The West Australian Curriculum: Science has three interrelated strands: Science Understanding,
Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills.
Together, the three strands of the science curriculum provide students with understanding,
knowledge and skills through which they can develop a scientific view of the world.
Students are challenged to explore science, its concepts, nature and uses through clearly
described inquiry processes.
The West Australian Curriculum: Science aims to ensure that students develop:
- an interest in science as a means of expanding their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live
- an understanding of the vision that science provides of the nature of living things, of the Earth and its place in the cosmos, and of the physical and chemical processes that explain the behaviour of all material things
- an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and the ability to use a range of scientific inquiry methods, including questioning; planning and conducting experiments and investigations based on ethical principles; collecting and analysing data; evaluating results; and drawing critical, evidence-based conclusions
- an ability to communicate scientific understanding and findings to a range of audiences, to justify ideas on the basis of evidence, and to evaluate and debate scientific arguments and claims
- an ability to solve problems and make informed, evidence-based decisions about current and future applications of science while taking into account ethical and social implications of decisions
- an understanding of historical and cultural contributions to science as well as contemporary science issues and activities and an understanding of the diversity of careers related to science
- a solid foundation of knowledge of the biological, chemical, physical, Earth and space sciences, including being able to select and integrate the scientific knowledge and methods needed to explain and predict phenomena, to apply that understanding to new situations and events, and to appreciate the dynamic nature of science knowledge.
At Wattle Grove, Science is an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of important
concepts, processes and the practices used to develop scientific knowledge.
It is also about its contribution to our society and the variety of applications in our lives.
Science is all encompassing across biological, physical and technological aspects of life.
Through science education, children develop the ability to grow in knowledge, understanding
and skills, to make informed decisions about world issues.
Through investigation, hands on learning, discovery, exploration and practical activities, children
at Wattle Grove develop a strong basis for science throughout their schooling.