Science

Welcome to the Science faculty.

What is Science?

Science is a way of investigating, understanding and explaining our natural, physical world and the wider universe. Scientific knowledge builds on previous ideas and innovations and is continually being updated and expanded as new evidence comes to hand. Scientists interact with each other and the wider world as they try to validate new explanations.

At Glendowie College, we teach our students using scientific investigation, which involves generating and testing ideas, gathering evidence in order to develop scientific knowledge. We encourage our students to test ideas and build on their own experiences, which fosters curiosity and critical thinking. Students are expected to work in groups, as well as independently, which promotes collaboration and builds links between many different cultures and communities. Our students are taught to think creatively and learn to shift their perspective as they view problems differently and adapt to change – these are all very important skills to have in the twenty first century. 

Why study science?

Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the world around them – many of the major challenges that confront our world today need to be approached from a scientific perspective. By helping students to investigate the world in scientific ways, generating and testing questions, gathering evidence and then using theory to explain their conclusions, they learn how to problem solve and this can be transferred into many other areas of life. They learn to think critically about information that they are faced with, which is essential in today’s world where they have access to all kinds of material at their “finger-tips”. 

Course Information

The year 9 Science course is made up of the following Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy units.

  • Getting Started
  • Life
  • Particles
  • Plants
  • Astronomy
  • Forces

Assessment

At the end of each unit there is a unit test - these tests will be used for reporting purposes and for students to know how well they are doing. They will be marked using NCEA grades. At the end of the year students sit a two hour exam which will cover all of the content in the course.

Events

In the Astronomy unit all students visit the Stardome.  There are two dissections – one of an eye and one of a rat.  More able students and those who want to, may sit the Australasian Science Competition.

Year 10 Science    (10SCI)

The course will advance learning in science by:

  • Helping students to understand the living, material, physical worlds and some aspects of technology
  • Helping students to investigate their  world in scientific ways
  • Providing opportunities for students to develop the attitudes on which scientific investigation depends
  • Helping students to realise that science is an essential part of their own and everyone's everyday world
  • Developing the view of science as both a process and a set of ideas which have been constructed by people to explain both every day and unfamiliar phenomena
  • Encouraging students to consider the ways in which people have used science and technology to meet every day needs, to consider issues rationally, and to make decisions about the usefulness and worth of ideas
  • Nurturing scientific talent to ensure that people of the community are more scientific
  • Developing students' interest in understanding of the knowledge and processes of science which form the basis of many of their future careers

The course consists of 8 modules including:

  • Acids and bases
  • Family traits
  • Electricity
  • Fit and well
  • Our local landscape
  • Force and motion
  • Metals
  • Research assignment

An essential and compulsory part of the course will be the requirement of all year 10 students to undertake a full practical investigation and to present a scientific report of their investigation.

Students will experience a variety of assessments using oral, written, pictorial, and practical methods.  Initial assessments will provide diagnosis of student needs, formative assessments will signpost the development of science investigative and essential learning skills.  Included in the summative assessments will be the NCEA Level 1 S1.2 Achievement Standard “Research, with direction, how science and technology are related”.

 

Year 11 Specialist Science    (11SCS)

This course will advance learning in science by:

  • Helping students understand their living, material, physical worlds and the wider environment, aspects of technology
  • Helping students to investigate their world in scientific ways
  • Providing opportunities for students to develop the attitudes on which scientific investigation depends
  • Helping students to realise that science is an essential part of their own and everyone's everyday world
  • Developing the view of Science as both a process and a set of ideas which have been constructed by everyday people to explain both every day and unfamiliar phenomena
  • Encouraging students to consider the ways in which people have used science and technology to meet every day needs, to consider issues rationally, and to make decisions about the usefulness and worth of ideas
  • Nurturing scientific talent to ensure that people of the community are more scientific
  • Developing students' interest in understanding of the knowledge and processes of science which form the basis of many of their future careers.

 The course will consist of modules that will develop the student's ability to:

  • Process and interpret and communicate scientific information
  • Communicate scientific information
  • Use scientific knowledge and understanding to describe and/or explain phenomena in the following contexts:
    • Genetics  
    • Acids and bases  
    • Mechanics  
    • Carbon chemistry
    • Electricity and magnetism

Part of this course will be completed online so students will be expected to bring a device to school and there will be a cost to register with the online provider.  

Students study five topics (standards) that count for 20 credits towards Level 1 NCEA.

External Standards (Exams)

  • 90940  (S1.1)  Demonstrate understanding of aspects of mechanics  (4 credits)
  • 90944  (S1.5)  Demonstrate an understanding of chemical ideas relating to acids and bases  (4 credits)
  • 90948  (S1.9)  Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation  (4 credits)
  • 90937  (P1.3)  Demonstrate understanding of aspects of electricity and magnetism  (4 credits)
  • 90930  (C1.1)  Carry out a practical chemistry investigation, with direction  (4 credits)

 

Year 11 Integrated Science    (11SCI)

This course will advance learning in science by:

  • Helping students understand their living, material, physical worlds and the wider environment, aspects of technology
  • Helping students to investigate their world in scientific ways
  • Providing opportunities for students to develop the attitudes on which scientific investigation depends
  • Helping students to realise that Science is an essential part of their own and everyone's everyday world
  • Developing the view of Science as both a process and a set of ideas which have been constructed by everyday people to explain both everyday and unfamiliar phenomena
  • Encouraging students to consider the ways in which people have used science and technology to meet everyday needs, to consider issues rationally, and to make decisions about the usefulness and worth of ideas
  • Nurturing scientific talent to ensure that people of the community are more scientific
  • Developing students' interest in understanding of the knowledge and processes of science which form the basis of many of their future careers.

The year 11 integrated science course comprises of the following modules:

  • Acids and bases                          
  • Energy                                                    
  • Genetics 
  • Carbon cycle                                         
  • Force and motion                                   
  • Fuels

Students study five topics (standards) that count for 20 credits towards Level 1 NCEA.

Internal Standards (Assignments)

  • 90930  (C1.1)  Carry out a practical chemistry investigation, with direction  (4 credits)
  • 90953  (1.4)  Demonstrate understanding of carbon cycling  (4 credits)

External Standards (Exams)

  • 90940  (1.1)  Demonstrate understanding of aspects of mechanics  (4 credits)
  • 90944  (1.5)  Demonstrate an understanding of chemical ideas relating to acids and bases  (4 credits)
  • 90948  (1.9)  Describe understanding of genetic variation  (4 credits)                              

 

Year 11 NZASE Science    (11SCA)

The New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE) offers students an alternative year 11 programme based on NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standards. Students obtain recognition through these standards.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Metals
  • Earth Science
  • Microbiology
  • Heat energy

Students study four topics (standards) that count for 16 credits towards Level 1 NCEA.

Internal Standards (Assignments)

  • 90943  S1.4  Investigate the implication of heat in everyday life  (4 credits)
  • 90946  S1.7  Investigate the implications of the properties of metals to their use in society  (4 credits)
  • 90950  S1.11  Investigate interactions between humans and micro-organisms  (4 credits)
  • 90955  S1.16  Investigate an astronomical or Earth Science event.  This will be based around the Christchurch earthquake  (4 credits)

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