Science / Year 1 / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science

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Curriculum content descriptions

People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022)

Elaborations
  • considering how science is used in activities such as cooking, fishing, transport, sport, medicine and caring for plants and animals
  • considering that technologies used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people require an understanding of how materials can be used to make tools and weapons, musical instruments, clothing, cosmetics and artworks
  • exploring how musical instruments can be used to produce different sounds
  • comparing how different light sources are used in daily life
  • identifying ways that science knowledge is used in the care of the local environment such as animal habitats, and suggesting changes to parks and gardens to better meet the needs of native animals
General capabilities
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Environmental management,  Technology,  Lifestyles

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Fruit, vegetable, crops - unit 5

This is a teacher resource that contains a program outline, student activities, an interactive game, and links to images and videos relevant to teaching primary students about growing and processing fruits, vegetables and crops in a variety of settings including the farm, laboratory and classroom. The program outline and ...

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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.

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Farming and the seasons (the farming story) - unit 2

This is a teacher resource that contains items for planning lessons about farming life and the seasons. It contains a simple program outline and supporting documents that can be downloaded or printed for students, including a story map broken into seasons, a table of farm activities and suitable clothes by season, a tree ...

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Making a rain gauge

How do you feel about the rain? This clip explains why rain is so important to farmers. You will see how to make a rain gauge and use it to measure how much rain falls. Farmers measure rainfall so they know when to do different jobs on their farms.

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Farm animals - unit 4

This is a teacher resource that contains a program outline, student activities, and links to images and videos relevant to teaching primary students about farm animals that are raised for food and fibre, with a particular focus on livestock needs and farming technologies. The program outline and supporting documents can ...

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Animals that like wet weather

Imagine a place where it rains most of the time. What sort of creatures might live there? This clip shows a very wet place where the animals need lots of water to survive.

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Royal Agricultural Show: primary school resources

This is a teacher resource containing items relevant to planning lessons and teaching primary students about food and fibre production. It contains a program overview, an Agricultural Resources Links document providing links to useful external sites and resources, and eight study units - each containing a program outline ...

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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 ...

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Effects of dry weather

What do you feel like when the weather is hot and dry? Discover what happens to the land during dry weather. Look at how the landscape changes at different times of the year.

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Changing lands and skies

Like the Australian Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples, this unit of work places a strong emphasis on the observation of familiar events and changes as a way of understanding, valuing and protecting our lands and skies. Students become familiar with some of the observable features of natural, managed ...

Interactive Resource

NSW ecosystems on show

This resource highlights fifteen natural ecosystems found in New South Wales. Each resource has been designed for students investigating ecosystem types in NSW, providing a greater understanding of their location, function, how they are impacted by human activity and how schools and communities can work to protect them. ...

Interactive Resource

Worm world: app for iPad

This is an iPad app of an animated worm composting system containing worms that must be fed appropriate food items in order to produce fertiliser to grow food and earn treats. The soil moisture and acidity levels must be managed and if the wrong food items get through, rodents may appear. This app includes sound that may ...

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Why do cows make milk?

Have you ever wondered why cows make milk? In this clip you will learn the answer to this question. You will also see how cows are milked in a large dairy. Join Bill, a dairy farmer, as he tends to his herd of dairy cows.

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Learn About Wool: Foundation Year - Year 2 resources

This website provides resources that allow students to explore how sheep are managed sustainably to produce wool, understand how wool producers use science to ensure their flocks are healthy, compare the lifecycle, needs and survival features of sheep with their own, and investigate the unique properties of wool that make ...

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Where does bread come from?

Do you know where your bread comes from? Discover how many other foods can be made from wheat flour. This clip tells the story of wheat from the farm to the factory. See how the big machines in a flour mill make flour from grains of wheat.

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Growing apples

Do you like eating apples? This clip shows where apples are grown. Learn how the apple farmer (orchardist) looks after the apple trees so they can grow lots of healthy fruit.