The Primary Science curriculum at Creekside is structured following the Victorian Curriculum. It is taught from Foundation to Year 6, with children in each year level studying Science with a specialist teacher for one semester. For the alternate semester, Science is taught by the classroom teacher as part of the class’s Integrated Studies units.
Primary Science is based on observation and testing to answer questions and solve problems related to the real world. Students develop an understanding of scientific concepts, processes and skills, use a range of scientific inquiry methods and apply their learnings to their own lives. The main focus is to develop critical and creative thinkers who work collaboratively in teams and draw evidence based conclusions through discovery and experimentation.
The specialist Science program is outlined below:
|Objects can be sorted into groups based on their properties, and some objects can be mixed and changed.
|The shape of objects will affect how they move.
|Objects are made of materials that have observable properties.
|Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed.
|Everyday materials can be physically changed or combined with other materials in a variety of ways for particular purposes.
|The way objects move depends on a variety of factors including their size and shape: a push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape.
|Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things.
|Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another; a change in the temperature of an object is related to the gain or loss of heat by the object.
|Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive.
|Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance.
|Solids, liquids and gases behave in different ways and have observable properties that help to classify them.
|Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted.
|Changes to materials can be reversible, including melting, freezing, evaporating, or irreversible, including burning and rusting.
|Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy.
Students are also given the opportunity to participate in extra curricula Science activities such as the Science Talent Search, Science Club and a Science Reading Club.