Mr. Bradburn teaches 6th grade Earth Science, 7th grade Life Science, 8th grade Physical Science, and 9th grade Biology. Students will learn science is through combining classroom knowledge with practical application. This will be done through laboratory practice, computer Web Quests, virtual laboratories, current research using internet resources, project based learning, field trips and guest speakers. Students will enhance and improve higher level thinking skills through problem solving, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information.
In Grade 6 we’ll study Earth Science. Topic covered will include topographic maps, volcanoes and other natural threatening phenomena, energy in the earth’s system, space and our solar system, weather and erosion and a biblical perspective of the Earth’s origins. The Grade 6 students are looking forward to at least 2 exciting Science field trips.
As Grade 7 students are generally full of life, it’s appropriate that they get to study the life they are full of. Major topics investigated will include the characteristics of life, cell structure and function, genetics, evolution and creation, animal classification, ecology and finally major human body systems. 7th Grade students will use their knowledge of Life in the classroom to two exciting adventures in the field. This course will give students a solid foundation for Biology in the 9th grade.
In Grade 8 we study Physical Science which is broken down into two parts: Chemistry during the first semester and Physics during the second semester. The Chemistry portion will consist of basic structure of the atom, the Periodic Table, chemical bonding, nomenclature, chemical reactions and solutions. The Physics portion will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, forces, simple machines, electricity and energy. We explore opportunities to apply information learned in the classroom to real-world examples through a variety of means, including 2 field trips.
As Grade 9 is the first year of High School, Biology is a very intense year covering a huge amount of content. Students learn about basic chemistry, biochemistry, the structure and function of cells, evolution and creation theories, human physiology and classification systems in biology. We will also spend almost a whole quarter on an in depth study of genetics. Our year will culminate with an amazing trip to the aquarium and coral reefs of Kenting to study marine life.