In Year 6 Science concepts are taught in through an inquiry based approach.
The unit of inquiry Planet Earth – Impending Disaster allows our students to develop an understanding of the movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates, and the effects of these movements on the surface. Students also begin to develop their Science Inquiry skills, including designing an experiment, collecting data, and making conclusions.
The Energised Government unit involves our boys investigating electrical circuits and how energy can be transferred to different forms. Students conduct a research task about renewable energy sources and consider the various alternatives to provide adequate, reliable and affordable sustainable energy to meet future consumption needs.
Winter Term sees our students engaged in the Truth Through Investigation unit, focusing on their Scientific Inquiry skills, and culminating in the annual Year 6 Science Fair. Students design an experiment to answer a scientific question of their choice, selecting appropriate variables, collecting data, and analysing results. The final product is then communicated to family and friends, with the use of Science reports, artifacts and photos, at the Science Fair.
In the unit of inquiry Being, Becoming, Belonging, the boys research a real-world problem and consider how scientific knowledge could solve it. The concept of change is also applied to the boys’ studies of states of matter, fungi, and the environment.
Finally, the unit Global Citizens immerses boys in the negative effects of plastic on our ecosystems, and in particular the world’s oceans. The boys develop an understanding of the reasons for the current situation and work to develop their own innovative solutions using science.