Science Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum: Science has three interrelated strands: science understanding, science as a human endeavour and science inquiry skills.

Together, the three strands of the science curriculum provide students with understanding, knowledge and skills through which they can develop a scientific view of the world. The science understanding strand comprises four sub-strands: Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences and Physical Sciences. Students explore science, through a clearly described inquiry process and skills are developed though investigations, experiments and research assignments.

At RMSC the three interrelated strands, with a content sub strand, are used as the basis for writing IBMYP units of work. Each unit is structured to explore a statement of inquiry within a global context.

Science as a Human Endeavour is taught throughout the course; students learn about how science thinking has come about, how science concepts are developed, used and influence society. Students explore current theories and use their knowledge to propose solutions to real problems. Throughout the course students will build awareness of how science applications can affect people in different ways.

Robotics and programming is introduced as a practical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) experience of how mathematical, science and technology can be applied in everyday life and continue to shape our world.

IB MYP Assessment Types

A range of assessment tasks provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their learning through research assignments, projects and models, tests, issues analysis, laboratory skills and practical investigations. Some of the assessment tasks will be undertaken in groups to develop teamwork and collaboration skills. Scientific literacy skills are developed through practical reports, extended response questions, essays and research assignments.

Critera

Using knowledge, inquiring and designing, processing and evaluating, reflecting on the impacts of science.