The philosophy of the Science Department is to develop a deep interest and positive attitude towards Science in our students. We believe that our students should become analytical thinkers with the ability to problem solve and to express ideas fluently and with confidence in a society which is becoming more and more science literate.
Teaching and Learning
Years 7-10 Science is based on the Victorian Curriculum, with the opportunity of choosing electives in Year 10 in the second semester. These electives are designed to provide students with an insight into Year 11 science subjects as well as to engage students in areas they are interested in.
Current electives include:
Chemical Properties: Students revisit basic chemistry and look at the chemicals in consumer products.
Electronics: Students learn about electrical circuits and electrical safety at home.
The Human Mind and Body: Students learn about Health issues, relevant to society today an understanding of body systems and Psychology.
Biotechnology: This explores how living things are used in technology and a look at how our understanding of the “genome” is changing our world.
Biodiversity students study our living world and human impact on the planet, and how we can manage our finite resources on our planet.
Science students at Lalor take part in a variety of activities and are assessed in diverse ways including inquiry based projects, modelling and extension activities. The delivery of science is continually supported by the use of ICT in various forms including, data logging, multimedia, practical experiments, data analysis, research projects, oral presentations, class discussions, and computer simulations.
Our Science Centre
In 2012 the science faculty moved into a new Science centre with state of the art equipment and facilities. The space has three purpose-built laboratories and an open space learning area. Our Year 7 students use the centre for their inquiry based science research as well as their practical sessions.
VCE Biology and Chemistry classes use the centre’s senior laboratory area with its wet lab and access to the laboratory technicians.
The Science Centre allows staff to team teach and produce an environment which builds positive educational opportunities for our students.
E-Learning is a major focus within the Science Centre with computer access for up to three classes of students all working online together. Electronic whiteboards are used throughout the Centre allowing for a much richer and interactive lesson delivery for students.
There are many opportunities to experience the different aspects of Science through excursions. Our science students visit:
- Melbourne Zoological Gardens
- Melbourne Museum
- La Trobe University
- Melbourne University
- Space Centre at Strathmore Secondary College.
Science week and the Science Club
The science staff at Lalor are enthusiastic and committed to our philosophy and take part in the weekly science club activities where science concepts are explored further through fun activities.
During Science week excursions and daily activities are run by the science Laboratory and teaching staff.