SES 4U1

Welcome to Grade Twelve Earth and Space Science

This course develops students’ understanding of Earth and its place in the universe. Students will investigate the properties of and forces in the universe and solar system and analyse techniques scientists use to generate knowledge about them. Students will closely examine the materials of Earth, its internal and surficial processes, and its geological history, and will learn how Earth’s systems interact and how they have changed over time. Throughout the course, students will learn how these forces, processes, and materials affect their daily lives. The course draws on biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics in its consideration of geological and astronomical processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence.

What do we do?

Relating Science to Society, Technology and the Environment
Earth and Space Science will focus on big ideas that are meaningful and relevant to student's daily lives. Much of the learning will happen within the context of scientific issues. Students will apply theoretical concepts to practical applications that may include field work, computer simulations, investigations, case studies, debates, dissections, etc. Every effort will be made to link what is done in class to the broader community so that students can make their own decisions about issues related to science.

Conducting Scientific Inquiry
Scientific investigation skills will extend from grade 10. An emphasis will be placed on lab skills as students will be given opportunities to design and carry out experiments, as well as discover and validate fundamental concepts. Scientific investigation (inquiry and research) involves creativity, divergent thinking and collaboration. Students will have opportunities to initiate, plan, perform, record, analyse, interpret and communicate scientific knowledge. These areas will be revisited throughout the course so that students can practice and refine their inquiry and research skills.

Understanding Basic Concepts
Students will acquire conceptual knowledge so they can understand the role of science and technology in their daily lives. 

For more information please see the course outline: SES4U1 Course Outline