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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.

Students are placed into classes that are formed to cater for individual student ability levels. These ability groupings allow for extension work and additional assistance, as required. All classes of the same year level study the same curriculum. This curriculum is aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Extension opportunities are made available to all students, through class tasks, excursions and competitions. Students that are part of the Gifted and Talented Program, INSPIRE, will have an additional opportunity to develop an individual long-term experimental scientific project during Semester Two. These projects are then displayed at the annual Showcase event.

The Topics Covered in Each Year Are as Follows:

Year 7:

  • Introduction to Science
  • Mixtures and Separation Techniques
  • Forces and Simple Machines
  • Resources and Phenomena of Earth
  • 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
  • Energy Transfer

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