Science at Spearwood Primary School
Science is a key learning area and is taught by our classroom teachers. The school has a Specialist Science laboratory next to the undercover area. Teachers take the opportunities to integrate the Science topics into other learning areas when they teach this learning area.
Spearwood Primary School has implemented ‘Inquisitive’ as the main teaching and learning program in years pre-primary to Year 6. The Kindergarten use the “Planting the Seeds of Science” program.
These programs develop the Scientific inquiry skills of students to learn the content topics of:
- Biological Sciences
- Chemical Science
- Earth and Space Science
- Physical Sciences.
The Western Australian Curriculum: Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of:
- Science concepts and processes
- The practices used to develop scientific knowledge
- Science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives.
The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.
The science curriculum promotes six overarching ideas that highlight certain common approaches to a scientific view of the world and which can be applied to many of the areas of science understanding.
These overarching ideas are:
- Order and organization
- Form and function
- Stability and change
- Systems; scale and measurement
- Matter and energy.
Every Inquisitive Science lesson starts with a key inquiry question from the curriculum that ignites curiosity. Scaffolded learning activities provide rich opportunities for student voice, collaboration, and discussion.
Each lesson is supported by engaging stimulus, such as eBooks, videos, maps, interactives and more. Differentiated learning activities make it easy to provide a range of challenges and meet the needs of every learner.
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