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Science and Technology – Stage 3 Foundation Statement

Investigating Scientifically
Students independently develop questions for scientific investigation, conduct scientific investigations based on fair testing and collect, record and analyse the resulting data. They identify trends in data, evaluate findings and prepare possible explanations. Students use, select and evaluate equipment, computer-based technology and other resources to meet the requirements and constraints of investigations.
Activities: Investigating simple electric circuits, Investigating dyeing a fabric, Investigating a natural disaster, Designing and investigating a method by which everyday materials can be used to filter dirty water
Designing and Making
Students independently plan, implement and manage the design process and evaluate the results using design criteria. They consider the implications of design and production in relation to environmental, aesthetic, cultural, ethical, safety and functional factors. Students select, safely use and evaluate equipment, computer-based technology and other resources to meet the requirements and constraints of design tasks.
Activities: Investigating dyeing a fabric, Investigating a natural disaster, Designing and making an electric windmill or fan, Designing and making a device that uses a simple electric circuit
The Natural Environment
Students identify, describe and evaluate interdependent relationships between living things and the environment within ecosystems. They identify and describe various sources, forms, uses, transfers and changes in forms of energy. Students explore how natural forces and human interaction cause changes to the Earth over time. They recognise that the Earth is the source of most materials, and resources must be managed for sustainability.
Activities: Investigating simple electric circuits, Investigating a natural disaster, Designing and making an electric windmill or fan, Designing and making a device that uses a simple electric circuit
The Made Environment
Students recognise that built environments are systems created to meet the needs and requirements of people and communities.They identify techniques used to engage audiences and convey meaning when creating information products. Students explain how production processes have changed over time and model systems used to manufacture products and provide services.
Activities: Investigating dyeing a fabric
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