25 Sep

Change Detectives are on the loose discovering changes all around us.

What makes things change and what affects how fast they change? Why do some things burn more fiercely, rust more quickly or smell more strongly?

These are some of the scientific inquiry questions Year 6 students have been investigating during Science lessons this term.

The Australian Curriculum: Science has three interrelated strands: Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills. Together, the three strands of the science curriculum provide students with understanding, knowledge and skills through which they can develop a scientific view of the world.

Students are challenged to explore science, its concepts, nature and uses through clearly described inquiry processes.

The Phases of the 5Es

The inquiry process adopted in Year 6 Science is known as the 5Es. The five phrases are explained below:

  1. Engage: Create interest and stimulate curiosity.
  2. Explore: Provide experience of the phenomenon or concept.
  3. Explain: Introduce conceptual tools that can be used to interpret the evidence and construct explanations of the phenomenon.
  4. Elaborate: Use and apply concepts and explanations in new contexts to test their general applicability.
  5. Evaluate: Provide an opportunity for students to review and reflect on their own learning and new understanding and skills.

Change Detectives in Action

Year 6 students were invited to become ‘Change Detectives’ and explore whether changes to materials can be reversible or irreversible. To do this, students had to identify if the change to the tested substances were chemical or physical.

Thank you to Chris Gann, Year 6 teacher, for sharing this article.