At Mentone Primary School, students at each year level develop their understanding of the world we live in through scientific investigation.
Initially students are encouraged to use their senses to explore the world around them, pose questions about situations and experiences, and describe their activities and observations using both general and science-specific language.
As students progress they participate in very simple investigations involving observation and measurement. They learn about basic procedures and processes, including collecting and recording data. Students follow instructions to record and represent their observations and communicate their ideas to others. They display and make generalisations from their data and become aware of using safe procedures in their activities.
Students continue to investigate questions and ideas about the natural world and learn to use scientific vocabulary in place of everyday language to describe and explain their observations and measurements. They begin to understand that the design of experiments is directly related to their questions about things and events. Students learn to describe evidence in support of simple scientific ideas. They develop their understanding of how people use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things. We have a pet school blue tongue lizard that students enjoy caring for and learning about when in the dedicated Science and Sustainability classroom.