Teaching & Learning Areas » Science
Melville Science department teacher’s believe it is vital that all students should receive a solid grounding in current scientific understandings, values and skills for them to function in our modern world that is increasingly shaped by the application of science to nearly every aspect of daily life. To enable this to occur we aim to excite all students with a sense of wonder, optimism and enthusiasm for this subject that will last the rest of their lives.
Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.
Our curriculum in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 is closely aligned to the Department of Education's Western Australian Curriculum: Science. This has three interrelated strands: Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills.
In Year 11, Unit 1 and Unit 2 in Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Human Biology are offered. These all lead to Units 3 and 4 and the WACE examinations in Year 12. General Integrated Science Units 1 and 2 is also offered in year 11 and Units 3 and 4 in Year 12. All courses are designed to comply with the School Curriculum and Standards Authority guidelines on assessment and content.