What is Science at Burnside Primary School all about?

Nature of Science is the way in which students understand, investigate, communicate, participate and contribute in relation to the science strands of living world, physical world, material world, planet earth and beyond.

The focus for science across Burnside Primary School is to provide our students with rich and engaging scientific contexts in which they are able to work as scientists themselves, both inside the classroom and outside, with our clear LEOTC (Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom) focus linked strongly with the school's cultural narrative.


The five science capabilities:

Gather & interpret data

  • Learners make careful observations and differentiate between observation and inference.

Use evidence

  • Learners support their ideas with evidence and look for evidence supporting others' explanations.

Critique evidence

  • Not all questions can be answered by science.

Interpret representations

  • Scientists represent their ideas in a variety of ways, including models, graphs, charts, diagrams and written texts.

Engage with science

  • This capability requires students to use the other capabilities to engage with science in โ€œreal lifeโ€ contexts.
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How does Science improve learning outcomes?

The Nature of Science is integral for ensuring positive learning outcomes for our students by:

  • building students' science literacy enabling them to participate in informed debates and issues as contributing global citizens.
  • developing students' skills in scientific thinking, knowledge, practices, attitudes and values.
  • preparing students for a career using science.