We believe that:
- Science is concerned with investigating and understanding the world around us.
- Science is an integral part of life.
Science is necessary for all students so they can:
- Understand the world in which they live
- Value the system and processes that support life on the planet
- Take an active and contributory role in their society.
- Through scientific investigations all students can experience the satisfaction and excitement of learning about our remarkable evironment and technological world.
- The study of science in an educational setting develops specific cognitive skills, understandings, and concepts.
- Science provides a preparation for diversity of occupations and lifestyles.
- Science develops students' skills in problem solving, analysis, synthesising, information gathering and research.
- Science provides students with a knowledge and understanding of their physical and living environment and people's interaction with it, thus develop an understanding of our responsibility as stewards of creation.
- Science develops students' understanding of principles of scientific investigation.
During 2012 we are implementing the Australian Curriculum: Science. This involves much professional learning by all teachers. The Australian Curriculum: Science has three interrelated strands: Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills.
Together, the three strands of the science curriculum provide students with understanding, knowledge and skills through which they can develop a scientific view of the world. Students are challenged to explore science, its concepts, nature and uses through clearly described inquiry processes. These strands are broken down into the following substrands for teaching focus across all year levels:
|Science Understanding||Science as a Human Endeavour||Science Inquiry Skills|
Earth and space sciences
Nature and development of science
Use andinfluence of science
Questioning and predicting
Planning and conducting
Processing and analysing data and information
At St Benedict's a major source document for our Science Curriculum is Primary Connections. The Primary Connections Program is a Science curriculum that incorporates all strands of the Australian Curriculum: Science and provides 'hands-on' teaching & learning opportunities that focus on the development of Science Inquiry Skills. It is a program that has been developed with thorough research, testing and support from the Australian Government.