Learning in science is fundamental to understanding the world in which we live and work.
(Science in the New Zealand Curriculum, Ministry of Education)(1997).
The Science and Technology domain of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) encompasses Science and its applications.
Science and Technology provides opportunities for students to engage in scientific investigations by making accurate observations, handling tools, recording and comparing data, and formulating explanations using their own scientific experiences and those of others. Students will gain experience in testing their own assumptions and thinking critically about the perspectives of others in order to further develop their own ideas.
Science and Technology can be used to provide explanations and models of behaviour for phenomena and objects around us. It can also be used to investigate the interrelationships between the natural, physical and material worlds. The PYP considers the Science and Technology curriculum to be driven by skills and concepts rather than content
In the Junior School all science is taught through transdisciplinary units as part of the Programme of Inquiry. Technology includes the role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the teaching and learning cycle.
The knowledge component of Science in the PYP is arranged into four strands:
Earth and Space,
Materials and Matter
Forces and Energy
Specific skills as outlined in the Australian Curriculum Science 1.1 and the PYP Science Scope and Sequence are also a key component.
The Technology strands of:
are based on the state SACSA documents.