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Unit Overview


Pre-service teachers will develop their scientific literacy and science inquiry skills as they are introduced to the wonder of science. Pre-service teachers will become familiar with the structure and content of the science curriculum for the first three years of formal schooling. They will learn about (1) science understanding (biological, chemical, physical and earth and space sciences), (2) science inquiry skills and (3) science as a human endeavour. Pre-service teachers will come to understand how young children learn and develop positive attributes about science (e.g., curiosity, confidence and enthusiasm) through play, exploration and investigation both in formal and informal contexts. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to use effective and inclusive teaching strategies such as play-based learning, hands-on exploration, guided investigations, and cooperative group work. A variety of ways of assessing young children's science learning and communication skills will be practiced. Contemporary early years science resources that integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in real life contexts will be examined.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2023

Students are able to (1) identify how young children learn unfamiliar concepts to explain the world around them; (2) use science curriculum documents from F-2 to plan a learning sequence at an appropriate level; (3) compare and contrast a range of effective and inclusive child-centred and concrete strategies used in early years science; (4) apply different assessment types (diagnostic, formative and summative) to monitor and progress young children's learning; (5) describe a range of ways to develop young children's scientific communication skills; and (6) critique early years STEM resources used both within and outside the science classroom.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quiz; (2) lesson plans; and (3) planning document. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
Enrolment in
BH020 Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) (Honours)
Contact hours
30 hours
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