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. Students in Challenge and Level 1 classes are provided with opportunities for enriched learning in order to prepare them to successfully study science at college. Students in Level 2 and 3 classes are equipped with the required understanding and skills to enter apprenticeships as well as for everyday living.

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.

Senior Years Highlights

In Year 9, students are building on the knowledge and skills obtained in Years 7 and 8, and are able to make links between their learning in Science to other subjects and real-world applications.
In Year 10, many students are obtaining their L-plates and hitting the road. We study motion and energy as it relates to driving, car and road safety features, and collisions. Students also look at how our understanding of complex ideas such as the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Evolution has been achieved by the contributions of many scientists.

Science Topics

Year 9

  • Chemical Reactions
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Energy on the Move
  • Ecosystems and Change

Year 10

  • Car and Road Safety
  • Genetics
  • A Close Look at Carbon
  • Big Ideas

Interested Year 9 and 10 students have the 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.