Teaching Science in the Primary Years
Get ready to teach science in primary school. You’ll learn key approaches, tools and strategies. Focus on three strands of the Australian science curriculum: chemistry, physics and biology. Go over successful classroom management strategies.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- apply discipline knowledge of the concepts, substance and structure of the content of the three strands of the science curriculum to plan inquiry-based teaching and learning experiences and assessments that will impact on student learning
- design science-based learning activities that support the ethical, safe and appropriate use of technology in teaching and learning
- integrate knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to develop differentiated teaching and learning experiences that support and challenge all students in primary science
- research sources in order to select appropriate resources to support science teaching and learning in primary school
- Science literacy
- Science Curriculum: The three strands
- Teaching strategies
- Programming and planning
- The Science learning environment
In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:
- Other requirements -
Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software.
This subject prepares pre-service teachers to teach science in primary schools by exploring the three strands of the science curriculum. It integrates appropriate technology tools and strategies and inquiry-based learning approaches. It develops science knowledge as well as teaching and learning practices in science in primary school contexts.
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- Planning exercise for Primary Science (60%)
- Report related to Inquiry Learning (40%)
Current study term: 29 May 22 to 28 Aug 22
Teaching Primary Science Constructively
Skamp, K. and Preston, C.