Year 9 Electives

Sciences

choose TWO unitS FROM THE SAME STREAM

Year 9 Science offers three streams, each of which spends the majority of the year focusing on core science content in the fields of Biology (Body Systems and Ecology), Chemistry (Atomic Theory and Chemical Reactions) and Physics (Electricity), with approximately one school term spent investigating a topic specific to the stream chosen. These investigations provide a focus for each of the three streams offered: Astro Stream; Consumer Stream; and Enviro Stream.

Each stream runs throughout the whole year and the content in the core topics is according to the Victorian Curriculum. These units develop our understanding of physical, chemical, and biological sciences and the way humans interact with their environment. They build on the knowledge presented in Years 7 and 8 and extend the use of the Scientific Method in designing, experimenting and reporting on practical work.

 
 
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Year 9 Science | Astro Stream

OVERVIEW

The Astro Stream provides core units with an additional Astronomy and Technology unit including a space mission simulation at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre as well as time spent in class constructing and coding robotic devices.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment can be done by written tests that include recall of facts, understanding of concepts, and solving of problems, as well as practical work, practical tests and reports, oral and multimedia presentations and assignments.

An exam is held each semester on the content covered.

PATHWAYS

All streams are suitable prerequisites for future studies in Science and subject choice in Year 10 will not be limited by the choice of Science stream undertaken in Year 9.

 
 

 
 
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Year 9 Science | Consumer Stream

OVERVIEW

Consumer Stream provides core units with an additional Consumer Science topic exploring the production and advertisement of different commercial products, some of which students will make and test themselves.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment can be done by written tests that include recall of facts, understanding of concepts, and solving of problems, as well as practical work, practical tests and reports, oral and multimedia presentations and assignments.

An exam is held each semester on the content covered.

PATHWAYS

All streams are suitable prerequisites for future studies in Science and subject choice in Year 10 will not be limited by the choice of Science stream undertaken in Year 9.
 

 
 

 
 
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Year 9 Science | Enviro Stream

overview

Enviro Stream provides core units with an additional ‘Growing Things’ investigation undertaken in the Agriculture and Horticulture Centre involving caring for animals and learning horticultural practices.

 

ASSESSMENT

Assessment can be done by written tests that include recall of facts, understanding of concepts, and solving of problems, as well as practical work, practical tests and reports, oral and multimedia presentations and assignments.

An exam is held each semester on the content covered.

PATHWAYS

All streams are suitable prerequisites for future studies in Science and subject choice in Year 10 will not be limited by the choice of Science stream undertaken in Year 9.