Junior Science

The Junior Science courses in Year 9 and Year 10 cover a range of topics from multiple fields of Science, which combine together to give students an overall picture of what "Science" is and what it means to think scientifically. 
Students learn to plan and conduct experiments safely and how to use resources to find out unknown information.Upon completing two years of Junior Science courses at Selwyn College, students will be prepared to undertake Science at NCEA Level 1. 
The Junior Science program consists of different topics; 
  • The Material World - this acts as an introduction to the senior subject Chemistry and covers what atoms are, how atoms make up molecules, and how different molecules interact and react. 
  • The Physical World - this acts as an introduction to the senior subject Physics and covers the forces we observe in our universe such as those which govern light, mass, sound, and heat. 
  • The Living World - this acts as an introduction to the senior subject Biology and covers the structure of organisms on our planet, how organisms interact with one another, and how we humans function. 
Each term, Junior Science students are involved in Investigations of the term’s topic. These investigations develop the ability of students to ask interesting questions and uncover their own understanding of their world. Students will also work on Participating/Contributing tasks which develop the ability of students to relate their scientific understanding to the wider social problems of our changing world.