Curriculum - Science


Science is the study of the world around us. Scientists learn about their subject by observing, describing, and experimenting. The world around us is fascinating.


Using hands-on activities, practical investigations and inquiry based learning students at North Tom Price Primary School are immersed in scientific experiences with an added Technologies approach.

Throughout the year students focus on the 4 main Scientific Understandings as outlined in the Australian Curriculum; biological science, earth and space science, chemical science and physical science.



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Science understanding



Living things have basic needs, including food and water

Living things have a variety of external features

Living things live in different places where their needs are met

Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things

Living things have life cycles

Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment

The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment



Objects are made of materials that have observable properties

Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways

Different materials can be combined for a particular purpose

A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat

Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use

Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways

Changes to materials can be reversible or irreversible

Earth and



Daily and seasonal changes in our environment affect everyday life

Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape

Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways

Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day

Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity

The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun)

Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth’s surface



The way objects move depends on a variety of factors, including their size and shape

Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed

A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape

Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another

Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance

Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted

Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources