Science is a priority learning area at Burrendah Primary School. Students from Year 1 to Year 6 participate in science lessons in a purpose built building with a specialist science teacher.
The aims of the Burrendah Science program are consistent with those of the Australian Curriculum, ensuring that students develop:
- An interest in science as a means of expanding their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live.
- An understanding of the vision that science provides of the nature of living things, of the Earth and its place in the cosmos, and of the physical and chemical processes that explain the behaviour of all material things.
- An understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and the ability to use a range of scientific inquiry methods, including questioning; planning and conducting experiments and investigations based on ethical principles; collecting and analysing data; evaluating results; and drawing critical, evidence-based conclusions.
- An ability to communicate scientific understanding and findings to a range of audiences, to justify ideas on the basis of evidence, and to evaluate and debate scientific arguments and claims.
- An ability to solve problems and make informed, evidence-based decisions about current and future applications of science, while taking into account ethical and social implications of decisions.
- An understanding of historical and cultural contributions to science, as well as contemporary science issues and activities, and an understanding of the diversity of careers related to science.
- A solid foundation of knowledge of the biological, chemical, physical, earth and space sciences, including being able to select and integrate the scientific knowledge and methods needed to explain and predict phenomena, to apply that understanding to new situations and events, and to appreciate the dynamic nature of science knowledge.
Sustainability is a cross curricular priority in all learning areas, but is especially so in science. As part of our endeavours to educate our students to develop the knowledge, skills and values that help them contribute to a more sustainable future we:
- are a Waterwise school
- are an AuSSI School (Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative)
- work collaboratively with KABC (WA), (Keep Australia Beautiful Council
- have, through federal and state grants, installed solar panels
- conduct annual energy monitoring, with senior students running energy conservation programs
- set up a school garden growing vegetables and citrus trees
- installed rainwater tanks to water our school vegetable garden
- encourage recycling
Partnerships with the wider community are encouraged to make students aware of the importance of science and possible future careers in science. Some of these partnerships include:
- Involvement with the Scientists in Schools program
- Working with the Curtin University Outreach program – for example, growing barley as part of state wide research to investigate diseases that affect crops
- Visiting experts – both from parents at the school and the wider community
- Encouraging students to enter science competitions outside school, such as the ECU 60 Seconds of Fame Video Competition
Collaboration with the Willetton Senior High School science department has been ongoing since the establishment of the science specialist program. Students from the high school work with our students to share their knowledge, and a transition program for our Year 6 students allows them to work in science laboratories in the high school during fourth term each year.
The science lab at Burrendah is always busy and students are actively involved in their learning experiences. Parents are given the opportunity to experience science with their children during our Science Open Week when they are invited to take part in their child’s science lesson. Science at Burrendah is always a learning experience that is fun.