Science represents a body of knowledge which is built up through experimental testing of ideas and which is organised in a way that makes it easy to use. It is also a methodology, a practical way of finding reliable answers to questions.
Science is essential to our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
Our aims in teaching Science are that all children will:
retain and develop their natural sense of curiosity about the world around them
develop a set of attitudes which will promote scientific ways of thinking, including perseverance, objectivity and a recognition of the importance of teamwork
come to understand the nature of “scientific method” involving: careful observation, the making and testing of predictions, the design of fair and controlled experiments, the drawing of meaningful conclusions through critical reasoning and the evaluation of evidence
become effective communicators of scientific ideas, facts and data
begin to build up a body of scientific knowledge and understanding which will serve as a foundation for future enquiry.
find science enjoyable
Principles of the Teaching and Learning of Science
Science is important because
it is a body of knowledge essential to our understanding of ourselves and the world around us
it provides an understanding of how scientific and technological change has impacted on the development of the world and the quality of our lives
it encourages questioning and discussion skills as well as creative and imaginative thought
the skills and knowledge of science can be applied throughout everyday life
Materials: building materials and sorting objects by simple materials; wood, metal, fabric etc.
Penguins & frogs: Animal Lifecycles
Floating & sinking
categories of animals: bird, fish, mammals, amphibians & reptiles
Plants & flowers
Mini beasts & Snails
Australian animals; herbivores, omnivores & carnivores
Seasons: weather in Australia
Plants & trees in our garden
Parts of a plant
Humans and other animals
Basic needs of animals
Alive, dead, never lived
Life cycles: Humans & other animals
Everyday materials – identify & group materials, compare their suitability for different uses
Squashing, bending, twisting & stretching
Light and Shadows
Rock and soils
Skeletons, digestion and teeth
Forces & Magnets
Properties of materials
States of matter
Plants including classification
Electricity and sound
Earth and beyond
Life cycles of humans and other animals
Changes in materials including dissolving and filtering
The Circulatory system- functions.
The Digestive system – parts and functions
The Respiratory system
Forces – The Slippery Sledge
Diet & exercise
Adaptation, Evolution & human intervention
Living things and their habitats. Classification of plants and animals including micro-organisms.