The science department at Thomas Haney Secondary School uses a hands-on experiential approach to learning about our physical world. Students are encouraged to think and act like scientists. The junior curriculum introduces the students to aspects of biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy and geology.
The four general goals for the junior sciences are:
- To develop an understanding of the nature of science and technology, of the relationships between science and technology, and of the social and environmental contexts of science and technology.
- To develop the skills required for scientific and technological inquiry, for solving problems, for communicating scientific ideas and results, for working collaboratively, and for making informed decisions.
- To construct knowledge and understandings of concepts in life science, physical science, and Earth and space science, and apply these understandings to interpret, integrate, and extend their knowledge.
- To develop attitudes that support the responsible acquisition and application of scientific and technological knowledge to the mutual benefit of self, society and environment.
This broad-spectrum approach introduces the students to a variety of sciences so that in grade 11 and 12, they can make informed choices regarding the various courses offered at the senior level. The senior sciences include biology 11 and 12, chemistry 11 and 12, physics 11 and 12, and earth science 11