Year 7 Science

Rationale

The Year 7 Science course is designed to enable students to gain a better understanding of God’s Creation and the amazing way in which it works. Students are introduced to models as a means of examining complex concepts, the scientific method as a means of testing ideas and research as a way to build upon the ideas of others. Teamwork and problem solving are encouraged through practical activities in small groups. ICT is used to investigate topics covered in further depth, and to create visual representations of understanding. Drawing skills are practised to depict complex ideas through annotated diagrams. Graphs are drawn as a means of beginning to interpret discrete parts of the huge amounts of data which exist, and how trends in data may impact society, the individual and the environment.

Course Objectives

By the end of Year 7, students describe techniques to separate pure substances from mixtures. They represent and predict the effects of unbalanced forces, including Earth’s gravity, on motion. Students explain how the relative positions of the Earth, sun and moon affect phenomena on Earth. They analyse how the sustainable use of resources depends on the way they are formed and cycle through Earth systems. Students predict the effect of environmental changes on feeding relationships and classify and organise diverse organisms based on observable differences. Students describe situations where scientific knowledge from different science disciplines has been used to solve a real world problem.

Students identify questions that can be investigated scientifically. They plan fair experimental methods, identifying variables to be changed and measured. They select equipment that improves fairness and accuracy and describe how they considered safety. Students draw on evidence to support their conclusions. Students summarise data from different sources, describe trends and refer to the quality of their data when suggesting improvements to their methods. They communicate their ideas, methods and findings using scientific language and appropriate representations.

Content

  • Biological sciences
    • What makes things living?
    • Animals and Plants
    • Classification using keys
    • Ecosystems
    • Food chains and food webs
  •  Chemical sciences
    • Mixtures and solutions
    • Separation techniques
    • Laboratory equipment
  •  Earth and space sciences
    • Our Place in Space
    • Sun, Earth and Moon (eclipses, tides, seasons, day, year)
  •  Physical sciences
    • Simple Machines
    • Forces and their effects
  •  Skills, Processes and Procedures
    • Introduction to Science
    • Working safely in a laboratory
    • Applying the scientific method
    • Graphing skills
    • Research skills
    • Drawing annotated diagrams

Assessment

Assessment tasks for each course include:

  • Practical activities
  • Student investigations and research
  • Topic tests
  • Practical examinations