Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers. (k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au)
Science is broken into two strands:
Human Endeavour: Science knowledge and applications affect peoples’ lives, including their work, and how Science is influenced by society and can be used to inform decisions and actions.
- Questioning and predicting
- Planning and conducting
- Processing and analysing data and information
At EFPS, Science is often integrated across a number of curriculum areas including Technology, English and Maths (STEM). As a whole school we utilise ‘Primary Connections’ and have a well-resourced Science room that is equipped with a wide variety of materials which allows our students to participate in hands on investigations.
Our school participates in some important related issues:
- Waterwise recognised school
- Actively recycle our paper and cardboard
- Waste free lunch days
- Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program including composting, worm farm and harvesting and cooking our own food products.
- Science Week activities
- School membership with Scitech
The expertise in our community is regularly utilised to make links between Science at school and the real world. This includes engineers, geologists, electricians and inventors as examples.
Our students in Year 6 are involved in a transition program in Term 4 where they visit JCCA and participate in a series of 5 lessons. This is a great opportunity for the students to work in a Science laboratory and have their first experience in a high school. The Science teachers at JCCA have commented on the impact that working collaboratively with EFPS staff and students has had on the standard of their inquiry skills.