(Adapted from Learning Programme Guidelines Physical Sciences – 29 April 2005)
The subject ‘Physical Science’ investigates physical and chemical phenomena in order to explain and predict events in the physical environment.
Society needs to understand the physical environment in order to benefit from it and to care for it responsibly. Issues such as a safe disposal of chemical waste, responsible use of resources and alternative energy sources are addressed using all scientific and technical knowledge including Indigenous Knowledge Systems.
Pupils are equipped with investigating skills relating to physical and chemical phenomena. These skills include classifying, communicating, measuring, designing or investigation, drawing conclusions, formulating models, identifying and controlling variables, hypothesizing, inferring, observing, interpreting, predicting, problem solving and reflection.
The subject promotes knowledge and skills in scientific enquiry and problem solving, the construction and application of scientific and technological knowledge, an understanding of science and its relationships to technology, society and the environment.
There are six main knowledge areas in the subject Physical Science, each being expanded with each successive year. These knowledge areas are:
|Compulsory Subjects||(Integrated Chemistry and Physics)|
The subject prepares pupils for future learning and responsible citizenship. Pupils choosing Physical Science in the F.E.T. band have improved access to academic courses in Higher Education and to careers related to applied Science.
Scientific and technological development are essential for the country’s economic growth and the well-being of its people.