The Victorian Curriculum: Science has two 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, Physical Sciences, and Science as a Human Endeavour. Learning occurs through different stages, utilising the following structure:
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.
Prep – Grade 2
Curriculum focus: Students will develop an awareness of how people use science in their daily lives
Learning will focus on:
Grades 3 – 6
Curriculum focus (Grades 3 and 4): recognising how science knowledge can assist people to understand the effects of their actions
Curriculum focus (Grades 5 and 6): recognising that understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives
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.
The main features of the Primary Connections program include:
For further information about this curriculum, refer to the website below.
Each year level complements the Primary Connections units with additional resources, such as videos, and other engaging mediums, to enable students to gain a more comprehensive understanding of each science unit.
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.
Jeremy Cadusch and Julie-Anne Bouras
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