Science provides an empirical way of answering interesting and
important questions about the biological, physical and
technological world. Science is a dynamic, collaborative and
creative human endeavour arising from our desire to make sense of
our world by exploring the unknown, investigating universal
mysteries, making predictions and solving problems.
Our Science program provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important scientific concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, the contribution of science to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. It also supports students in developing
the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues.
The Science program at Essendon Primary aims to:
-Develop student interest in science as a means of expanding their curiosity, willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live
-Develop and increase student understanding of the nature of living things, of the Earth and its place in the cosmos, and of the physical and chemical processes that explain the behaviour of all material things.
-Develop and deepen skills in scientific inquiry and the ability to use a range of scientific inquiry methods, including questioning, planning and conducting experiments and investigations based on ethical principles, collecting and analysing data, evaluating results, and drawing critical, evidence-based conclusions
-Develop skills in communicating scientific understandings and findings to a range of audiences, justifying ideas on the basis of evidence, and evaluating and debating scientific arguments and claims.
-Develop students ability to solve problems and make informed, evidence-based decisions about current and future applications of science while taking into account ethical and social implications of decisions.
-Develop student understanding of historical and cultural contributions to science as well as contemporary science issues and activities and an understanding of the diversity of careers related to science.
Each class has one Science session per week. This year in Science, Grades Prep to 2 will be learning about materials and their properties, living things and their features, weather and seasonal changes and the way that lights and sounds can be produced. Grade 3/4 will be focussing on how temperature impacts different materials, the observable features in living and non-living things, fair testing and how the earths rotation and axis causes changes. Grade 5/6 will be developing and deepening their understanding of observable properties in gases, liquids and solids, adaptations and structural features that help living things survive, planets and the earths place in the solar system and the way that light can be absorbed, reflected and refracted.