Science

We are all curious about the world we live in, wonder why it is that way, and ask about our place in it. The goal for science at Yarra Hills is to stimulate that curiosity, wonder and questioning.

Our world is faced by many challenges and it is important that our students understand those challenges, how science is changing to meet them and how this will impact on our lives.

A major goal of our science program is to develop scientifically literate citizens who are capable of taking part in intelligent debate about science and its use in our world.

Our topics inspired by the National Curriculum span areas of biology, chemistry, physics, earth and space science, environmental science, health sciences, neuroscience, psychology (VCE only), and genetics.

The science classroom can be a hazardous place so there is a major focus on working safely.

Our units involve real, hands-on science such as; Animal investigations using a range of animals owned by the college and cared for by the students, field-work and relevant and engaging excursions, original research and experimental design – all supported by the use of the latest technologies to help students investigate, analyse and report.

Years 7 & 8

  • 2 lessons per week

Topics:

Laboratory safety, elements, mixtures & compounds, states of matter, chemical and physical change, gravity, plate tectonics, rocks, simple machines, water cycle, forces and motion, energy, renewable & non renewable resources, cells, body systems, reproduction, ecology &classification.

Excursions:

The Melbourne Zoo & Museum Human Body Exhibit

Years 9 & 10

  • 2 lessons per week

Topics – Yr 9:

Body systems, energy, atoms, periodic table, radiation, chemical reactions, conservation of mass, photosynthesis and cellular respiration, experimental design

Excursions:

Quantum – 3D Printing and Forensic Science & Space Centre – Mission to Mars

Yr 10 four full term topics:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics – Motion and Energy
  • Biology – Genetics & Evolution
  • Experimental design

VCE – Years 11 & 12

  • 6-7 lessons per fortnight

The junior science curriculum provides an excellent scaffold into Units 1 & 2 and 3 & 4:

Yarra Hills SC currently offers VCE Science studies in the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Accelerated studies for some VCE science subjects is available for Yr 10 students who meet the criteria.