Welcome to Grade 9 Academic Science!

Today's world is being transformed by scientific and technological advancements.  Therefore students need to receive an education that prepares them for the real world.  Not only do students need to know the basic concepts of science, they must be able to make sense of that information and apply it to practical situations.  Science education at Hayden will prepare students for the 21st century by providing them with numerous opportunities to access technology appropriately and to develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed for daily life and the workplace.


This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to relate science to technology, society and the environment.  Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in the processes of scientific investigation.  Students will acquire an understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the study of the universe and its properties and components; and the principles of electricity.

What do we do?

Relating Science to Society, Technology and the Environment
Grade 9 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 and debates.  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 are an integral part of any science program so that students can extend their understanding of science.  Scientific investigation (inquiry and research) involves creativity, divergent thinking and collaboration.  Students will have multiple 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 below! 

2018-2019 course outline