Science provides an empirical way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world. Science allows students to develop their scientific knowledge, understandings and skills. Studying science also allows students to experience the joy of scientific discovery and nurture their natural curiosity about the world around them.
At Sacred Heart School the "Primary Connections" program is implemented. It is aligned with the Australian Curriculum and combines two vital components: a professional learning program and supporting curriculum resources.
Primary Connections is an innovative and exciting approach linking the teaching of science with literacy. Primary Conncetions supports teachers to improve students' scientific literacy, as well as their learning coutcomes in both science and English. Linking science with literacy enriches the learning experience for students. It also supports an inquiry approach that connects science with students' everyday lives and each unit of work develops students skills of working scientifically as they undertake investigations and communicate their understanding about science. Science concepts are described in four conceptual strands:
- Earth and Space Sciences
- Physical Sciences
- Biological Sciences
- Chemical Sciences
By using this approach, our students are ensured to meet the aims of the Australian Curriculum:
- an interest in science as a means of expanding their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live
- an understanding of the vision that science provides 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
- an understanding of the nature of 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
- an ability to communicate scientific understanding and findings to a range of audiences, to justify ideas on the basis of evidence, and to evaluate and debate scientific arguments and claims
- an 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
- an 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
- a solid foundation of knowledge of the biological, chemical, physical, Earth and space sciences, including being able to select and integrate the scientific knowledge and methods needed to explain and predict phenomena, to apply that understanding to new situations and events, and to appreciate the dynamic nature of science knowledge.
Excerpts from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Science