Science is a wonderful subject to develop the key skills of curiosity, perseverance, reflecting and thinking! At Banyan Fields, we aim for science to be as practical as possible, and as meaningful to everyday life as we can. As such, children enjoy science and the opportunities it brings for group work, investigation and knowledge acquisition; children love learning about how the world 'works'.
Our primary aim in science is clear; we want children to be able to question about the world around them - and have strategies available to them in order to answer that question. These strategies could include investigation skills, but also the ability to use ICT in order to develop their thinking and knowledge is a prime focus of current science learning. We use the class set of iPads for research skills, adding information to student Seesaw accounts, creating animations on Scratch all of which add to their increased skill set in the digi-tech curriculum.
Across the school, children follow the content of the Victorian Curriculum. From here, we will determine the ‘I can statements’ from the curriculum and the students will work towards these each lesson.
Science at Banyan Fields Primary School
Juniors - Foundation to Year 2
Students will be learning about why objects are made of different materials and how they are suited to particular jobs. We will learn that It is important to distinguish between an object and the material of which it is made. For example, a wheel is an object that can be made of the materials rubber, and steel. The properties of rubber that make it useful are its durability and elasticity. The property of steel is its strength and rigidity. Combining these two materials produces an object with a specific purpose, which utilises the properties of the materials of which it is made.
Students will be predicting and comparing how the shapes of objects made from different materials can be physically changed through different actions, for example, bending, stretching and twisting. We will learn why different parts of everyday objects such as toys and clothes are made from different materials
Students will be learning that living things have basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are that these needs must be met in order to survive.We will learn that living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves. We will explore the different characteristics of the life stages in animals, for example, butterflies or frogs.
We will look at the way an object moves depends upon a variety of factors including their size and shape. We will also look at how a push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape. Students will learn about light and sound and how they are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed.
Earth and Space sciences
We will look at recording short and longer term patterns of events that occur on Earth and in the sky, for example, the appearance of the moon and stars at night, the weather and the seasons. As well as linking changes in the daily weather to the way we modify our behaviour and dress for different conditions. We will investigate how changes in the weather might affect animals such as pets, animals that hibernate, or migratory animals. We will identify Earth’s resources, including water, soil and minerals, and describing how they are used at school and in the home. We will consider what might happen to humans if there were a change in a familiar available resource, for example, water. We will discover ways that can conserve resources, for example, turning off dripping taps.
Middle Years - Year 3 and 4
Earth and Space science
We will be focused on learning about the Sun, Earth and moon and finding out more information about the other planets within our Solar System. We will understand that Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day. We will also learn that the Earth’s surface can change as a result of natural processes such as flooding.
We will learn about heat and the many ways it can be produced as well as temperature gain and loss. Secondly, we will learn about forces and how they are exerted.
Students will understand that a change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat. We will learn that natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use.
Students will learn that we group living things on the basis of observable features and will identify variations in the features of animals, for example, body covering, ear shapes or number of legs and we can distinguish them from nonliving things. Students will identify that different organisms have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive.
Seniors - Year 5 and 6
Students will learn about the various forms of energy and how it can come from a variety of sources. Students will understand that energy can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy. Students will also discover more about light and how it can form shadows, be absorbed, reflected and refracted.
Students will look at how the states of solids, liquids and gases differ. We will also look at how we can classify or categorise each state of matter based upon their observable properties. Students will look at how changes to materials can be reversible, including melting, freezing, evaporating, or irreversible, including burning and rusting.
Students will learn that living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment. We will discover that the physical conditions of the environment will affect the growth and survival of living things in the area.
Earth and space sciences
Students will understand that the Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star which we know as the Sun. We will also look at how Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface.