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The Science Learning Area at Katanning Senior High School provides an environment where students can explore, investigate and better understand the world around them.
In Years 7 to 10, students follow the Australian Curriculum and cover all aspects of Science through the topics of Biological, Chemical, Physical and Earth & Space Sciences. Hands on activities, experiments and investigation engage students interest in all aspects of Science and their understandings are monitored through a range of assessments tools.
Year 7 topics covered include; the animal & plant kingdoms, chemical and physical change, the separating of mixtures, renewable and non-renewable resources, forces and simple machines.
Year 8 topics covered include; animal and plant cells, states of matter, the elements, the rock cycle, energy types and changes.
Year 9 topics covered include; human body systems, atomic structure, chemical equations, plate tectonics, electricity and light.
In Year 10 topics covered include; genetics, evolution, chemical reactions, the creation of the solar system, energy transformations and the laws of motion.
High achieving students can look forward to studying a number of ATAR pathway Science subjects in Years 11 and 12. Chemistry and Human Biological Science are offered by teachers in a ‘face to face’ classroom setting, providing those students with an aptitude for Science and an opportunity to expand their understandings. In 2019 other science subjects such as Biology and Physics are offered via the School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE) in an on-line capacity.