Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Practical science for younger learners

About this Illustration of Practice

Year 1 and 2 students explore practical aspects of chemistry. The teacher uses a combination of learning programs, predominantly the 5 E's from Primary Connections, to introduce students to emulsification through real life, hands-on activities. He concludes the lesson using an ‘exit ticket’ strategy which promotes reflection and informs his preparation for the next lesson. 

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.2
Content selection and organisation
Career stage
Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.2
Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
Career stage
Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.
  1. What questioning strategies do you use to enhance learning in younger students?
  2. What strategies do you use to connect students' learning with the practical world?
  3. How might you collect feedback from students to inform your planning for future lessons?
Learning area
Year level
Year 1
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Table Cape Primary
Year level
Year 2
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Located along the North West Coast of Tasmania in the township of Wynyard, Table Cape Primary caters to students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Science, along with robotics, is taught by a specialist teacher to all students during the week, working alongside the teacher’s classroom program. During science sessions students have access to a broad range of opportunities in and outside the classroom, including individualised inquiry-based projects drawing on the local community. All students from Grades 1 to 6 participate in building and programming challenges using Lego NXT Mindstorms. Students in their Foundation year develop programming and problem-solving skills through Lego WeDo. At Table Cape Primary, all teachers work collaboratively to ensure a whole-school approach to STEM education that develops positive outcomes for students.

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