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Science at Kingswood Primary School is a hands-on experience that encourages students to think critically and question the world around them. We cover science concepts that relate to students’ own daily lives, as well as delving into areas that fascinate, evoke curiosity and inspire. Students are able to practise simple science skills and use science related tools. Students are taught to conduct a scientific investigation by asking a scientific question, making a prediction then undertaking an investigation to see if their prediction is correct. During this process, students learn to make observations and present their results in a variety of manners. Underpinning all investigations, students are encouraged to respond to the natural world around them with wonderment and awe.
Engineering concepts, design processes, representing, modelling, and design-based problem-solving are the basis of the Engineering Program. Drawing on the students learning in mathematics, visual art, science and technology, they are encouraged to apply their own ideas and approaches to designing and creating solutions to everyday challenges in the community. The students are presented with a problem at the beginning of each lesson along with a range of materials. In groups, the students come up with their own solutions based on trial and error approaches, following the Habits of Mind strategies. This encourages the development of communication and collaboration skills. Creativity and ingenuity are praised and outcomes are related back to physical laws and engineering concepts. Unexpected outcomes are celebrated and this is where the deepest learning experiences can take place.
Digital Technology at Kingswood is an ever-changing learning area. Students are encouraged to step outside of the usual and lead their learning, influence the lessons and create projects that are a reflection of who they are and to solve real-world problems, digitally. Over their time at Kingswood Primary School students are exposed to devices and ideas such as LEGO EV3s, LEGO WeDo 2.0, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, iPads, Chromebooks, MacBooks, touch typing, Bluebots, video production, radio production, stop-motion animation and much more.