Teaching Team

Kimalee Fernandes

Ritu Marwah

Ritu and Kimalee

Science involves students developing an understanding of the four areas of inquiry: Earth & Space, Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences. In these four areas students will be encouraged to explore their curiosity, along with their questioning and predicting skills.  Students’ questions and predictions will lead to further exploration, team research and experiments and finally onto collaborating and drawing of conclusions.  Development of these critical thinking skills will be combined with having a respectful understanding of other people, cultures and our environment.

Throughout the year all students will work through a wide range of activities and experiments with the opportunity to use a variety of materials.  Viewing news articles, movies, animations, models, artefacts and demonstrations along with participating in hands-on experiments, art and craft projects, inventing, teamwork and problem solving are just some of those activities.

Each student will be encouraged to see the relationship between effort and achievement as they complete their Science projects and meet goals in their Science learning. Science work will be sent home throughout the year, along with a workbook that will go home at the end of the school year.  Science outcomes will be reported on throughout the year.  

Student Science works will be regularly published in the school newsletter throughout the year, providing a sample of the experiments, activities and work completed by students at NMPS.

Prep:

In Term 1, Preps will be exploring the Earth and Space Sciences.  They will be focusing on daily and seasonal weather changes in our environment, including the Seven Wurrundjeri Seasons.  Students will discuss ways that we modify our behaviour and dress for different conditions.  They will be investigating how changes in the weather might affect animals such as pets, animals that hibernate and migratory animals.  Students will also be building on inquiry skills, including questioning, predicting, conducting experiments and activities, as well as recording and collaborating information in a hands-on, fun and visual way. 

Grade 1:

In Term 1, Grade1s will be exploring the Biological, Earth and Space Sciences.  They will be focusing on identifying common features of plants as well as describing the use of plant parts for particular purposes such as providing food.  Students will explore different habitats in the local environment such as the beach, bush and backyard and recognise that different living things live in different places. They will discuss the importance of protecting natural habitats and diversity of living things. Students will also be building on inquiry skills, including questioning, predicting, conducting experiments and activities, as well as recording and collaborating information in a hands-on, fun and visual way. 

Grade 2:

In Term 1, Grade 2s will be exploring the Earth and Space Sciences. They will be focusing on one of Earth’s precious resources, water, including the water cycle and how water is used.  Students will also be considering what might happen to humans if there were a change in this familiar available resource. They will identify actions at home and at school such as turning off dripping taps, that can conserve resources.  Students will also be building on inquiry skills, including questioning, predicting, conducting experiments and activities, as well as recording and collaborating information in a hands-on, fun and visual way. 

Grade 3:

In Term 1, Grade 3’s will be exploring Earth and Space Sciences. They will be focussing on recognising the importance of the Sun for life on Earth, while also gaining an understanding of Sundials. They would also be investigating the comparative size of Sun, Earth and Moon while gaining an understanding about Earth’s Rotation and Revolution. Students will be building on their prior knowledge by engaging in hands-on activities, investigation in the form of research and recording it. 

Grade 4:

In Term 1, Grade 4’s will be investigating the different layers of the Earth by collecting information about fossils, rocks, and landforms. They will be gaining an understanding of soil and soil erosion- the causes and effects of it. Students will also be building on inquiry skills, including questioning, predicting, conducting experiments and activities, as well as recording and collaborating information in a hands-on, fun and visual way. 

Grade 5:

In Term 1, Grade 5’s will be gaining an understanding about Earth and other planets in the Solar System while also building on their knowledge about orbits, Earth’s revolution and rotation and recognising the role of the Sun for providing life on the planets. Students will also be building on inquiry skills, including questioning, predicting, conducting experiments and activities, as well as recording and collaborating information in a hands-on, fun and visual way.

Grade 6:

In Term 1, Grade 6’s will be investigating natural disasters- their causes and effect on life. They will also be investigating the Earth’s renewable and non-renewable resources and understanding the formation, depletion and substitution of these resources. Students will also be building on inquiry skills, including questioning, predicting, conducting experiments and activities, as well as recording and collaborating information in a hands-on, fun and visual way.