Our Year 7 students have been enjoying our “Thinking Science” program run by Mrs Horrigan this year. The complete program consisting of 30 lessons is specifically designed to get students to focus on looking at controlling and/or manipulating variables in various types of experimental contexts to ensure fair testing.
The students are encouraged to think about how fair testing procedures impact on the reliability and validity of their collected experimental data. The program encourages students to design and experiment using their own ideas and knowledge rather than just following a ‘recipe’ type experimental procedure.
The students will complete 10 lessons each year from Year 7-Year 9. The “Thinking Science” program originates from England and has been very successful in helping students improve their overall academic results in Science in the senior years. The data clearly shows that students who have completed this program out-perform students in Science in the senior years who have not been exposed to the program. The feedback from Mrs Horrigan and the students has been very supportive of the program. If anyone would like more information about this program please do not hesitate to contact me at school either by email or phone.
Fenton Doolan, Head of Science