Science / Year 1 / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science

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Curriculum content descriptions

Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE021)

Elaborations
  • jointly constructing questions about the events and features of the local environment with teacher guidance
  • recognising that descriptions of what we observe are used by people to help identify change
ScOT terms

Observations (Data),  Similarity (Classification)

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Schoolyard safari

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the external features of small animals and how their features help them survive in their habitats, through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Investigations into how a range of small animals move, feed and protect themselves are conducted, and comparisons ...

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Spot the difference

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, how heating and cooling change a substance's properties and whether the change is reversible. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for six structured lessons ...

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Look! Listen!

This comprehensive teacher resource explores sources of light and sound, how they are produced and how light and sound travel. The role of light and sound in our lives and our community is developed through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Eight structured lessons are included, with comprehensive ...

Interactive resource

Light and shadows

Look at how a tree makes a shadow during a sunny day. Notice that objects always casts shadows that face away from the Sun. Examine how the shape and position of a shadow is related to the time of day and position of the Sun. Explore the shadows cast by different objects such as a bike, an umbrella and a child. Position ...

Teacher resource

Little science

This is a collection of digital resources including image galleries, short videos, animations and an interactive designed for early-primary science. A teacher guide provides suggested classroom activities and questions framed around the Australian Curriculum. Teacher support videos include an early-primary teacher reflecting ...

Interactive resource

Pushing and pulling

Move animals from a boat to their new home in a zoo. Put them on a cart, then use monkeys to push or pull them up a hill. Use the minimum amount of force needed to move each animal. For example, use a single monkey to push a pelican or use three monkeys to pull a zebra. This learning object is a combination of three objects ...

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Up, down and all around

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, about the changes that occur to natural, managed and constructed environments. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that form ...

Interactive resource

Light and shadows: casting shadows

Look at how a tree makes a shadow during a sunny day. Notice that objects always casts shadows that face away from the Sun. Examine how the shape and position of a shadow is related to the time of day and position of the Sun. Explore the shadows cast by different objects such as a bike, an umbrella and a child. Position ...

Interactive resource

Light and shadows: matching shadows

Look at how a tree makes a shadow during a sunny day. Notice that objects always casts shadows that face away from the Sun. Examine how the shape and position of a shadow is related to the time of day and position of the Sun. Match the shadows cast by different objects such as a bike, an umbrella and a child. Complete pictures ...

Teacher resource

Where does the sun go at night?

This sequence of resources focuses on investigating day and night, the movement of the sun across the sky, shadows and the moon. Observing the difference between the day and night sky and the movement of the sun across the sky at regularly time intervals provides data collection activities for students.

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Changes all around

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on the observable properties of the sky and landscape in their local environment. They observe changes of different scales and time scales and classify changes as natural, constructed or managed. Students investigate the impact of people, compare features of objects before and ...

Moving Image

How do you know when rain is coming?

How can you tell when rain is on the way? Some animals seem to know when wet weather is coming. This clip explains some different ways that people can tell it's going to rain.

Moving Image

From the dairy to the shop

Have you ever wondered about the steps involved in getting milk from a cow to you? This clip tells the story of milk, from the dairy farm to the supermarket. Discover where cream comes from and how milk is made safe to drink.

Teacher resource

Plasticine investigators: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This online resource introduces concepts of physical change. Students investigate the physical changes made to plasticine when it is manipulated in different ways, including the softening of the material by warming.

Interactive resource

Let's make it go: at the park

Connect machines and devices with the energy sources that make them work. Identify what powers things such as a sprinkler, lawn mower, solar light or toy car. Choose from energy sources such as Sun, wind, water, batteries, electricity, gas or petrol. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Make it go: energy change: assessment

Find out what you know about energy and how it changes. Complete a flow chart to show energy changes by identifying the energy source and the energy output of some machines. View and print a report on your work. This assessment object is one in a series of two objects.

Interactive resource

Let's make it go: backyard

Connect machines and devices with the energy sources that make them work. Identify what powers things such as a lawnmower, wind chimes, solar water heater, barbecue or portable drill. Choose from energy sources such as Sun, wind, water, batteries, electricity, gas or petrol. This learning object is one in a series of three ...

Teacher resource

Where the wild things grow

This sequence of five lessons explores plant adaptation and the unique features that enable them to survive. The picture book 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak is used to engage students in a inquiry-based investigation that draws on current photosynthesis research. The unit includes easy to set and see science ...

Teacher resource

Carbon is child's play

Carbon is all around us and makes up every living thing. This unit investigates the basic science of carbon in living things and build awareness of the science of the carbon cycle and its importance to our daily lives and the planet. The unit includes PDF resources and video quiz challenges for teachers and student and ...

Interactive resource

Let's make it go

Connect machines and devices with the energy sources that make them work. Look around a park, backyard or kitchen. Identify what powers things such as a car, wind chimes, solar water heater, barbecue or torch. Choose from energy sources such as Sun, wind, water, batteries, electricity, gas or petrol. This learning object ...