WHAT IS SCIENCE ABOUT?Science is a way of investigating, understanding, and explaining our natural, physical world and the wider universe. It involves generating and testing ideas, gathering evidence – including by making observations, carrying out investigations and modelling, and communicating and debating with others – in order to develop scientific knowledge, understanding, and explanations.
The nature of science strand is the overarching, unifying strand. Through it, students learn what science is and how scientists work. They develop the skills, attitudes, and values to build a foundation for understanding the world. They come to appreciate that while scientific knowledge is durable, it is also constantly re-evaluated in the light of new evidence. They learn how scientists carry out investigations, and they come to see science as a socially valuable knowledge system. They learn how science ideas are communicated and to make links between scientific knowledge and everyday decisions and actions. These outcomes are pursued through 4 major contexts in which scientific knowledge has developed and continues to develop: The Living World, Planet Earth and Beyond, The Physical World and The Material World
The Science CapabilitiesAt Kaitieke, we include a lot of science in our curriculum. Science learning is important for not only supporting children to understand how the world works, but it also promotes important lifelong skills of questioning, problem solving, critiquing, collaborating, communicating and creating.We emphasise the 5 science capabilities through our science planning and teaching, as these help students practice the types of thinking, questioning, and actions needed to become informed citizens. The 5 capabilities are
- Gather and interpret data
- Use evidence
- Critique Evidence
- Interpret Representations
- Engage with Science