Woodlands Primary School
10 Gum Nut Dr, Langwarrin VIC 3910
Tel: 03 97888333
Absent Line: 03 9788 8396

               

 

Science

The science program at Woodlands is based on the Australian Science Curriculum centering on the areas of Science Understanding, Science as a Human endeavor and Science Inquiry Skills.

Each year level from year 2-6 has a weekly hour-long science lesson and the Foundation and Year 1 level alternate their semester with music.

Science lessons are conducted under the broad topics of:

Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Earth & Space Sciences and Nature and Development of Science.

The focus on science lessons is largely hands on, to engage students and develop their inquiry and observational skills.

Students develop their understanding of a range of systems operating at different time and geographic scales, students broaden their understanding of classification and form and function through an exploration of the properties of natural and processed materials. They learn that forces include non contact forces and begin to appreciate that some interactions result from phenomena that can’t be seen with the naked eye. They begin to appreciate that current systems, such as Earth’s surface, have characteristics that have resulted from past changes and that living things form part of systems. They understand that some systems change in predictable ways, such as through cycles.

They apply their knowledge to make predictions based on interactions within systems, including those involving the actions of humans.

They use contact and noncontact forces to describe interactions between objects. They discuss how natural and human processes cause changes to the Earth’s surface. They describe relationships that assist the survival of living things and sequence key stages in the life cycle of a plant or animal. They identify when science is used to ask questions and make predictions. They describe situations where science understanding can influence their own and others’ actions.

Students follow instructions to identify investigable questions about familiar contexts and predict likely outcomes from investigations. They discuss ways to conduct investigations and safely use equipment to make and record observations.

They use provided tables and simple column graphs to organise their data and identify patterns in data. Students suggest explanations for observations and compare their findings with their predictions. They suggest reasons why their methods were fair or not. They complete simple reports to communicate their methods and findings.