Year 8 Science


Science is a way we acquire new knowledge. In this course you will learn how to think like a scientist and apply your skills to new context. You will investigate how Science plays a role in everyday life, and how culture and society has changed through new inventions and discoveries.

In Semester 1 students will:

  • study the different types of cells and how cells become specialised
  • explore the various states of matter and its relation to elements and compounds
  • complete a science inquiry
  • study the way energy transforms.

In Semester 2 students will:

  • analyse light, lenses, and sound
  • explore the human body and its systems
  • study minerals and fossils
  • complete various science challenges

What do you do?

Students will be provided with opportunities to build on their skills in the areas of inquiry, investigation, experimentation and application of knowledge.

Each Unit includes practical activities.

You will be using the Stile app to complete most of your work in this course.

What skills do you develop?

By the end of the year students should have developed skills to:

  • think scientifically
  • make informed decisions about their lifestyles, environment and the kind of society they wish to live in
  • continue to develop / enhance their curiosity and a spirit of inquiry about the world around them.



You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. Weekly work will be completed and submitted online.

All documents are able to be downloaded and printed by students, if they wish to write on paper instead of typing into Word documents online. All work for assessment must then be scanned and returned for assessment via the online environment.

Students will need access to the internet or libraries for research. Some writing and drawing materials will also be required. They will carry out practical investigations using equipment or materials sourced from their own kitchen, or readily purchased from their local shops. A bag of resources (the Science Kit) will be provided containing less accessible materials.

Things you can do now

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.