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Curriculum content descriptions

Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (ACSSU003)

Elaborations
  • sorting and grouping materials on the basis of observable properties such as colour, texture and flexibility
  • thinking about how the materials used in buildings and shelters are suited to the local environment
  • investigating different forms of clothing used for different activities
  • comparing the traditional materials used for clothing from around the world
ScOT terms

Materials,  Properties of matter

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: What's it made of?

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the properties of materials of objects in the school and classroom environment through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Senses are used to explore and describe unseen objects, comparisons are made of objects of different materials and objects are classified ...

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: That’s my hat!

This comprehensive teacher resource focuses on the properties of everyday materials. Students explore the effect of changing the type of materials used on the observable properties of an object, such as changing the materials used for the brim of a hat to make the hat more or less sun safe. They investigate the effect of ...

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Sam the Lamb: properties of wool

This short video, narrated by ‘Sam the Lamb’ and a group of young wool enthusiasts, explores the properties of one of nature’s most versatile fibres. Viewers will discover how wool can stretch and return to its natural shape when worn; why wool is safe to wear around campfires and in the sun, and how wool can manages moisture ...

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Sam the Lamb: what is wool?

This short video, narrated by Sam the Lamb and a group of young woolgrowers, explores where wool comes from, how it grows and how it protects sheep in all kinds of weather. Viewers will discover what wool looks it, how it feels and how woolgrowers harvest their sheep’s woolly fleece each year…and how it grows back again.

Teacher resource

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 ...

Teacher resource

Identifying metals and non-metals - teacher resource

This resource is a professional learning package designed for pre-service teachers. It demonstrates and investigates the interrelated content, pedagogy and technology knowledge used in a series of science lessons that focus on the properties of metals and non-metals. The resource provides video footage of a teacher teaching ...

Interactive resource

Explore the weather [includes spoken instructions]

Choose clothing suited to the weather conditions: sunny, windy, rainy and snowing. Describe today's weather.

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News story [includes spoken instructions]

Explore where newspapers come from and go to. Follow the production cycle of a newspaper: forest plantation, paper mill, printing press, newsagents, readers, waste paper and recycling. Look at how planting trees and recycling paper help the environment.

Interactive resource

Explore the weather [no spoken instructions]

Choose clothing suited to the weather conditions: sunny, windy, rainy and snowing. Describe today's weather.

Teacher resource

From rain to river - unit of work

This unit of work is designed to help younger students know and understand the importance of water to living things, the water cycle and that water is a precious resource.

Interactive resource

Experience the weather [no spoken instructions]

Explore weather variations in four different environments: desert, mountains, rainforest and polar. Dress a character in clothing suited to the weather conditions: sunny, windy, rainy or snowing.

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Volcanoes [includes spoken instructions]

Look at photos of active volcanoes. Direct a robot as it is lowered inside a volcano. Measure temperature changes and look at rock structures. Collect rock samples from the crater, vent, column and magma chamber. Match the samples with their original locations.

Interactive resource

News story [no spoken instructions]

Explore where newspapers come from and go to. Follow the production cycle of a newspaper: forest plantation, paper mill, printing press, newsagents, readers, waste paper and recycling. Look at how planting trees and recycling paper help the environment.

Teacher resource

Water for life - unit of work

The unit of work is designed to help younger students know and understand the importance of water to living things and that water is a precious resource.

Teacher resource

MoneySmart: Pancakes can make a difference

This is a unit of work integrating aspects of the mathematics, English and science curriculums around a student fundraising event. The resource is intended for the early years. It consists of 15 student activities supported by teacher notes on the curriculum, pedagogy and assessment of the unit. Student activities include ...

Teacher resource

The water cycle - unit of work

This unit of work is designed to help younger students know and understand the importance of the water cycle and that water is a precious resource.

Teacher resource

Primary science: scientific inquiry

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'scientific inquiry' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers facilitate the procedures ...

Interactive Resource

The Orb

The Orb is a collection of multimedia learning resources about Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures. It explores the interconnections between people, Country, culture, identity, and the living community. The multimedia resources have between three and five sections in which Tasmanian Aboriginal people share their ...

Teacher resource

Water is precious - unit of work

This unit of work is designed to help younger students know and understand the importance of water to living things and that water is a precious resource.

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Cotton Australia photo library

This is a library of freely reusable photos and videos of the modern Australian cotton industry. Photos and videos are of the farms, practices, crop and the technology used to grow and process the cotton crop. They include the plant at various stages, flowers, bolls, farm machinery like pickers and seeders, bales and cotton gins.