Science Year 7 Term 4 2021


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Go outside at night, look up, and be curious. What do we really know about our neighbouring planets on this outer arm of the Milky Way Galaxy? And why can we only see the fragility of our Earth’s resources when we view the Earth from space?


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   Shoot for the stars,

   but if you happen to miss, shoot for the moon instead.

                                            –  Neil Armstrong


This term Year 7 discover why we have the seasons, eclipses and what causes day and night. They observe and track the phases of the moon and the features of the night sky. They learn about our solar system, recently discovered outer planets and our exploration of space as well as gravity, tides and orbits.

Next year 7 explore the ways humans have used the resources of the Earth, measure consumption and and develop strategies to conserve natural resources. They study the Earths energy needs and evaluate the various energy alternatives. Finally, they analyse properties of water and consider water management strategies for the Australian landscape, in light of a changing climate.

Australian Curriculum Outcomes


Science understanding

Predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon (ACSSU115) 

Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, including water that cycles through the environment, but others are non-renewable (ACSSU116)  


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 the human body or reproduction: which allows student choice; 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 Will I Learn?


The Earth and our solar system

Week 1 – Orientation week

Week 2 – The night sky

Week 3 – The solar system

Week 4 – Gravity, tides and orbits

Week 5 – The Earth in space

Earth Resources

Week 6 – Natural and made resources

Week 7 – Energy sources

Week 8 – The water cycle

Week 9 – Water management

Week 10 – Climate change

Term 4 Dates 2021


Commence   Tuesday 5 October

Finish          Friday 10 December 

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