This unit covers the Victorian Curriculum F-10 and the Australian Curriculum relevant to Science appropriate to primary schooling, and scientific content knowledge and processes. The unit aims to develop your knowledge, application and confidence to plan for, and engage students in rich, meaningful and well-managed learning experiences in Primary Science.
You will examine a range of perspectives on science content and ways of knowing in order to develop your understanding of how knowledge construction is shaped by culture and beliefs. Particular attention will be given to dominant social, Christian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives with the objective of understanding and respecting students’ diversities and creating inclusive science learning experiences. Through this you will engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, knowledge and practices related to scientific concepts and phenomenon.
You will review critically a range of pedagogical approaches, including constructive and inquiry-based learning, for engaging students and supporting their active participation and learning in Science. You will develop a range of strategies to challenge misconceptions, and assist students in articulating, representing and testing mental and scientific models, organise and process ideas, and develop their ability to think and work scientifically. The unit covers authentic assessment strategies for formal and informal diagnostic, formative and summative assessment of science content.
The unit explores integrated curriculum as an approach to deepening learning in Science. You will learn how to address literacy and numeracy learning relevant to Science, as well as intentionally integrating skills and knowledge, such as reading, interpreting and creating texts in relevant genres. The unit integrates cross-curriculum priority areas, Sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, as well as integrating Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, and Intercultural capabilities.
* Perspectives on Science content, knowledge creation and ways of knowing
* Understanding and using the Victorian Curriculum F-10 and Australian Curriculum for Science relevant to primary schooling, cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities
* Scientific concepts (Key concepts related to the primary curriculum will be covered, one per class)
* Learning theory and pedagogy – constructivism and inquiry-based learning
* Scientific inquiry – thinking and working scientifically
* Planning for formal and informal diagnostic, formative and summative assessment in Science
* Literacy and numeracy learning relevant to Science
* Differentiated and inclusive practices in Science for diverse learners
* Developing a range of teaching and communication strategies and resources, including ICT to support engagement and participation in Science
* Planning lesson sequences and units of work in Science
* Organising and managing Science learning environments and experiences