CURRICULUM - Science

Science curriculum covers four areas.

 

  • Living Things.
  • Earth and Space.
  • Chemical Science.
  • Physical Science.

 

Our Science program is taught through a suite of units across Foundation to Year 6 that fully align to all strands of the Science Curriculum. Each curriculum unit provides practical advice on implementing our inquiry-based teaching and learning approach to develop one Science Understanding. The units combine hands-on investigations, evidence-based reasoning and collaborative group work to build skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century.

Our Science program has an explicit focus on developing students knowledge, skills, understanding and capacities in science and literacy. Units employ a range of strategies to encourage students to think about and to represent science. Students learn to represent their understanding of science concepts, processes and skills. Students use their everyday literacy and numeracy knowledge and apply this to the science concepts whilst building new understandings. Science provides authentic contexts and meaningful purposes for literacy and numeracy learning, and also provides opportunities to develop a wider range of skills.

At Glen Huon we have a range of Science Enrichment Programs to make science engaging whilst enhancing and building upon classroom learning. Our Eco village and outside learning classroom promote STEAM (Science/ Technology/ Empathy/ Art and Mathematics), Active Learning, Mental and Social Well Being.

Eco Warriors Year 1 and 2.

Learn about microorganism as Science learning starts with the smallest living things. The focus on biology in the Eco Village and ug Shelters is culminated at the Arts Extravaganza at the end of year and highlights the students learning in the Natural Environment.

Rangers Year 3 and 4.

Learn formal measurement while checking our frog ponds population. Students build upon their Eco Warrior knowledge with invertebrates, classification and identification. Propagation and plant cycle are explored with the focus on data collection and variables into the cooler months. STEAM is pursued with Earth and Space models applying cognitive function skills in these year groups.

Science and Sustainability Kids (SSK) Year 5 and 6

Learn about energy and new technologies. Thermal garden wall, worm on waste (WOW) are hands on science learning projects with opportunities for leadership. Students research projects begin the journey towards independent learning with inclusion of the Kids Teach Kids National initiative. Our students are invited to present and network on the year's theme with other schools. Sharing topics on environment, climate and habitat research in the professional suite of the Dolphin Discovery Centre, we then tour to see Science at work in the Marine Environment. STEAM, Digital Technologies and Sustainability are broader concepts at this year level. The focus is on the importance of children having positive experiences in nature to help them develop the fascination for the natural world that is the building block of curiosity and scientific mind.

Sustainability

Glen Huon Primary works annually for accreditation on State Wastewise school program. WA Sustainable Schools is Department of Education policy for school communities to work towards an Education for Sustainability.

The five focus areas for our focus as a school are:

 

  • Biodiversity: valuing protecting and replenishing Flora and Fauna.
  • Water: Conserving water and protecting health of our waterways and oceans.
  • Energy: Conserving energy and deriving supplies through renewable resources.
  • Transport and Air: Reducing Pollution/greenhouse gas emissions through the use of alternative modes.
  • Purchasing and Waste: Reducing consumption, choosing environmentally and or socially friendly products and managing waste systems.

 

Whole school contributions include Administration Team, Cleaning, Teachers, Education Assistance, P&C, Canteen to form the Ecological and Social Footprint rubric. 2016-2019 Snapshot, Statement for Sustainability, shares a responsibility to inform and deliver a wide range of new teaching and learning ideas on sustainability. Consolidating areas with phases of learning include national interests such as Water Week, Give a Can, and Science Week. The Sustainability Eco Footprint 2016-2019 GHP is on the school server and available for view. This snapshot was the undertaking of a working group to highlight achievements with developed and emerging practices for change across our school community.

Our Aim

Teach waste wise practices, with Climate Change while exploring new technologies and science. To work together for change continuing on successes over the 20-year period of Glen Huon Primary on Water, Waste Wise and, SAY NO to Plastic.

Our Statement

Nude Food is our flagship and whole school initiative. Students learn worm farm and waste management in our school Eco Village. Reducing litter in lunch boxes and bringing No Plastic to school is our commitment and school song... the balance of nature is in our hands.

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GHPS-Science-K-2.pdf