonics, evolution, chemistry, light, electricity and communication.

As well as undertaking practical experiences conducted in class time students are to undertake a variety of research projects and hands-on practical investigations at home called ‘student research projects'.

In Year 9, students are assessed within their classes and across their Year group by common topic tests and end of year exams. Year 10 has a formal assessment procedure involving a number of across the form tasks.

Science Year 11/12

Biology

Biology is the study living organisms and their interactions with the environment.

The Preliminary course incorporates the study of how living things function, the environment they live in, as well as the evolution of life on Earth and specifically in Australia.

The HSC course builds upon the Preliminary course. We study how plants and animals maintain their internal environment and observe how inherited features are passed on from parents to offspring.

The Preliminary and HSC courses involve a range of practical activities and field work. Students develop a range of skills which can be applied to a number of occupations or university study.

Students can elect to drop a science course and study Senior Science in Year 12.

Areas of study in the Preliminary Course are:

  • A Local Ecosystem                       
  • Patterns in Nature
  • Life on Earth
  • Evolution of Australian Biota

Areas of study in the HSC Course are:    

Core Topics 

  • Maintaining a Balance
  • Blueprint of Life
  • The Search for Better Health

Option topics

  • Communication
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics: The Code Broken?           
  • The Human Story
  • Biochemistry

Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of the physical and chemical properties of substances and how they interact with each other. Each area of Chemistry studied in the Preliminary and HSC courses relates substances and chemical reactions to the environment around us and things we use every day.

The Preliminary course develops a knowledge of chemical reactions and why they occur, Earth resources including water and metals, as well as carbon compounds.

The HSC course builds on the concepts developed in the Preliminary course. We look at the search for alternatives to fossil fuels, the detection and monitoring of substances in the environment, and creating new substances through chemical reactions.

The Preliminary and HSC courses include a wide range of practical activities involving chemical reactions and observing how different substances behave. Students will learn about chemical safety and will develop a range of skills which will be useful in the workforce or university study.

Students can elect to drop a science course and study Senior Science in Year 12.

Areas of study in the Preliminary Course are:

  • The Chemical Earth
  • Metals 
  • Water 
  • Energy

Areas of study in the HSC Course are:

Core Topics

  • Resources and Materials
  • The Acidic Environment
  • Chemical Monitoring and Management

Option topics

  • Industrial Chemistry
  • The Biochemistry of Movement
  • Shipwrecks and Salvage
  • The Chemistry of Art
  • Forensic Chemistry

Earth and Environmental Science

Earth and Environmental Science is the study of the planet Earth, how Geology, Biology and Chemistry are linked in the environment.

The Preliminary course develops a knowledge of the physical and chemical features of the environment, the available resources and human impact on Australian environment. The local environment is studied with a focus on human impacts.

The HSC course builds upon the Preliminary course. It examines the geological, physical and chemical evidence related to the evolution of Australia over time, current pressures and the effects on the Australian environment, and the indicators of environmental ill-health. The options cover a wide variety of interest areas and draw on increased information and understanding provided by improved technology to examine areas of current research.

Students can elect to drop a science course and study Senior Science in year 12.

Areas of study in the Preliminary Course are:

  • Planet Earth and Environment – a five thousand million year journey
  • The Local Environment
  • Water Issues
  • Dynamic Earth

Areas of study in the HSC Course are:

Core Topics

  • Tectonic impacts
  • Environments through time
  • Caring for the country

Option topics

  • Organic Geology – a non-renewable resource
  • Mining and the Australian environment
  • Introduced Species and the Australian environment
  • Oceanography

Physics

Physics investigates natural phenomena and identifies patterns and applies in a wide range of interesting contexts, models, principles and laws to explain their behaviour.

The Preliminary course develops a knowledge of waves, motion, forces, fields, electricity and magnetism by relating to our use of communications, electricity in the home, car crashes and how conditions on Earth are maintained.

The HSC course builds on the concepts of the Preliminary course by expanding on areas such as relativity, the motor effect and solid state physics, by focusing on space flight, motors and generators and the scientific advances involved in the development of semi-conductors and electronics.

The study of Physics forms a strong basis for further study in a variety of fields.

Students can elect to drop a science course and study Senior Science in year 12.

Areas of study in the Preliminary Course are:

  • The World Communicates
  • Electrical Energy in the Home
  • Moving About
  • The Cosmic Engine

Areas of study in the HSC Course are:

Core Topics

  • Space
  • Motors and Generators
  • From Ideas to Implementation

Option topics

  • Geophysics
  • Medical Physics
  • Astrophysics
  • From Quantum to Quarks                         
  • The Age of Silicon

Senior Science

Senior Science involves studies in Biology, Chemistry and Physics with real life applications.
The Preliminary course incorporates study of Australian plants and waterways, human anatomy and protection of the body in the workplace and the interactions between organisms in local ecosystems.
The HSC course examines the range of chemicals used by people such as medications and solvents. Medical imaging technologies and replacement body parts are investigated as are communication technologies. The options are wide ranging and enable students to study an area of particular interest to them.

The Senior Science course emphasises skill development and is particularly suited to students who have achieved Elementary to Substantial Achievement in the School Certificate in Science.  In the HSC study pattern, students who have completed the Preliminary course in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environment Science or Physics and who discontinue that course may replace it with the HSC course in Senior Science.  These students may study HSC Senior Science in combination with the HSC course in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science or Physics.

Areas of study in the Preliminary Course are:

  • Water for Living
  • Plants
  • Humans at Work
  • The Local Environment

Areas of study in the HSC Course are:

Core Topics

  • Lifestyle Chemistry
  • Medical Technology – Bionics
  • Information Systems

Option topics

  • Preservatives and Additives
  • Polymers
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Space Science                                      
  • Disasters