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Junior Science (Year 7-10)

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Welcome to the Junior Science page where you can find out information about what students study in years 7 through to 10!


All junior years of Science are comprised of a mixture of different "Strands" of Science. In each year, students will usually study two topics from each of the four strands, totaling 8 different learning topics per year.

The Strands of Science are Physical World (PW), Chemical World (CW), Living World (LW) and Earth & Space (ES). Keep an eye out for these Strands and their abbreviations.


Year 7 Science Overview

Year 7 begins gently with an introductory unit of work called "working as a Scientist" where students learn about equipment, safety, procedures and how to conduct experiments.

Following this, students study the following units over the course of the school year:

PW     Making Contact

PW     Using your Potential

CW     States of Matter

CW     Separating Mixtures

LW     Cells

LW     Classification

ES     Earth's Resources

ES     Rock on!


Year 8 Science Overview

PW     Shocking Facts

PW     Playing the Field

CW     Elements, Compounds & Mixtures

CW     Physical & Chemical Change

LW     The Green World

LW     Living Systems

ES     Beyond Dinosaurs

ES     Beyond Earth


Year 9 Science Overview

PW     Making Waves

PW     Swings and Round-a-bouts

CW     Atomic Structure

CW     The Periodic Table of Elements

LW     Ecosystems

LW     Body Systems and balance

ES     Bigger & Better Guide to the Galaxy

ES     Dynamic Earth


Year 10 Science Overview

PW     Going through the Motions

PW     Power to the People

CW     Chemical Reactions Part 1

CW     Chemical Reactions Part 2

LW     Evolution

LW     Genetics

ES     Global Issues, Changing Global patterns



Junior Assessment

Each year group has a specific assessment profile aimed at providing students with the best possible opportunities and cross-curricular learning sequences.

Below are the links to the Assessment guidelines for each Junior year group.

These give students notification of assessment items and sequences for the year. It is divided into first and second semesters, which will correspond to each reporting period. Students are provided with specific task details for assessment items as they approach and the homework books are ongoing. Homework books are checked on a topic by topic basis.


Science 2019

            Yr7 2019 Assessment Policy

            Yr8 2019 Assessment Policy

 Yr9 2019 Assessment Policy

Yr10 2019 Assessment Policy


Additional Information

Each year, students in Year 10 will be required to select senior subjects that they wish to study in Year 11 and Year 12. The Science Key Learning Area (KLA) offers students the opportunity to select and study courses in Year 11 and Year 12. There are 6 individual subjects on offer in the Science KLA, each with there own unique pattern of study.

Find out more on the HSC Science Subjects page or by clicking on any of the below subjects.

Senior Science Subjects

  • Physics                                                                   [STAGE 6 (Year 11-12)]
  • Chemistry                                                               [STAGE 6 (Year 11-12)]
  • Earth and Environmental Science                       [STAGE 6 (Year 11-12)]
  • Biology                                                                   [STAGE 6 (Year 11-12)]
  • Agriculture                                                             [STAGE 6 (Year 11-12)]
  • Senior Science                                                      [STAGE 6 (Year 11-12)]

All of the above Senior subjects are Board Developed Courses (BDCs) and each contributes 2 Units towards an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) score.

Some Tertiary Education Institutions such as Universities require completed studies in Science to Higher School Certificate (HSC) level in order to gain entry to selected undergraduate degrees. 

If you have questions, please seek assistance from the School Careers Advisor.