The aim of this unit is to develop students’ understanding of teaching science and technology in the primary school with particular reference to the role of science and technology in the critical transition to a sustainable future. This is a key guiding framework for this unit and, as such, the choice of content will be informed by state syllabi and other relevant documents. To achieve this will entail broadening of students’ understanding of science and technology concepts within the framework of matter, energy, living things, the earth and beyond, with an emphasis on the skills of working scientifically and designing and making. In addition, students will develop the skills needed to plan relevant learning experiences for children, based on current theories of learning.
The unit examines and models a range of teaching strategies that underpin current best practice in science and technology in the primary school as well as considering issues that impact on student learning in science and technology such as gender and diversity. Students will be given opportunities to plan science and technology experiences.