Year 7 – Transition Science

At the start of Year 7, all students will be given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with a scientific laboratory and how to effectively use it as a learning space. This is an essential starting point as, for many students, this will be their first time in a science laboratory. Over the course of a number of weeks, students will have extensive practical sessions so they can be trained to;

• understand the general safety protocols and procedures in place in a laboratory
• recognise and report safety concerns
• identify the locations of safety equipment & switches in their usual laboratory
• identify and understand the use of specific scientific equipment
• set up and use equipment in a safe and responsible manner including the use of Bunsen burners
• properly use scientific terminology in order to explain their observations and understandings
• dismantle and pack away equipment safely and responsibly
• safely dispose of waste products

Year 7 Biological Sciences

In Biological Sciences, Year 7 students will develop an understanding of the role classification plays in our daily lives and how important it is in Science. Students will become familiar with the classification hierarchy and how it is used to help us arrange living things in an organised way. Students will practice naming living things following proper scientific guidelines, which includes using the organism’s genus and species names. Students will then study the interrelatedness of all living things with each other and with their non-living environment, especially in terms of food chains and webs. Given how delicate these relationships are, students will investigate how various human activities can negatively impact the delicate balance in nature. Throughout this unit, students will continue to develop their Science Inquiry Skills and understand how Science plays a role in real life, as part of Science as a Human Endeavour

Year 7 Chemical Sciences

In Chemical Sciences, Year 7 students will begin to develop a deeper understanding of how substances exist in nature, including their state of matter as well as whether they are pure substances or not. Students will investigate various mixtures and how the components of these mixtures can be separated by physical means. Students will need to develop their scientific terminology in order to properly describe the various mixtures they create, observe and separate. Students will continue to practice their inquiry skills throughout this unit by conducting various practical’s which also provides the opportunity for students to hone their practical skills.

Year 7 Earth & Space Sciences

For the Earth and Space unit, students will investigate various celestial events and be able to explain and predict what will happen in scenarios relating to eclipses, tidal movements, the rotation and revolution of planets and lunar phases. Students will also be introduced to what a resource is and the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources that exist on Earth. The importance of water and the cycling of water in our environment will be investigated as well as our use and management of our water resources in order to meet our needs now and in the future in a changing world.

Year 7 Physical Sciences

Physical Science is designed to introduce students to the forces at work in the world around us. Forces exert an influence on surrounding objects and students will have the opportunity to investigate forces such as gravity, magnetism and friction, just to name a few. Students will also be able to predict what happens to objects, when forces change from being balanced to unbalanced.