During these years students will have the opportunity to develop ideas about science that relate to their life and living. A broad range of science concepts will be explored. Within these, the unifying ideas of patterns, systems, cause and effect, and evidence and explanation will be developed.
In the early years of primary school, students will tend to use a trial-and-error approach to their science investigations. As they progress through these years, the expectation is that they will begin to work in a more systematic way. The notion of a ‘fair test’ and the idea of variables will be developed, as well as other forms of science inquiry. Understanding the importance of measurement will also be fostered.
At AJ Tutoring Specialists we provide an evidenced-based approach which is effective in guiding teaching and learning of science because it supports active, constructivist learning; students draw on their prior knowledge, pose questions, participate in hands-on experiences, and conduct exploratory and formal investigations, to develop their own explanations about scientific phenomena. Students are given opportunities to represent and re-represent their developing understanding using literacy skills. They are actively engaged in the learning process. Students develop science inquiry skills and an understanding of the nature of science.
At AJ Tutoring Specialists our teachers engage their students' interests, probe and assess their science understanding and facilitate the development of their scientific literacy skills. To do so, they use familiar and novel contexts to provide opportunities for students to make connections between different science content areas.