Science and technology is mandatory for all students from Kindergarten to Year 6.
In science and technology, students explore the natural and made worlds. They learn how to apply scientific and technological skills, knowledge and understanding across a broad range of contexts.
From the early years students are encouraged to explore, wonder, question and design. They learn to plan and execute experiments, using the scientific processes, to assist them when answering questions relating to their current topics. They record and analyse their results, work individually and in small groups to reflect and process their information and achieve deeper understanding. Some popular units at Oakhill Drive have been chemical reactions, electricity, Earth and Space and Living Things.
During technology lessons the students use the working technologically processes to guide the design process. Students explore a task set, including internet research, investigation and surveys to identify the key criteria that will be required. They work creatively to generate ideas and produce a design that will successfully meet the set criteria and then begin to produce their designs. During this process they are frequently assessing, modifying and reflecting on their work to enable them to produce a high quality finished product. Some of our recent achievements have been our coding projects which have been designed and made by Stage One, Two and Three students, our Stage One’s bird houses made from recycled materials, our school’s bus shelter and outdoor performance area which were both designed by our 2016 /2018 Stage Two students and our Stage Three’s environmental projects where our top designs were entered into a regional competition with our Oakhill Drive students winning the competition.
Science and technology provides a way of inquiring about the world around us. It explores evidence and investigates ways to discover, develop and produce solutions to real world problems. The inquiry and skill-based nature of science and technology opens doors to ideas and discoveries and we strongly encourage and equip our students with these skills to be the problem solvers of the future.