Year 8
Subject Information

Science is a compulsory full year subject in Year 8.

Subject Description

Students are introduced to cells as microscopic structures that explain properties of living systems and analyse the relationshipbetween structure and function at cell, organ and system level. Students explore changes in matter at a particle level to distinguish between chemical and physical change and use this model to explain and predict the properties of substances. They identify different forms of energy and describe how energy transfers and transformations cause change in simple systems, including the role of heat and kinetic energy in the rock cycle.
IBMYP Science aims to provide students with both a body of knowledge and an understanding of the scientific approach to problem solving. The ability to formulate hypotheses, design and carry out investigations to test them, analyse data and apply their scientific knowledge to evaluate results, constitutes the framework within which specific content is presented.
Topics include:

  • Working Scientifically

  • Cells, Growth and Reproduction

  • Elements, compounds and mixtures

  • Rocks, Exploration and Mining

  •  Physical and Chemical change

  • Energy

  • Living Systems

  • Exploration and Mining

Course Fees


Additional Costs

All students are invited to participate in a number of Science competitions and The Glossy Black Camp: Science and Engineering Challenge – no cost. Online Big Science Competition – $7.00. UNSW Science Competition – $8.00. Glossy Black Camp - Approximately $110.

Criterion A:

Knowing & Understanding

Criterion C:

Processing and Evaluating

Criterion B:

Inquiring & Designing

Criterion D:

Reflecting on the impacts of Science

Learning Area Map