Science Year 7 Term 1 2021

Solar radiation shielded by the Earth's magnetic field


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About Course

Kicking off in Term 1, Year 7 will focus on their practical skills in carrying out investigations. They will then embark on their first physics subject for the year and investigate the nature of forces. As usual week 1 is an orientation week to familiarises students with the virtual classroom and to allow them to get to know their teacher and the other students in their class within a program of games and fun activities.

Description of material covered

       “Science, it’s like magic but real”

Year 7 begin the year as “mad scientists” studying the science behind the most astounding experiments ever performed. Next, they learn about the wide variety of scientific disciplines and the work that scientists do. Students learn that the observations scientists make, and the conclusions they draw, form the basis of many discoveries, theories, laws and technological developments. 

They will then learn about forces, contact and non-contact and how these influence objects on the Earth. This term year 7 will investigate and describe contact forces, which cause objects to accelerate, decelerate or change directions, and the non-contact forces of magnetism, gravity and electrostatic attraction.

Australian Curriculum Outcomes

Science understanding

Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces, including Earth’s gravitational attraction, acting on the object (ACSSU 117)

Science as a human endeavour

Scientists construct explanations about the natural world based on evidence and these explanations change when new evidence becomes available. The science of today will lead to the technology of tomorrow as scientists work collaboratively, using new skills and modern methods. Only a high level of scientific understanding among people of all cultures will ensure that governments follow ethical considerations when legislating the use of emerging technology. (ACSHE 119, 223, 120, 121)

Science inquiry skills

This term Year 8 will work individually or in small groups to produce a project on forces; which allows student choice and is organized around an open-ended question; requires inquiry to learn and/or create something new; requires critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and various forms of communication (often known as 21st-century skills); incorporates feedback and revision and results in a presentation. (ACSIS 124, 125, 126, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133)

What You Will  Learn

Science for fun

Week 1 – Orientation week

Week 2 – Blowing things up with Science

Week 3 – Branches of Science

Week 4 – Using scientific equipment

Week 5 – Investigations in Science Forces

Week 6 – Contact forces

Week 7 – Friction

Week 8 – Gravity

Week 9 – Magnetic and electric fields

Week 10 – Simple machines

Term 1 Dates 2021


Commence Wednesday 27 January

Finish        Thursday 1 April     

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