Every Student

4WS4A

Working Scientifically - Syllabus Outcome
Syllabus Outcomes
Syllabus Outcome: STe-4WS Explores their immediate surroundings by questioning, observing using their senses and communicating to share their observations and ideas.

Students plan and conduct investigations by:

Syllabus Indicator 4: Exploring and making observations by using their senses to gather information about objects and events in their immediate surroundings. (ACSIS011, ACSHE013)

Framework Indicators

4WS4A: Exploring by using their senses, objects and events in their immediate surroundings

Teacher Language

Give an instruction

SN, look at the (item).

SN, smell the (item).

SN, the (item) feels (temperature).

SN, the (item) is (weight).

SN, listen to the (item).

Students will be able to achieve this indicator with varying levels of support. Fade this support as the student works toward developing independence. 

Teaching Activities 

4WS4A: Exploring by using their senses, objects and events in their immediate surroundings

Students are continually and involuntarily using their senses across all environments. Teachers need to draw attention to what a student may be exploring with their senses and what that means for the student. Some examples are as follows:

  • When gardening students could be smelling, feeling, observing plants, soil or gardening equipment. Teachers could make observational statements to accompany this:

‘SN, look at the rose.’

‘SN, smell the flower.’

‘SN, the soil feels warm.’

‘SN, the spade is heavy.’

  • When sitting in the sun observational statements may include:

‘SN, the sun feels warm.’

‘SN, the sun is bright.’

  • When in the playground observational statements could include:

‘SN, listen to the lawn mower.’

‘SN, look at the birds.’

 


Websites that contain resources, games or activities that could be used to support this goal include:

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