Our Science

Science is the study of the world and the universe around us. We encounter scientific knowledge every day; when we watch television or ride a bike we are using the products of scientific discovery. An ability to think in a scientific way allows us to make informed decisions. This may be simply to question the claims of advertisers or to make up our own mind on complex issues such as climate change. Our Science program at Caroline Chisholm School makes science interesting and relevant to all students. In Middle Years, streamed classes provide opportunities for learning that is appropriate for the student's ability.

The Science Curriculum

The Science curriculum at Caroline Chisholm School is aligned with the Australian Curriculum, which comprises of three interrelated streams that are taught in an integrated way: Science Understanding, Science Inquiry Skills and Science as a Human Endeavour.

Middle Years Highlights

In Year 7, students are introduced to the high school science laboratory, and the excitement of using the Bunsen burner! The focus is on the development of skills in order to complete experiments and research scientific information. Highlights of Year 8 include the design and construction of a solar oven, with the best designs competing at the Lake Ginninderra College Solar Oven Challenge.

Science Topics

Year 7
  • Enough Water Fit for Drinking
  • Our Place in Space
  • Forces and Simple Machines
  • Circle of Life
Year 8
  • Stuff that Matters
  • Rocks, Minerals and Resources
  • Cells and Multicellular Organisms
  • Energy

Science Opportunities

From 2015, interested Year 7 and 8 students will have an opportunity to participate in Ignite Science, which provides scope for students to further develop their Science knowledge and skills by providing them with a more challenging learning program and access to enrichment opportunities. Caroline Chisholm School encourages all Ignite and Challenge students to participate in the Rio Tinto Big Science Competition, as well as a number of other competitions and workshops that are advertised throughout the year.