Science is a key learning area at Hocking Primary School. Students from Years 1-6 participate in science lessons in a purpose built laboratory with a specialist science teacher.
All of our students receive a minimum of one hour’s science instruction and learning each week. A rich and motivating depth of resources allows our specialist teacher to plan experiences that are hands-on and engaging for students, motivating them to develop the ability to think scientifically and demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways – conducting experiments, collecting and analysing data, using tools and equipment and manipulating a range of materials.
The Science program enables students to make connections between Science at school and everyday life which is important in preparing them as life-long learners in this area.
The aims of the Hocking Science Program are consistent with those of the Western 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 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.
- 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.