The children attend science for one hour per week. This one hour is full of exciting science content, science language, experimentation and hands on learning.
Willandra Primary School has a full time Science Specialist.
The first year here, Ms Sue Andy collaborated with Local Rotary Club to donate 30 hand held microscopes for the children to view the microscopic world that lies beneath us.
Over the past three years Ms Sue Andy has provided incursions in her classroom for all years 1 – 7. They have viewed, experienced and participated in a variety of activities both academically and physically.
In 2012 she introduced the ‘Life Cycle of Hens’, a local company provided an incubator and 10 fertile eggs along with a brooding box. The children were exposed to chicks hatching from the egg and growing before their eyes. These chicks were carefully handled, weighed and monitored by Ms Andy and the children throughout the two week stay at Willandra.
2013 show cased the senior science classes by providing an open classroom for parents to visit and discover what the children were learning in science from lights shining through ice blocks generated by batteries to hand made inventions and rockets that launched into the sky.
2014 was no exception, Sue invited Deb from SERCUL to conduct in-class incursions throughout the year. These whole day incursions were free to our students. Sue and Deb taught the children to be responsible eco friendly warriors, to treat our living creatures with kindness and respect. They discovered local frogs and turtles native to our wetlands. The children were able to listen to sounds and identify different species, view short films and work together in small groups to view specimens, share and collect information.
In Term 2 our students were part of the Planet Ark Program. They built a frog pond outside of science. Many thanks goes to Bunnings at Armadale for donating the plants and solar panel pump, Mrs Kraima; a teacher from our school, donated her pond and the many children in TA16 who donated their valuable science time to plant and prepare the pond. This a wonderful conversation piece at our school.
Ms Anderson Science Specialist