At Red Cliffs Secondary College our science courses provide students with an empirical way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world we live in. The knowledge we aim to instil in students will allow them a reliable basis for action in their personal, social and economic lives. Science at Red Cliffs is dynamic, collaborative and creative and arises from students’ natural desire to make sense of the world through exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems.
- Year 7 to 10 Science
• Science is a compulsory subject at Years 7 to 10.
- • The curriculum has two interrelated strands: Science Understanding and Science Inquiry Skills. Together, the two strands of the science curriculum provide students with understanding, knowledge and skills through which they can develop a scientific view of the world.
- o Science understanding refers to facts, concepts, principles, laws, theories and models that have been established by scientists over time.
- o Science inquiry involves identifying and posing questions, planning, conducting and reflecting on investigations, processing, analysing and interpreting evidence, and communicating findings. This strand is concerned with evaluating claims, investigating ideas, solving problems, drawing valid conclusions and developing evidence-based arguments.
- • The following Year 11 and 12 VCE Science subjects can be chosen by students –
- o Biology
- Biology is the study of living things that live in the many different habitats of our biosphere. It is the study of the dynamic relationships between them and the environment and the processes that maintain life and ensure its continuity.
- o Chemistry
- Chemistry is a key science in explaining the workings of our universe and an understanding of the properties and interactions of substances that make up matter. Chemistry is used to explain natural phenomena at the molecular level as well as create new materials such as medicines and polymers.
- o Physics
- Physics contributes to our understanding of the physical universe from the minute building blocks of matter to the unimaginably broad expanses of the Universe. Knowledge gained through physics has led to innovations in medicine, electronics, energy use, telecommunications and materials science.
- o Psychology
- Psychology is a broad discipline that incorporates both the scientific study of human behaviour through biological, psychological and social perspectives and the systematic application of this knowledge to personal and social circumstances in everyday life.