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The Science Faculty at James Fallon High School delivers the Science syllabus in a way that allows students to develop as independent learners in a rich and dynamic context with excellent facilities.


WHY LEARN SCIENCE?

The question often asked is why do we have to do Science? Science is studied so that students can:

  • Understand the world around us
  • Understand the role of Science in our society
  • Develop skills of planning and conducting investigations, gathering information and evaluating their findings
  • Act responsibly when using scientific equipment and applying scientific knowledge.
From their experiences in Science, students:
  • Predict, analyse, test, evaluate and respond to ideas to confirm, challenge or modify their interpretations
  • Have opportunities to learn through talking, listening, reading, viewing, drawing, making, enacting, experimenting and modelling


STAGES 4 & 5 (YEARS 7 TO 10) 

The study of Science in Stages 4 and 5 develops students’ scientific knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes within broad areas of Science that encompass the traditional disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and the Earth Sciences.

As well as acquiring scientific knowledge and skills, students apply their understanding to everyday life and develop an appreciation of Science as a human activity.

Science08Students learn about the need to conserve, protect and maintain the environment, the use and importance of technology in advancing Science and the role of Science in developing technology.

Students also develop an appreciation of, and skills in, selecting and using resources and systems to solve problems.

A mandatory component of the Science course includes the completion of a Student Research Project (SRP) in both Stage 4 and Stage 5:

  • Stage 4 SRP – a model illustrating a scientific principal, completed in Year 8. To have a look at examples of models submitted in recent years, click on the link: Year 8 Student Research Projects
  • Stage 5 SRP – an investigation/experiment to test an hypothesis. This SRP must be the student's own design and is to be completed in Year 9.


STAGE 6 SCIENCE COURSES (YEARS 11 & 12)

The Science courses offered in Stage 6 recognise that students may take different pathways beyond Stage 6; some continue with further study in Science, some continue with further study in other areas and others move on to the workforce.

The Science courses offered in Stage 6 include Physics, Chemistry, Biology, as well as an integrated Science course (Senior Science). The syllabus for each of these subject areas can be found at the Board of Studies website – click on the following link – Board of Studies
 
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There are hundreds of great sites with Science news, animations & games. Try some of the following:

General Science Links


ABC Science

For the latest news in Science
ExploreAndEducate
CSIRO site for Young Scientists
Smartmoves
Questacon's site with Science news, games and lots more
Interactives
Find info on your favourite topic in Science (and other subjects)
Kidnetic
A site full of original games, challenges and quizzes.



Physics Links


Einsteinlight
Simple explanations and animations in Physics
Physics.org
This site is full of clear explanations, animations and links



Astronomy Links


Hubble Satellite
All the Hubble news and pictures
Space Science
Interactive Space games
What's the Difference
Interesting space facts from NASA
NASA for Students
More interesting space news



Biology Links


Virtual Body
Take a guided tour through the body's organ systems
Anatomia

Parts of the human body explored as interactive labelling activities
Cells Alive
This site includes explanations, animations, videos & study tools
DNA Information
A site with information about all aspects of Genetics
Mammals Challenges
Interactive survival games for mammals
Cool Science for Curious Kids
Invites curious kids to explore biology



Geology Links


Savage Earth
This site explores tsunamis, earthquakes & volcanoes
Volcano World
For those who are volcano fans



Chemistry Links


The Dynamic Periodic Table
An interactive Periodic Table with lots of useful information
Visual Elements

A visual look at the Periodic Table
Chem4kids
The basics of Chemistry and online quizzes



Dinosaur Link


Prehistoric Life
Information about dinosaurs, fossils and prehistoric life



DIY Science Links


DIY Science from CSIRO
Lots of great experiments and activities to try
Makezine
A fantastic website devoted to DIY technology projects



Environment Links

Greenhouse Calculator
Calculate how many Greenhouse gas emissions you produce
WWF for Kids
World Wildlife Fund site with information, games and more
Planet Diary
The Earth's latest environmental news
Recycle City
Tour Dumptown to see how the residents are reducing waste
Wild Kids
Learn about Australian ecosystems



Technology Link


HowStuffWorks
Explains how just about everything works



Fun Stuff


Try Science
Find out how interesting Science & Technology can be
Science Bob
Bob answers questions about lots of Science topics
Questionaut
    
A great animated adventure game to test your Science & Maths skills
London Science Museum
Find a game for every branch of Science
 
 
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