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Science

 

Science is an integral part of our lives and culture. It stretches the intellect, imagination and creativity of young people. Its challenges are quite enormous; AJHS uses a progressive learning pathway for Science education.

AJHS Science has translated the National Curriculum’s Science objectives into teaching and learning activities, creating a programme of study describing the subject knowledge, skills and understanding pupils are expected to develop during their progression through their Science learning pathway. The programme of study also maps out a scale of attainment within the subject written as “attainment targets”. This learning pathway also has a breadth of study outlining the contexts, activities, areas of study and differentiated range of experiences through which the Knowledge, skills and understanding should be taught.

Our teaching is inclusive: providing effective learning opportunities for all children; using language across the curriculum; focusing on the skills of Communication; Application of number; Information technology; Working with others; Improving own learning and performance through reflective practice and evaluation; Problem solving; Information-processing skills; Reasoning skills; Enquiry within the nature of Science; Creative and thinking skills; Financial capability; Enterprise and entrepreneurial skills; Work-related learning; and Education for sustainable development.

Key ideas of Cells, Interrelationships, Particles, Matter and Energy are developed into Key concepts. Key concepts are the big ideas and understandings that we hope will remain with our students long after they have left school. Key concepts sit above context but find their way into every context. Students need time and the opportunity to explore these concepts; to appreciate the breadth, depth, and subtlety of meaning that attaches to them; to learn that different people view them from different perspectives; and to understand that scientific meaning is not static. By approaching these concepts in different ways and by revisiting them in different contexts at each year level, students come to refine and embed understandings.

We are proud of our school’s Science curriculum and the effective members of society it inspires.

martene.matthews@ajhs.school.nz HOLA Sciences in Curriculum

logan.colman@ajhs.school.nz Teacher in charge “Birds” courses

victoria.booth@ajhs.school.nz Teacher in charge "Reptiles and Mammals"

paula.cole@ajhs.school.nz Science Technician and “Learning Activity facilitator”