Students should be afforded multiple opportunities to engage with the full range of working scientifically and design and production skills across each stage of learning.
Mapping the outcomes in each stage
Mapping the science and technology outcomes has many benefits and may help teachers and schools to:
- identify opportunities for explicit teaching of the skills processes
- ensure all outcomes are included across each stage
- identify opportunities for students to receive feedback on their learning
- systematically plan for and undertake assessment
- collaborate with other teachers to plan for quality teaching and learning.
Download the science and technology K-6 skills outcome mapping tool (XLSX 22 KB) to map the outcomes across individual stages.
Planning the focus of skills in each stage
Teachers select specific skills for focus in each content strand.
The working scientifically and design and production skill processes are described in detail on pages 26-34 of the science and technology K-6 Syllabus (2017).
Planning the skills focus allows the teacher to connect learning activities to the needs, abilities, and prior learning of your students. Teachers will make decisions regarding the opportunities to emphasise elements of the skills through each content strand.
Elements of the working scientifically and design and production skills may be repeated within each stage to support learning and to reinforce the scientific investigation or the design solution.
The mapping tools may be used to sequence the working scientifically and design and production skills and ensure students are provided the opportunity to engage with all skill elements by the end of each stage. Teachers may use the tools to map individual stages or across K-6.
Download the science and technology K-6 skills planning tool (DOCX 79 KB) to map the skills from Kindergarten to Year 6.
Download the science and technology K-6 skills planning tool by stage (DOCX 77 KB) to map the skills across individual stages.