New Units Released

PrimaryConnections trialled three new curriculum units in over 60 school across Australia in 2017 and 2018.

The development of these new units has been made possible thanks to support by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Maths and Science Participation Program. As such, the units are available digitally at no cost for all Australian teachers via the National Digital Learning Resoruces Network (https://www.scootle.edu.au)

Changes all around Year 1 Earth and space sciences

Changes to the land and sky occur all the time. Some changes are so gradual that we barely notice them, like the erosion of stones. Others are rapid, such as the felling of a tree. Some changes are minuscule, such as ants building a nest. Others are massive, such as the formation of mountains or development of thunderclouds. Some changes are very predictable, such as the time of the sunrise, and others we are still seeking to better predict, such as earthquakes. No matter how great or small, rapid or gradual, these changes impact our lives. Studying these changes helps us to predict and prepare for them. The Changes all around unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom. Through hands-on activities students explore the  natural, constructed and managed changes that they see in the sky and landscape around them.

That's my hat! Foundation Chemical sciences

Imagine if our clothes were made of glass, our houses were made of cotton wool and our cars were made out of paper. We are surrounded by thousands of objects made out of many different materials. So why then are our clothes made out of fabric and not glass? And why are our houses made out of bricks and wood and not cotton wool? It is the properties of the materials that make the difference. When we design objects we make choices based on those properties to suit the users. No-one would want a hat lined with sandpaper! The That’s my hat! unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom. Through hands-on activities students sort and test the observable properties of a variety of different materials. They then design and make their own party hat, taking into account the weather it might be worn in.

Machine makers Year 2 Physical sciences

Children are fascinated with machines. From an early age their world is surrounded by machines that move, make noises and light up. Machines they see daily range from the complicated, such as toasters, computers and lawnmowers, to ones so simple that they might not consider them to be machines at all, such as ramps and scissors. All machines, both complicated and simple, help us do work. The Machine makers unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom. Through hands-on activities students explore the different strengths of pushes and pulls required to manipulate and control the movement of objects to create their own amazing machine.