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Science / Year 3 / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science

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Curriculum content descriptions

Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)

Elaborations
  • considering how heating affects materials used in everyday life
  • investigating how science helps people such as nurses, doctors, dentists, mechanics and gardeners
  • considering how materials including solids and liquids affect the environment in different ways
  • deciding what characteristics make a material a pollutant
  • researching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people‚Äôs knowledge of the local natural environment, such as the characteristics of plants and animals
General capabilities
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Human impact,  Causality

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