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Science at Canberra High School

Science is a compulsory subject for all students from Year 7 to Year 10 at Canberra High School. It is an exciting program that has a strong focus on practical skill development.

Year 7 and Year 8 students are placed into classes that are formed to cater for individual student ability levels. These ability groupings allow for extension work in the more advanced classes and additional assistance in classes that require a little extra support. All classes study the same curriculum during Year 7 and Year 8. This curriculum is aligned with the Australian Curriculum.

Year 9 and Year 10 students are placed in streamed classes that will study a differentiated curriculum which has been based on the Australian Curriculum. These classes will be grouped based on student capabilities. Students are placed into these classes on a performance basis and there is the option to move between levels at the end of each semester.

The Topics Covered in Each Year Are as Follows:

Year 7:

  • Introduction to Science
  • Mixtures and Separation Techniques
  • Forces and Simple Machines
  • Earth and Our Solar System
  • Classification and Ecology

Year 8:

  • Reproduction, Growth and Living Things
  • Elements and Compounds
  • The Earth, Rocks and Fossils
  • Energy and Change

Year 9:

  • Coordination of Human Body Systems
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Ecosystems
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Light and Sound

Year 10:

  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Chemistry
  • Energy, Force and Motion
  • Global Systems
  • The Universe

For further information on the curriculum, please look at the Australian Curriculum website at Science / Rationale page