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Science

The aim of the Science Faculty at Jamison High School is to successfully create a learning environment where students use inquiry based learning techniques to develop a deep knowledge and understanding the physical, chemical and biological world around them.

Years 7 – 8 Science (Stage 4)

The Stage 4 Science course has been created so students can:

  • acquire skills to generate solutions to identified problems develop a knowledge and understanding of the nature, development, use and influence of Science\
  • work individually, and with others, to plan and organise activities / investigations
  • develop critical thinking and problem solving skills through hands on experiences

Students will also complete an online, state-wide test called VALID Science 8 (Year 8 students only) where they will be examined on their knowledge and understanding of the Stage 4 Science curriculum. Students are also given opportunities to participate in additional activities such as the ICAS Science Competition and Featherdale Farm.

Elective

Year 8 – 10 Agricultural Technology (Stages 4 and 5)

The Stage 4 Agricultural Technology course has been developed so students can develop their knowledge and understanding of agricultural enterprises and the practices and skills required in producing plant and animal products. Through practical farming techniques at the school farm and second-hand experiences, this course develops skills in the effective management of sustainable production and marketing practices that are environmental and socially responsible. Students are also given opportunities to participate in additional activities such as the JAG Expo and excursions to the Royal Easter Show to further enhance their abilities in this subject area.

Year 9 – 10 Science (Stage 5)

The Stage 5 Science course has been created so students can:

  • apply strategies to produce plausible solutions to identified problems
  • develop a knowledge and understanding of the nature, development, use and influence of Science
  • plan and perform first-hand investigations as an individual and as a team member
  • further develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • provide the foundation for the study of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Senior Science in Years 11 and 12

Students will also complete an online, state-wide test called VALID Science 10 (Year 10 students only) where they will be examined on their knowledge and understanding of the Stage 5 Science curriculum. Students are also given opportunities to participate in additional activities such as the ICAS Science Competition and Luna Park excursion.

Years 11 – 12 Agricultural Technology (Stage 6)

The study of Stage 6 Agriculture provides students with a knowledge and understanding of the production and marketing of both animal and plant products. In addition, students will develop the associated skills and responsible attitudes that are necessary to manage and market these products in a sustainable manner. Students are given opportunities to foster these skills through practical farming techniques at the school farm and field trips to various organisations.

Years 11 – 12 Biology (Stage 6)

The study of Stage 6 Biology provides students with a knowledge of fundamental concepts relating to living things and their environment, the historical developments of these concepts and their application to personal, social, economic, technological and environmental situations. Students are given opportunities to develop their understanding and skills in this course through practical investigations, second-hand experiences and participation in various field trips to Penrith Lakes Environmental Educational Centre, The Museum of Human Disease (UNSW) and Randwick Children’s Hospital.

Years 11 – 12 Chemistry (Stage 6)

The study of Stage 6 Chemistry provides students with a knowledge of fundamental concepts relating to matter and its interactions, the historical development of those concepts and their application to personal, social, economic, technological and environmental situations. Students are given opportunities to develop their understanding and skills in this course through practical investigations, second-hand experiences and participation in various field trips to Western Sydney University (Parramatta) – Chemistry Department.

Years 11 – 12 Earth and Environmental Science (Stage 6)

The study of Stage 6 Earth and Environmental Science provides students with a knowledge of fundamental concepts relating to planet Earth and its environments, the historical development of these concepts and their application to personal, social, economic, technological and environmental situations. Students are given opportunities to develop their understanding and skills in this course through practical investigations, second-hand experiences and participation in field trips run by various organisations such as Penrith Lakes Environmental Educational Centre.

Years 11 – 12 Physics (Stage 6)

The study of Stage 6 Physics provides students with a knowledge of fundamental concepts relating to natural phenomena and their causes, the historical development of these concepts and their application to personal, social, economic, technological and environmental situations. Students are given opportunities to develop their understanding and skills in this course through practical investigations, second-hand experiences and participation in field trips run by various organisations and universities.

Years 11 – 12 Senior Science (Stage 6)

The study of Stage 6 Senior Science provides students with a knowledge of fundamental concepts related to the nature and functioning of physical, chemical, geological and biological systems, the historical development of these concepts and their application in personal, social, economic, technological and environmental situations. Students are given opportunities to develop their understanding and skills in this course through practical investigations, second-hand experiences and participation in various field trips to Penrith Lakes Environmental Educational Centre, The Museum of Human Disease (UNSW) and Randwick Children’s Hospital.

All Year 11 and 12 Science students are also given opportunities to participate in additional activities such as the ICAS Science Competition. Each year the Science Faculty also nominates an outstanding Year 11 Science Student to receive the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute School Science Award presented by Penrith City Council. The Recipient of this award receives a framed certificate and the opportunity to spend time at the institute to learn first-hand about its activities and possible careers in Science.