What is science about?

Mā te whakaaro nui e hanga te whare; mā te mātauranga e whakaū.

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. Scientific progress comes from logical, systematic work and from creative insight, built on a foundation of respect for evidence. Different cultures and periods of history have contributed to the development of science

Focus for Learners

Students will investigate the Nature of Science/Pūtaiao, The Living World/Te Ao Tūroa, The Physical World/ŌAhupungao, and The Material World/Ōkawekawe in logical and structured ways – within some cultural context that adheres to Te Ao Māori me ōna āhuatanga.

Characteristics of learning and teaching in Pūtaiao/Science will be followed. This includes those of developing ways of investigating, understanding, and explain our natural, physical world and the wider universe. Skills include generating and testing ideas, gathering evidence – including by making observations, investigating, and modelling and communicating and debating.

This will happen through

An integrated approach to learning and focusing on contexts that have meaning for children. A Māori (tangata whenua) perspective will be included in planning.

Encouraging attitudes such as

Curiosity, honesty in the recording and validation of data, flexibility, persistence, critical-mindedness, open-mindedness, willingness to suspend judgement, willingness to tolerate uncertainty, accepting that scientific hypotheses can change, a positive and responsible regard for both living and nonliving components of Earth’s environment, a desire for critical evaluation of the consequences of scientific discoveries.

Programme of Learning

An integrated learning programme will be the approach with term themes providing a context that has meaning for students.

Five integrated learning strands will provide a learning framework for science and in each year students will have learning experiences that draw from some or all learning strands.

Science achievement objectives, outcomes and programme details will be shown in planning.

Learning and teaching programmes will be planned to meet the needs of all learners.

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