REACH for Science Excellence!

On Monday 20 May, nineteen students from Years 7 to 10 participated in a Science enrichment online examination called the ‘Big Science’ Competition. It’s a 50 minute, multiple choice competition testing critical thinking and problem solving skills, not just factual.

Questions are set in real-life, contemporary contexts, making them relatable (and interesting). Competition questions in the Big Science Competition are aligned with the Australian Curriculum – Science. The students are looking forward to receiving their results in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned and the School will publish the student names who have received distinctions of note.

On Wednesday this week, the entire Years 6 and 7 cohort participated in a science assessment called REACH. It is run by the University of New South Wales (UNSW). It will provide an external, objective benchmark of Science learner progress. Students took the testing seriously and they are to be commended for adhering to examination guidelines. There were 40-45 multiple choice questions related to the four main branches of Science. The Years 6 and 7 assessments are based on the curricula for the relevant year. Items range from recall and routine application, through to more demanding questions. All students will receive a downloadable certificate of achievement within a four week turn around.

Science is a challenging subject with strong literacy and numerical links. It is important to extend each student’s ability to comprehend material and develop higher order thinking skills.

Lesley Malligan – Paul
Science Learning Area Leader & Sr School Teacher

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