Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Safety in dissection

About this Illustration of Practice

The Year 5 to 9 science coordinator at Ryan Catholic College leads the students through a dissection examining the internal and external structures of the heart.  The teacher explains what the students should be examining and outlines safety rules before commencing. The activity encourages the students to explore biological concepts and establishes real life connections to the science concepts being studied.

Standard 4
Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
Focus area 4.4
Maintain student safety
Career stage
Ensure students’ wellbeing and safety within school by implementing school and/ or system, curriculum and legislative requirements.
Other descriptors
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.1
Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
Career stage
Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
  1. How do you work with your students to identify and address potential safety issues in your classes?
  2. What strategies can you use to establish links between content covered in class and real-world contexts?
Learning area
Year level
Year 8
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Ryan Catholic College
Year level
Year 9
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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Ryan Catholic College was established in 1979 to serve the rapidly developing areas on the outskirts of Townsville and the corridor development of the Upper Ross area. The College was planned as a co-educational institution from its inception for children from Preschool to Year 12. The curriculum in Years 5 to 9 has been designed to expose students to a diverse range of disciplines that will enable them to explore where their talents and interests lie.

Content provider
AITSL Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

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