Science

Science increasingly influences society in the 21st century. Complex current issues highlight the challenges for individuals to understand and critically engage with science and its outcomes.

 

Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our desire to make sense of our world through exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems. Science aims to understand a large number of observations in terms of a much smaller number of broad principles. Science knowledge is contestable and is revised, refined and extended as new evidence arises.

Students at Good Shepherd experience the joy of scientific discovery and nurture their natural curiosity about the world around them. In doing this, they develop critical and creative thinking skills and challenge themselves to identify questions and draw evidence-based conclusions using scientific methods.

At School of the Good Shepherd the Science curriculum is supported through an inquiry based teaching and learning model. Students use their prior knowledge and literacies to develop explanations for their hands-on experiences of scientific phenomena. Students have opportunities to

represent and re-represent their developing understanding. They are engaged actively in the learning process. Students develop investigations skills and an understanding of the nature of science. Teaching and learning progresses through five phases: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate.