What will I learn in Science?
During your time at IST you will study a range of topics covering areas from three science disciplines (Chemistry, Biology and Physics). A few examples of topics you will cover are `What are living organisms made of?’, ‘How can you change the speed of a chemical reaction?’ and ‘How do we see the world around us?’ These topics will allow you to build on your prior leaning to develop your knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts, as well as developing your knowledge and understanding of new scientific ideas. You should also gain an awareness of the role of science in today’s society as we look at real life applications of scientific ideas. This will allow you to discover the link between science, ethics and the environment.
How will I learn Science in school?
Science is an exciting subject which can help you to understand the world around you. During your lessons you can expect to experience a variety of approaches to learning. You will carry out experiments, watch demonstrations, plan and carry your own scientific investigations, model scientific concepts, develop and research your own inquiry questions, watch animations and collaborate with others in the class.
How will Science be useful to me?
Science is a subject that is useful to everyone whether you intend to study science later in life or intend to follow a different career path. The skills and knowledge you learn in science are also incredibly practical for the kind of problem solving and creative thinking needed in your daily life, no matter which career you choose.
What ATL skills are important in Science?
All of the ATL skills are important in science and will be used throughout your time here at IST.
Communication skills are essential in science for you to communicate your ideas and your findings to a range of audiences. They also allow you to collaborate with your peers and to interpret a range of subject specific terms and symbols.
Good research skills allow you to develop your understanding of key concepts, make informed decisions and evaluate the appropriateness of sources.
Thinking skills are used in many areas of science, for example; when planning scientific investigations, making hypotheses, developing enquiry questions and when using models or simulations to explore complex ideas.
Social skills are important when you are collaborating with a group. They help you to listen actively to other perspectives and ideas, as well as ensuring everyone has the chance to contribute to the task.
Self-management skills are important for all students. They help you to manage your time and ensure you are prepared for lessons. Self-management also involves reflecting on your work and what skills you have learnt.