The Visual Sciences Program is aimed at Lower Primary schools. In this program there are 9 lessons. The lessons are structured to be used within the first three years of a child’s education.
- Are comprehensive with key-learning aspects explained step by step;
- Have a great variety of children’s activities included;
- Focus on developing Primary Scientific investigations;
- Progress to an in-depth study – include intensive knowledge enrichment, thinking, problem identification, reinforcement of core/key information;
- Assist with the application of knowledge – students do reports, design structures on the Touch- Board, group activities, creative activities, presentations;
- Contain evaluations of key-learning content.
- Module 1: Science and Society
- Lesson 1: Introduction to Energy
- Lesson 2: Energy and Fossil Fuels
- Lesson 3: The link between Science and Society
- Module 2: Energy and Change
- Lesson 1: The use of Energy
- Lesson 2: Water and Air as powerful Resources of Energy
- Lesson 3: Force, Friction and Gravity
- Module 3: The Earth and Beyond
- Lesson 1: The Surface and Layers of the Earth
- Lesson 2: The Sky, Planets and Beyond
- Lesson 3: Learn about the Weather
OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES:
- 1) Cross-Curricular priorities –
- Students apply the language skills of reading, speaking, viewing and sentence construction. The students also learn how to recognise, read and interpret the specialised language that is used in science.
- 2) Working Scientifically –
- Students go outside, study the sky and report on what they can see. Students then write a short report on the role air plays in the sky.
- Students report to the class how rain is formed by reflecting on what they have learnt about evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and transpiration. They draw an illustration of the 4 processes using the Interactive Touch- Board.
- Students do an experiment to learn more about condensation, evaporation and precipitation including Interactive Touch- Board activities.
- Students report on the natural energy and the life support systems including Interactive Touch- Board activities.
- Students report at home on one of the life support systems and how natural science has influenced it.
- Students report to the class on the natural energy resources and how they sustain and support life on earth. (Video recorded report).
- Students give a report about science on a poultry farm.
- 3) Assessment Strategy-
- Constant control, Evaluation test at end of module and other evaluations throughout the lesson.
- Easy assessment with quick reporting time;
- Catering for visual, audio, and kinaesthetic learning;
- Most of the multiple Intelligences covered;
- More student participation leading to improved learning.