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NSW Syllabuses

Science K–10 (inc. Science and Technology K–6) - Early Stage 1 Working Scientifically


A student:

  • STe-4WS

    explores their immediate surroundings by questioning, observing using their senses and communicating to share their observations and ideas


  • Students question and predict by:
  • responding to questions about familiar objects and events they are curious about in the natural and made environments (ACSIS014)
  • making predictions resulting from their questions CCT
  • sharing what they already know and how they could find out more about their questions relating to the natural and made environments
  • exploring and making observations by using their senses to gather information about objects and events in their immediate surroundings (ACSIS011, ACSHE013) CCT
  • manipulating objects and materials through purposeful play
  • Students process and analyse data and information by:
  • organising objects or images of objects to display data and/or information
  • engaging in discussions about observations and using drawings to represent ideas (ACSIS233) CCT
  • Students communicate by:
  • using a range of methods to share observations and ideas, such as drawing, informal and guided discussion, role-play, contributing to joint construction of short texts and/or using digital technologies (ACSIS012) ICTL
  • working in groups to reflect on what they found interesting, liked or disliked about what they did, what was or was not expected and what they would do differently CCTPSC

Background information


The emphasis in Working Scientifically in Early Stage 1 is on fostering students' curiosity and wonder while developing their skills in questioning, observing and exploring their world. In activities set by the teacher, students explore through purposeful play, manipulating, observing and describing what is accessible to their direct experience. They are encouraged to value and share their own questions and ideas about what happens, suggesting reasons for their observations.