A framework for science teaching in Australian primary schools
Learning Science Through Observation, Investigation and Imagination
The framework consists of professional learning for teachers, a Teacher Companion for every teacher, a Student Science Journal for every child and support for ongoing team planning. It is structured at three levels based around the stages of cognitive development of children: Levels F–2, 3–4 and 5–6.
The Teacher Companion gives teachers comprehensive unit plans that cover the entire Australian Science curriculum. The Teacher Companion also provides background subject information, pedagogical content knowledge and assessment rubrics that enable teachers to understand the zone of proximal development (ZPD) of every child.
The Student Science Journal is a structured workbook in which students record observations and the results of investigations. Each unit has a reflection and feedback section for students and teachers to write in.
The framework is based on a professional learning community model where teachers work together to plan teaching and assess learning. It introduces a new pedagogy of observation, investigation and imagination to teach science inquiry. For these reasons up to sixteen hours of professional learning is provided for schools that use the materials. The professional learning is structured to meet each school’s needs to plan, teach and assess student learning in the Science curriculum.