The science inquiry skills and science as a human endeavour strands are described across a two-year band. In their planning, schools and teachers refer to the expectations outlined in the achievement standard and also to the content of the science understanding strand for the relevant year level to ensure that these two strands are addressed over the two-year period. The three strands of the curriculum are interrelated and their content is taught in an integrated way. The order and detail in which the content descriptions are organised into teaching and learning programs are decisions to be made by the teacher.
Incorporating the key ideas of science
Over Years 3 to 6, students develop their understanding of a range of systems operating at different time and geographic scales.
In Year 4, 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 canât be seen with the naked eye. They begin to appreciate that current systems, such as Earthâs 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.
By the end of Year 4, students apply the observable properties of materials to explain how objects and materials can be used. They describe how contact and non-contact forces affect interactions between objects. They discuss how natural processes and human activity cause changes to 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 understand the effect of their actions.
Students follow instructions to identify investigable questions about familiar contexts and make predictions based on prior knowledge. They describe ways to conduct investigations and safely use equipment to make and record observations with accuracy. They use provided tables and column graphs to organise data and identify patterns. Students suggest explanations for observations and compare their findings with their predictions. They suggest reasons why a test was fair or not. They use formal and informal ways to communicate their observations and findings.
Teach your students about life cycles of plants and animals with this 19-slide teaching presentation.
Learn about the difference between a food chain and a food web with this 18-slide teaching presentation.
Piece together the life cycle of a tree with this cut and paste worksheet.
A poster highlighting the weathering and erosion process.
Help your students cement their understanding of the plant life cycle with this interactive game.
Organise, record and display information about the life cycle of a frog with these activity templates.
Display this set of science vocabulary posters in your classroom when learning about food chains and food webs.
Reinforce science vocabulary by creating a booklet to reference when studying food chains and food webs.
Six educational posters describing types of Terrestrial Ecosystems.
Discover the difference between processed and natural materials with an instructional slide show.
Compare and contrast different types of renewable energy sources with a printable graphic organiser.
Learn about natural and manmade materials with a printable resource pack.
A poster of the world map featuring 64 species and subspecies that are on the critically endangered list.
Sort producers, consumers and decomposers, with this cut and paste science worksheet.
An inquiry project that encourages students to research animals and their habitats and design a reptile house in a theme park.
69 weathering and erosion related vocabulary cards for a word wall.
A teaching presentation introducing the students to magnetism as a non-contact force.
A teaching presentation introducing the students to the different types of force.
A 19-slide editable PowerPoint template about floods and their impact on communities.
A 17 slide PowerPoint to use when teaching your students about how to make a fair test in Science.
A teaching presentation investigating the effect of contact and non-contact forces on the movement of objects in traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s instructive toys and games.
A science experiment which investigates rolling friction and the properties of various materials and shapes.
Display this set of 22 mini-posters in your classroom when learning about force and motion vocabulary.
The Earthly Word Search uses scientific vocabulary in a fun way!
Introduce your students to the different types of materials with a pack of printable anchor charts.
An educational poster showing the structure of the Earth.
Sixty-nine natural disaster related vocabulary cards for a word wall.
A set of educational posters with information about types of rock.
Reinforce science vocabulary with this set of 22 force and motion vocabulary puzzles.
A teaching presentation in which the students investigate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' knowledge and use of physics.
A poster explaining the roles of the Sun, producers, consumers, and decomposers in the food chain.
Show your students the types of pollution and their effects with an instructional slide deck.