Belvedere College - Science

Science

Science

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not “Eureka!”, but “That’s funny…” Isaac Asimov

STAFF

Niamh Barry Laboratory Technician
Mairead Boland        Laboratory Technician
Stephen Carey           Chemisty & Physics
Stuart Colohan            Biology
Ronan Duggan (Head of Dept)     Biology
Ellen McCabe     Biology
Lorraine Harrahill Urban Farming & Agricultural Science
Liam Hennelly             Biology & Chemistry
Derek Kinsella Physics
Emma Smith (Jabob Leonard)       Biology

JUNIOR CYCLE

Science at Junior Cycle is concerned with the understanding of a body of scientific knowledge and the development of scientific skills through practical activities. It contributes to the development of logical thinking and reasoning, skills of observation, measurement, interpretation, numeracy, problem solving and decision making.

The syllabus is provided at common level. There are two assessment components:
• the Classroom Based Assessments which form part of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement, (CBA1 in 2nd year and CBA 2 in 3rd year which are marked by teachers in the school)
• An Assessment Task (AT) worth 10% in May of third year and a terminal exam worth 90% in June of 3rd year, both of which are graded by the State Examinations Commission (SEC).

SENIOR CYCLE

BIOLOGY
Biology is the study of life. Through the study of biology students explore the diversity of life and the inter-relationships between organisms and their environment. They become aware of the use of living organisms and their products to enhance human health and the environment. The Leaving Certificate Biology syllabus is assessed at Ordinary and Higher levels.

CHEMISTRY
Leaving Certificate chemistry aims to provide a relevant course for students who will complete their study of chemistry at this level while, at the same time, providing a foundation course for those who will continue to study chemistry or a related subjects following completion of their Leaving Certificate. This syllabus is assessed at Ordinary and Higher levels.

URBAN FARMING / AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE
Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science involves the study of science and technology underlying the principles and practices of modern agriculture. It aims to scientifically develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that promote the longterm sustainability of natural resources, and places emphasis on the managed use of these resources. For more info, please click here.

PHYSICS
Leaving Certificate Physics aims to give students an understanding of the fundamental principles of physics and their application to everyday life. It offers a general education in physics to all students, enabling them to develop an understanding of the scientific method and their ability to observe, to think logically and to communicate effectively. Science technology and society (STS) is an integral part of the syllabus so that students can be aware of the principles of the applications of physics in the everyday world. This syllabus is assessed at Higher and Ordinary levels.

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT INITIATIVES WITHIN THE COLLEGE

• First Year Science Fair
• Annual Science Week Celebrations
Science Buzz
Pennsylvania University Scholarship
Urban Farm

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