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New Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

Science & Technology
Stage 2
ST2-6NE - Identifies ways heat is produced and that heat moves from one object to another.
ST2-7NE - Describes interactions between objects that result from contact and non-contact forces.
ST2-8NE - Describes some observable changes over time on the Earth’s surface that result from natural processes and human activity.
ST2-9NE - Describes some relationships between the sun and the Earth that cause regular changes. Earth and Space
ST2-9NE - Describes some relationships between the sun and the Earth that cause regular changes.

Stage 3
ST3-6NE - Describes how people use scientific understanding about the sources, transfer and transformation of electricity in making decisions about its use.
ST3-7NE - Identifies that scientific knowledge about the transfer of light is used to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives.

Earth and Space
ST2-9NE - Describes some relationships between the sun and the Earth that cause regular change.

Stage 3
ST3-6NE - Describes how people use scientific understanding about the sources, transfer and transformation of electricity in making decisions about its use.
ST3-7NE - Identifies that scientific knowledge about the transfer of light is used to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives.

Earth and Space
ST3-8NE - Describes how discoveries by people from different cultures and times have contributed to advancing scientific understanding of the solar system.
The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun):
- Research the key features of the planets of the solar system and compare how long each takes to orbit the sun
- Demonstrate using models that the Earth revolves around the sun and the moon revolves around the Earth.
- Research the important contributions made by people from a range of cultures and organisations.
- Using technologies of the time, to advancing scientific understanding of the solar system such as Aryabhata, Copernicus, Galileo, CSIRO and NASA [CC, CCT, IU] (ACSHE082, ACSHE099).
- Describe how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people use observations of the night sky to inform decisions about some everyday activities, such as food gathering and ceremonies [AHC].
ST3-9NE - Identifies that evidence provided by advances in technology and scientific understanding can be used to explain rapid change at the Earth’s surface caused by natural events.

Life Skills:
SCLS-13KU - Identifies features of the Earth.
SCLS-14KU - Explores features of the solar system including the Earth’s position and movement.
- Recognise the importance of the sun as a star which provides heat and light to Earth.
- Identify some stars and constellations including the Southern Cross.

New Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum
Mathematics

Stage 2
Time
MA2-13MG - Time reads and records time in one-minute intervals and converts between hours, minutes and seconds.
MA2-13MG - Reads and records time in one-minute intervals and converts between hours, minutes and seconds.

Stage 3
Measurement & Geometry
MA3-2WM - Selects and applies appropriate problem-solving strategies, including technological applications, in undertaking investigations.

Time
MA3-13MG - Uses twenty-four hour time and am and pm notation in real-life situations, and constructs timelines.

Activity Ideas

Find a series of balls and arrange them in the correct size order replicating the solar system. Construct a 3D model of the solar system to hang in the classroom - you could use paper to make the balls or foam balls and paint them.

Research and explore the concept of gravity on Earth. How does gravity affect us everyday? Discuss how our weight would change if the gravity on Earth was different. Use the internet to research and compare what students weights would be on each of the planets in our solar system.

The solar system, planets and stars, are a great source of inspiration to artists. Look at artists whose work has used stars in their paintings. Develop an artwork or collage that represents the milky way. Art: Vincent van Gogh: Starry Night.

Research and develop a research report on one aspect of Astronomy of your choice for example: What is a supernova?

Research the representation and meaning of the stars on the Australian Flag?

Research the history of magnets and how magnets work. Explore, and play with magnets to discover the different poles and the effect they have on different materials. Don't put them near your computer, television or any electrical device!

Write a research report on The Southern Cross. Where else is this symbol used in advertising, art or a a symbol?

Many Musicians have been inspired by space and the solar system in their music. Listen to 2011 A Space Odyssey music and try to imagine and describe in a poem the 'sound and feelings' of being in space.

Key

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  • Science & Technology
  • Human Society & its Environment
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Arts
  • Personal Education