What is Science?
Science is a way of investigating, understanding, and explaining our natural, physical world and the wider universe. It involves generating and testing ideas, gathering evidence – including by making observations, carrying out investigations and modelling, and communicating and debating with others – in order to develop scientific knowledge, understanding, and explanations. Scientific progress comes from logical, systematic work and from creative insight, built on a foundation of respect for evidence. Different cultures and periods of history have contributed to the development of science.
Why study Science?
Science is able to inform problem solving and decision making in many areas of life. Many of the major challenges and opportunities that confront our world need to be approached from a scientific perspective, taking into account social and ethical considerations.
By studying science, students:
- develop an understanding of the world, built on current scientific theories
- learn that science involves particular processes and ways of developing and organising knowledge and that these continue to evolve
- use their current scientific knowledge and skills for problem solving and developing further knowledge
- use scientific knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about the communication, application, and implications of science as these relate to their own lives and cultures and to the sustainability of the environment.
Science at Westlake
Science is compulsory in the junior school, Years 9 and 10. The Junior Science programme is contextualised into units that aim to answer a fundamental question about our world. By Year 11, the focus shifts to the fundamental concepts in Chemistry, Biology, and Physics, as well as internal assessments on Earth Science and investigation skills in a Core Science course. Extension and Enrichment options are available as well. In Year 12 and 13 students specialise in one or all of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or remain on a broad general science course. (entry requirements apply to extension courses, and studying all three sciences) Different core and extension pathways are available in Year 12/13 Chemistry, Biology, and Physics, depending on an individual student’s achievement in Year 11.