Assessing primary science: the Primary Connections approach
By linking science to literacy it supports teachers to assess. Hear teachers describe the assessment approaches in Primary Connections.
Collaborative Learning with Primary Connections
The Primary Connections approach to collaborative learning in science is grounded in research and trialled in classrooms across Australia. Students engaged in collaborative learning observe and consider multiple
perspectives, take on different roles in investigations, and contribute to rich
Effective questioning in primary science
Teachers describe the benefits of different questioning techniques that help develop students' understanding.
Indigenous Perspectives in primary science: The 5E model- Elaborate
Students plan and conduct a science investigation by extending their knowledge in an Indigenous context.
Indigenous Perspectives in primary science: The 5E model- Engage
Students show interest, ask questions, share what they think they know, and interact with science through Indigenous perspectives.
Indigenous Perspectives in primary science: The 5E model- Evaluate
Students re-represent their understanding and reflect on their learning journey. Teachers and AEIOs collect evidence about students' achievements.
Indigenous Perspectives in primary science: The 5E model- Explain
Teachers, AEIOs, Indigenous community members and students share ideas that support students' developing understanding of current scientific explanations and vocabulary. Students represent their understanding using literacy skills.
Indigenous Perspectives in primary science: The 5E model- Explore
Teachers, AIEOs, Indigenous community members and students explore a range of hands-on science phenomena through Indigenous perspectives. Students build on their literacy skills and various modes to represent their developing understanding.
Introduction to the Primary Connections 5E model for inquiry science
Hear educators discuss the Primary Connections 5E model and its success in the teaching and learning of science.
Introduction to the Primary Connections Indigenous Perspectives Framework
Teachers and Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers (AIEOs) 'yarn' about the Primary Connections Indigenous Perspectives framework and the impact of its application in the classroom.
Investigating in primary science
Students and teachers demonstrate how to plan and conduct an investigation. We see how investigating in the classroom can lead to life-long learning.
Open your eyes to science!
A word from our patron, Sir David Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FAA FRS.
Planning science units using Primary Connections principles
Teachers describe how the 5E framework is used to plan units to address students' needs and interests.
Representations in Primary Science (focus on literacy)
Teachers describe the benefits of linking science with literacy, and students show us representations of their developing science understanding.
Talking to leaders - the impact of Primary Connections on teaching and learning
Find out how the implementation of PrimaryConnections within these two schools has supported the schools to implement the Australian Curriculum: Science, and how it impacts on a practical level in their school, such as improving literacy, numeracy and reasoning skills.
The importance of inquiry learning in primary science
84 primary school students attend the iconic Shine Dome for a day of engagement, enjoyment, and participation in hands-on science and STEM learning.
The Primary Connections 5E model: Elaborate
The Elaborate phase in action - planning and conducting an open investigation to apply and extend new conceptual understanding in a new context
The Primary Connections 5E model: Engage
The Engage phase in action - sparking students' interest, stimulating their curiosity, raising questions for inquiry and eliciting existing student beliefs about the topic.
The Primary Connections 5E model: Evaluate
The Evaluate phase in action – students reflecting on their learning journey and creating a representation of their conceptual understanding by building on literacy skills.
The Primary Connections 5E model: Explain
The Explain phase in action – students discussing and identifying patterns and relationships within observations, developing their own scientific explanations, and considering the current views of scientists.
The Primary Connections 5E model: Explore
The Explore phase in action – students exploring ideas of the science phenomena, collecting evidence, discussion observations and keeping records.
Why is a scientist's work so important?
A new video for Australian teachers. The video, designed to be implemented with Primary Connections' Among The Gum Trees unit, brings to life the stories of scientists involved in building knowledge and awareness about eucalypts and their place in the Australian landscape. Address aspects of Year 3/4 Australian Curriculum: Science 'Science as a Human Endeavour'.