SCIENCE OVERVIEW STATEMENT FOR GRADE 1:
The principle focus of science in grade 1 is to enable students to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly constructed world around them. Students are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. Students are supported in developing their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information. The students also begin to use simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas to a range of audiences in a variety of ways. Most of the learning about science in grade 1 is done through the use of first-hand practical experiences; however, there is a strong use of secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos to help support the learning and understanding of science. Students are taught to ‘work scientifically’ in all aspects of the subject.