Science provides a practical way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world. Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills (Biological, Chemical, Earth and Space and Physical sciences) to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.
The science curriculum promotes six overarching ideas that highlight certain common approaches to a scientific view of the world and which can be applied to many of the areas of science understanding. These overarching ideas are patterns, order and organisation; form and function; stability and change; systems; scale and measurement; and matter and energy.
At St Francis Xavier we aim to ensure that students develop:
An interest in science as a means of expanding their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about andspeculate on the changing world in which they live
An understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and the ability to use a range of scientific inquiry methods
An ability to communicate scientific understanding and findings to a range of audiences, to justify ideas on the basis of evidence, and to evaluate and debate scientific arguments and claims
An ability to solve problems and make informed, evidence-based decisions about current and future applications of science
An understanding of historical and cultural contributions to science as well as contemporary science issues and activities and an understanding of the diversity of careers related to science
A solid foundation of knowledge of the biological, chemical, physical, Earth and space sciences, including being able to select and integrate the scientific knowledge and methods needed to explain and predict phenomena, to apply that understanding to new situations and events, and to appreciate the dynamic nature of science knowledge.