Science classes in VIS take a holistic approach to teaching by incorporating real world activities into learning. Students will learn the importance of science and the scientific process in the local and global communities as well as how to understand and communicate this knowledge.

IMG_7234Students will study an integrated sciences course in the form of units of work. These will include concepts and principals commonly identified as belonging to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth science and Astronomy. The purpose is to develop a keen interest in and appreciation of science in the world around us. This will be achieved by: developing a thorough working knowledge of the how to carry out a scientific investigation, building upon students’ scientific knowledge, developing concepts and understandings which allow students to become scientific thinkers, developing students’ thinking skills in recognising variables and their values as well as the concept of systems and subsystems, familiarising students with investigation materials and procedures, building the group collaboration and teamwork skills necessary for rich and challenging learning activities.

 Students will practice the IB Learner Profile traits and understand how these traits are important in the scientific community. Scientists must follow ethical and professional considerations when conducting investigations therefore scientists are principled. Scientists are open-minded and risk takers because they are open to exploring new approaches to problems. Science is dynamic and is constantly changing. Reflection is a critical component of the scientific approach. Validation of scientific knowledge comes through peer review utilizing effective communication skills and collaboration. Scientists use the scientific approach to gain knowledge. Science is inquiry. IMG_7134

Students will participate in many different hands on experiments and work in different group formations to seek answers to a variety of different scientific questions and situations.

The approaches to learning are key to each unit as the final assessment task will focus on one or a set of related skills such as research for a presentation, or making observations & measurements for a lab report. Using one of the other four AoIs (environments, community and service, health and social education, and human ingenuity) to focus each unit allows students to place learning in context and help students to develop attitudes and values based on knowledge and skills.

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