Cobden Technical School aims to provide a well balanced and informative introduction to Science that will provide the basis for a smooth transition into the middle years and VCE. Science is taught as a series of topics which are essentially based upon Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science.

KEY SKILLS DEVELOPED IN YEARS 7 AND YEAR 8 SCIENCE ARE:
Development of safe work practices and competence in the manipulation and use of basic laboratory equipment.
To be able to conduct controlled experiments and write reports.
To accurately observe and record data.
To use the particle model to explain physical and chemical phenomena.
To be able to use simple dynamics and mechanics to explain phenomena including friction, air resistance and non-contact forces.
To be able to devise and use simple keys for the classification of items.

Course content for Year 7 Science:

Laboratory safety and equipment.
Working with simple items of laboratory equipment and using them to observe chemical and physical changes, and to effect separations of mixtures.
Use of classification schemes for living organisms.
Investigating the structure and properties of solids, liquids and gases.
The study of Physics leading into the concept of a force.
The study of Biology leading to an understanding of the characteristics of plants and animals.

Course content for Year 8 Science:

Atomic structure, elements, reactions of the elements and formation of compounds.
The effects of radiation, convection and conductors.
Forces, the force of gravity, surface tension and elasticity.
Cells and their internal structure.
Our place in space, the motion of planets and moons against a background of stars.
Students are required to complete practical activities, maintain workbooks and complete assessment tasks.

Textiles is studied for one term at both Year 7 and 8:

Year 7 and 8 are 3 sessions per fortnight.
Textiles gives students an introduction to sewing and the related skills required in the textiles field. Students are actively encouraged to incorporate their own creative design ideas into their projects, which they then complete.

An evaluation of the finished project is then completed to establish the success of the design. All projects have a practical use, either at school or for the home.

There is a steady progression in the complexity of the models and the skill levels required to complete the models, from completing a simple pencil case and patchwork cushion in Year 7, to boxer shorts and hooded jumpers in Year 8.

Students begin to understand the different types of fibres and investigate their characteristics.

This program integrates theory and practical work through activities that require thought, action and reflection to produce a result. The Woodwork program aims to develop skills and knowledge that further extend and develop during the Middle and Senior school years. These skills prove highly desirable if students wish to enter the workforce as a trade professional, for transferability to other areas or just for general interest.

Students will be shown how to correctly and safely use a number of hand and power tools and complete a safety ‘how to use’ test. This allows them to gain an understanding of the technology associated with a number of various woods.

Students develop skills associated with design, manufacture, research and evaluation (the technology process). They will also understand the benefits of recycling and reusing timber.

Students will be actively working in groups in all practical sessions to sucessfully complete each unit of Woodwork.