The principal focus of Science teaching in Years 7, 8 and 9 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. Examples of these big ideas are the links between structure and function in living organisms, the particulate model as the key to understanding the properties and interactions of matter in all its forms, and the resources and means of transfer of energy as key determinants of all of these interactions.
At Oakwood Park Grammar School, students are encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them and to start to use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations. The Science disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught as separate modules as detailed below: