Australian Curriculum: Science
The Australian Curriculum: Science has three interconnected strands:
As a result of the interconnection between the strands, students learn to understand their world through scientific eyes, and develop skills that they can use to refine their scientific knowledge. They are challenged to explore science and its concepts, as well as uses, by focusing on inquiry-based learning and processes.
The main subject areas that students focus on are Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences and Physical Sciences. Learning occurs through different stages, utilising the structure of the e5 Instructional Model:
Below is an overview of the curriculum focus for each year level, and the students’ focus in understanding their world from a scientific point of view.
Foundation – Level 2 (Formerly ‘Prep to Year 2’; AusVELS F – 2.0)
Curriculum focus: Students will develop an awareness of self and the local world
Learning will focus on:
Levels 3 – 6 (Year 3 to Year 6; AusVELS 2.5 – 6.0)
Curriculum focus: recognising questions that can be investigated scientifically and investigating them
Refer to the website for more detail about each strand.
At Albert Park Primary School, we aim to ensure that all students have opportunities to learn about scientific concepts in a safe, challenging and engaging environment. The focus throughout the school is for all students to gain a sound understanding of scientific concepts and how these relate to their lives. To assist in this process, we are utilising the Australian Academy of Science - Primary Connections resources, that link science with literacy, and enable students to achieve a comprehensive grasp of the basic scientific principles, using the e5 Instruction Model.
The main features of the Primary Connections program include:
For further information about this curriculum, refer to the website below.
Details about each year level’s Science unit can be found on their year level information pages on this website. Be sure to read them and ask your child’s teacher for further information, if required.
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