Primary Science Matters

Am I teaching science? The question should be: Am I teaching science well? At present, I am teaching science, but within a rotating inquiry structure. I’m now keen to extend this to everyday teaching and learning situations. I know my students are naturally curious and will enjoy learning more. Finding the science in everyday situations will be a focus.


Linking to literacy, particularly to book selection will be the key. I know there are books on bubbles, making volcanoes, floating and sinking   and I’m sure many more made up as Guided Reading sets.

Source: Monash University/Faculty of Education – Primary Science Matters Handout

The handout states that ‘the Science Continuum identifies a range of pedagogical purposes, ones that may involve practical investigations include:’

‘Bring out students’ existing ideas

Open discussion via a shared experience

Provide an open problem to be explored via play or through problem solving

Challenge some existing ideas

Share intellectual control

Focus students’ attention on overlooked detail

Practise using and building the perceived usefulness of scientific models

Helping students work out some of the ‘scientific’ explanations for themselves

Collecting evidence/data for analysis

Promote reflection on and clarification of existing ideas

Promote reflection on how students’ ideas have changed

Clarifying and consolidating ideas for communication to others’

When reading the above, the links between the teaching of literacy and science stand out.  I am now confident that I can teach more science within my existing program. When learning about a science concept, saying it’s science is important, so that my students understand what science is and that they are actually learning science. Often, as teachers we come up with exciting names for our units or lessons to draw our students’ attention, but the flip side is that they may not realise what they are actually doing!

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Cheers Nina

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