Middle Years Programme curriculum
This subject group may be considered as consisting of:
- either the traditional subjects of biology, chemistry and physics, or
- an integrated "sciences" course.
Also included are topics, concepts and issues from other branches of science, such as earth and health sciences.
The study of 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 experiments to test them, and evaluate results constitutes the framework within which specific content is presented.
Among other skills, students are expected to:
- use basic laboratory equipment safely and efficiently
- make sensible estimates and take accurate measurements
- make scientifically supported arguments.
Students are also encouraged to relate the content of the classroom and laboratory to the realities of life as they develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Science courses promote an awareness of the increasingly international context of scientific activity—its impact and limitations—as well as the constant evolution of scientific knowledge and understanding. Students are encouraged to consider science as a constantly evolving cooperative venture between individuals and among members of the international community, influenced by social, economic, technological, political, ethical and cultural surroundings.