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Unit Overview


Pre-service teachers will be introduced to the nature of science and science as a way of understanding the world around us based on evidence. Preservice teachers will become familiar with the structure and content of the F-6 science curriculum. 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 children learn about abstract scientific concepts and the importance of considering prior knowledge. Emphasis will be placed on effective and inclusive teaching strategies such as inquiry-based teaching, active learning, student-centred teaching, practical work and cooperative group work. A variety of ways of assessing and communicating student learning will be practiced. Contemporary primary school science resources that integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in real life contexts will be critiqued.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Primary Education major sequence

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of the content of the WA science curriculum strands; (2) use science curriculum documents to plan a learning sequence at an appropriate level from F-6; (3) compare and contrast a range of effective and inclusive teaching strategies used in primary school science classrooms; (4) demonstrate familiarity with assessment types (diagnostic, formative and summative) to monitor student progress; (5) illustrate a range of ways to communicate scientifically; and (6) compile and critique a resource file of contemporary science and STEM resource.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quiz; (2) lesson plans; and (3) teaching program. 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) (Honours)
Contact hours
30 hours - two hour seminar plus 2 hour practical
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.