How We Teach Science
At Western Port Secondary College, under the Victorian Essential Learning Standards, our students study core Science at Years 7-10 that focus on the dimensions of ‘Science Knowledge and Understanding’ and ‘Science at Work’.
We offer semester based electives at Year 9 and 10 that include:
- Human Guinea Pig
- Forensic Science
- Environmental Science
- Marine Science
- Extension Science
The following subjects are also taught at VCE level:
- Biology (Units 1-4)
- Chemistry (Units 1-4)
- Physics (Units 1-4)
- Psychology (Units 1-4)
In Science the aim is to expand the student’s knowledge of the issues within the world and beyond so that they are able to question scientific change and adapt to our changing world. We also have a focus on sustainability where students can learn to understand issues at a local and global level.
The Science classroom may be in or out of the laboratory with students experiencing:
- Practical work as individuals and working in teams
- Research activities
- Written work to improve Science literacy
- Computer use
- Involvement with local organisations and resources including Devilbend Reservoir, Western Port Marina and BlueScope Steel
Students also encouraged to participate in extracurricular and extension activities such as:
- Australasian Schools Science Competition
- Science Talent Search
- National Chemistry Quiz
- National Youth Science Forum
- Discovery Day
- Joint Science activities with the local Primary Schools
Year 10 students have the opportunity to study a Year 11 VCE Science subject and Year 11 students to study Year 12 VCE Science.
Students not only find this exciting but have stated the experience improved their study skills and Science knowledge.