In years 9 and 10 we aim to spark curiosity and make Science as hands-on as possible. We are integrating digital technologies into our curriculum to enhance their experience of Science and provide opportunities for a wide range of learning styles and preferences. The curriculum is designed to help students make sense of the world around them, studying a broad range of theme-based topics which integrate the four Science learning areas. Topics include Sports Science, Elements of Papatuanuku, The land of the Kiwi and many more. We also encourage learning outside the classroom with field trips allowing students to see Science in action.
Level 1 Science
Many careers require an understanding of Science. There are two options for Level 1 Science; Applied Science and General Science. The Applied Science course is an internal-only course that is suited for those who wish to carry on Science into year 11 but do not wish to specialise into the Sciences beyond Level 1. The General Science course is a mixture of internal and external assessments which provide the foundation for specialising into specific Science areas at Level 2. Both courses build on the content the students have been exposed to during their Year 9 and 10 courses and provides students with a background in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science and Physics.
Biology is the science of life. Biologists study the structure, function, growth, changes and distribution of living organisms. Biology is a challenging subject that aims to develop a wide range of skills, ranging from practical and investigative skills to those associated with research and understanding of biological ideas. It also places Biology into the context of the local and wider community. Independent learning is encouraged and a primary aim is to stimulate a continuing interest in Biology.
Many careers rely on students having a sound knowledge of the sciences. Level 2 Chemistry develops on the principles introduced at Level 1. Students will explore concepts such as Organic Chemistry, Reactivity and Atomic Structure. There are also opportunities for students to learn important practical skills that every future chemist should have.
Earth and Space Science
Earth and Space Science is a relatively new branch of Science, exploring the interconnected nature of planet Earth and beyond. At Level 2, for external assessments, students study the causes of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunami, integrating chemistry and physics concepts; and the life cycle of stars and planets in our universe. At Level 3, for external assessments, students study the oceans and atmosphere and how they are interacting and changing as a result of global warming. Earth and Space Science is a good way to see some of the challenging Science concepts in an everyday setting.
Earth and Space Science is a full course at Level 2 and 3 and Level 3 is UE approved. The subject is challenging and aims to develop a wide range of skills, ranging from practical and investigative skills to those associated with research and understanding of ideas. Regular revision of concepts and tutorials are vital. Students with a keen interest are encouraged to take Earth and Space Science.
The Level 2 course expands on the principles and ideas that are introduced in Junior Science with the emphasis on mechanics, wave behaviour and electricity and electromagnetism. The practical component is developed throughout the year and is a vital part of developing sound scientific technique. This course develops an understanding of the basic ideas and concepts in Physics which is vital for those carrying on to the Level 3 course. For those not continuing, the level of achievement is a good foundation for related careers.
Courses in this Learning Area
Medicine, Nursing Technician, Technologist, Teaching, Marine Biologist, Zoologist, Veterinarian/Vet, Nurse, Pharmacist, Bio-Chemist, Industrial Chemist, Forensic Scientist, Engineer, Pilot, Medicine, Physicist, Meteorology, Geophysics, Astronomy, Medical Radiation Technician, Tree Surgeon, Nursery Production Manager, Packhouse Supervisor, Orchard Grower, Town Planner, Demographer, Tourist Operator, Tourism Industry, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Meteorologist, Policy Analyst, Resource Management, Diplomat, Sociologist, Archivist, Film maker, Lawyer, Historian, Social Work, Geologist,