9 Science

Although next year timetables are yet to be finalised, course selection is now finished. Any changes to student courses will now take place in January.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms E. Cotton

Year 9 Science starts to build the knowledge and skills that students will need to develop to understand and participate in a world that increasingly uses Science and Technology. These skills will provide opportunities to work towards a variety of career choices in a large range of interesting fields.

Topics Studied:

  • LIVING WORLD (Biology): Cells and Microscopes, Animal diversity
  • MATERIAL WORLD (Chemistry): Nature of Matter, Stranded on an Island
  • PHYSICAL WORLD (Physics): Energy, Light and Sight
  • PLANET EARTH AND BEYOND (Astronomy): What is happening to the Earth in space? What’s out there in space?

Course Objectives:
Students in Year 9 will:

  • gain confidence and a sense of belonging in Science
  • begin to develop self-management skills
  • start to build a base of science knowledge and skills
  • begin to develop research, investigative and thinking skills using scientific and evidence based approaches
  • develop ways of working collaboratively with others by adopting different roles
  • explore different ways of communicating.

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

Science teacher may recommend that students purchase Education Perfect for Science - the cost is approximately $20.

Students may have the opportunity to participate in an end of year trip. If this goes ahead it would have a cost of approximately $30.

Assessment Information

Students will have common assessment tasks in the form of tests for at least one Living World, Material World and Physical World topic. Students may also be given assignments/projects as end of topic assessments.

Assessments in year 9 Science cover concepts from Level 4 of the Science Curriculum.


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We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.