It is a requirement of the programme that students study at least one subject from group 4. Students explore the concepts, theories, models and techniques that underpin each subject area and through these develop their understanding of the scientific method.
Through studying a science subject students become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. While the scientific method may take on a wide variety of forms, the emphasis is on a practical approach. In addition knowledge and skills are put into the context of the way science and scientists work in the 21st Century and the ethical debates and limitations of creative scientific endeavor.
The sciences are taught practically. Students have opportunities to
- Design investigations,
- Collect data,
- Develop manipulative skills,
- Analyse results,
- Collaborate with peers and
- Evaluate and communicate their findings
The investigations may be laboratory based or they may make use of simulations and data bases. Students develop the skills to work independently on their own design, and also collegiately, including collaboration with schools in different regions, to mirror the way in which scientific research is conducted in the wider community.
A compulsory project encourages students to appreciate the environmental, social and ethical implications of science. This exercise is collaborative and interdisciplinary and provides an opportunity for students to explore scientific solutions to global questions.