Science - year 9/10

Many of our activities also incorporate content from the Science as a Human Endeavour Strand, focusing mainly on the sub-strand Use and Influence of Science.

Science Understanding

Content Descriptions
Sample activities

Biological sciences
Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems.
(ACSSU176) Year 9

Elaborations
Considering how energy flows into and out of an ecosystem via the pathways of food webs, and how it must be replaced to maintain the sustainability of the system.

Investigating how ecosystems change as a result of events such as bushfires, drought and flooding.
 

Practical data collection from different forest areas, biotic and abiotic factors including fire evidence observation.

Understanding regeneration cycles – matching these with forest types and understanding the role of fire in regenerating eucalypt forests.

Creating a complex food web and understanding the flow of energy through the trophic levels.

Biological sciences
Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.
(ACSSU189) Year 10

Elaborations
Investigating how human activity affects global systems.

Modelling a cycle, such as the water, carbon, nitrogen or phosphorus cycle within the biosphere.
 

Understanding the carbon cycle through a practical group activity and the role that forests play.

Exploring how human influences and attitudes to carbon will affect the future use of forests.

The concept of Sustainability is integral to understanding how we interact with and manage our forests now and into the future.  Through our programs, students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of sustainability in the use of forest resources.

 

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