Year 9 Science

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Dr E. Attridge

 We need people to be creative, critical thinkers and find innovative solutions to problems. As a subject, science helps you investigate systemically and it will help you to develop a clearer understanding of aspects of the world around you. It's not just about becoming a scientist (although being one is pretty cool!), science enables you to understand how the world works and ideas on how to fix it. 

A good scientist asks questions such as:

  • What did I see?
  • What might that mean?
  • How can I check that?
  • What evidence do I have?
  • How many times was the experiment repeated?
  • How were the measurements taken?
  • How confident am I of their accuracy?
  • Would these results always be true?

Aspects of digital technology are covered in all our science topics. Practical work is also an essential part of the course and you are expected to learn a variety of skills. 

Our course topics currently include:

  • Being a Scientist – Kaiputaiao
  • Astrobiology – Mātai Arorangi Me Te Koiora
  • Food - Kai 
  • Air that we breathe - Hāngia Hau Takiwā
  • Seeing is believing - Ā-Kanohi Te Kitenga 
  • Engineering - Pūkaha

But we are constantly working on developing new ones.

You will also be able to extend and enrich your science studies through gamified learning. This involves the choice of a wide range of additional tasks scoring points and digital badges along the way.

Assessment Information

Assessment is continual and based on a combination of tests, homework and contributions in class. The curriculum level and sub-level is reported for each topic


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