Stage 6 Science

Chemistry builds on and develops understanding of Science, as studied in Years 9 and 10, developing students’ understanding of science as a continually developing body of knowledge. Students will be working individually and with others in practical, investigative and interactive activities that are related to the theoretical concepts considered in the course. This will require the application of investigation planning and problem-solving skills and an ability to effectively communicate scientific information.

 

The study of Chemistry helps students to comprehend the delicate balance in the Creator’s design of atomic structure, with a focus on chemical interactions at the atomic and molecular levels and the formation of substances, i.e. the physical and chemical properties of substances. Students should also gain an appreciation for how crucial the values of specific atomic quantities are in determining various properties of substances that we take for granted, e.g. water.

 

God’s creation is awesome, whether it is in the seen or unseen world. As man makes technological advances in discovering and utilizing the power and diversity of the atomic world he also inherits responsibility to consider and implement ways in which environmental problems could be caused, reversed or minimised. As we study the Earth, its resources, the way we utilise those resources and manage the by products of production, students will gain an appreciation of the responsibility we have to be good stewards in conserving, protecting, maintaining and improving the quality of all environments for future generations.

Biology builds on and develops understanding of Science, as studied in Years 9 and 10, developing students’ understanding of science as a continually developing body of knowledge. Students will be working individually and with others in practical, field and interactive activities that are related to the theoretical concepts considered in the course. This will require the application of investigative and problem-solving skills and an ability to effectively communicate biological information.

 

The study of Biology helps students to recognise that, while man is placed as the steward of God’s creation, he has the onus to care, nurture and protect all aspects of creation responsibly. It also provides a platform for considering the incredible intricacy of design in every aspect of that which is created, seen and unseen, from the molecular structure and functioning of a cell to the interactions of a multitude of diverse organisms in an ecosystem. The history and philosophy of Science, as it relates to the development of the understanding, utilisation and manipulation of living systems by man, accentuates the necessity for man to be a good steward in conserving, protecting, maintaining and improving the quality of all environments for future generations. Consideration of this history and philosophy will also help students to identify how it is that some people have identified a conflict between Science and the Bible that ought not to exist.