Attadale Primary School boasts a modern, dedicated Science lab, equipped with new sinks, fridge, microwave, furniture and a large range of exciting new resources, including microscopes, iPads and other topic related equipment. We are building on the number of live specimens in the lab, with our Science Monitors taking responsibility for the care of our hermit crabs, worm farm and mealworms.
Our Science Specialist, Ms Tamara Trees, is enjoying her second year in her position. She works with class teachers to ensure all strands of the Science Curriculum are covered in a broad and meaningful way.
We continue to use the ‘Primary Connections’ series of Science books as the basis for teaching and learning in the Pre-primary to Year 4 classes. This series links directly to the WA Syllabus & Australian Curriculum, builds consistency across the school and offers a hands-on approach in the Science area.
This term in Years 5 and 6 we have trialled an online resource called ‘Stile’, which was developed in conjunction with the CSIRO. Stile blends interactive science lessons, science news stories and hands-on investigations to empower students to observe, think, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers. Students and teachers have responded extremely positively to the resource.
Recently, a number of Science teachers in the Riverside Network have reconnected, in an effort to share quality teaching and learning approaches and to moderate assessments amongst local schools.