Science textbooks are collections of agreed upon facts, based on data from scientists all over the world and as new data come to light we change the textbooks, that’s how Science works. Using different types of microscopes, we know that all living things are made of cells. And as we build better microscopes our understanding of these tiny living factories increases.
“Without data you’re just another person with another opinion”
Year 8 start the year learning about scientific data. They gather primary data and analyse secondary data. There are hands on investigations and group tasks and plenty to be curious about.
Next, they will look at cells and how they function in living organism. They will see that cells function differently in plants, animals and fungus and find out that sometimes living things consist simply of single cells.
Cells are the basic units of living things and they have specialised structures and functions (ACSSU149)
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 data or on living cells, 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)
Working with Scientific Data
Week 1 – Orientation week
Week 2 – Primary data
Week 3 – Secondary data
Week 4 – Processing and analysing data
Week 5 – Planning investigations Cells
Week 6 – Making things bigger
Week 7 – Building blocks of life
Week 8 – Specialised cells
Week 9 – Cell to organism
Week 10 – Cell to tissue technology
Commence Wednesday 27 January
Finish Thursday 1 April