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Catholic Education South Australia

Inquiry Questions

What are the interconnections between living things?
How are the properties of materials connected?
How do the actions of humans influence our natural world?


Primary Connections

Primary Connections offer a range of units which unpack the interconnections among systems.

Link: Primary Connections Curriculum Resources

Cool Australia

Students investigate how floods and droughts affect both the natural environment and farming.

Link: Earth Hour: How do Floods and Droughts Affect our Environment?


Scootle provides a range of resources to learn more about the properties of materials.

Link: Chemical Science Resources

Science Web

In this unit, students explore the connections between weather and human activity on the Earth’s surface. Students explore and examine geological processes and phenomena and how these change the Earth’s surface over time.

Link: Shaping the Earth's Surface

Considerations and Strategies for EAL Learners

Make active use of the cultural resources of EAL/D students when exploring science topics (for example, many cultures use the moon as their guide for calendars, or to guide agriculture).

When we speak about processes, we often move to the passive voice, which is a challenging structure for all EAL/D students. The passive voice allows us to remove the actor as the theme of the sentence, when the actor is not important or is not the focus of the sentence’s main message, for example, ‘Water is used for many purposes’ (by whom?); ‘Clouds are formed by condensation.   Give students in the Beginning and Emerging phases of English language learning alternative sentence structures (active voice)  to scaffold their understanding, so that they can focus on content rather than language. Explicitly teach students in the Developing and Consolidating phases of English language learning the way the passive structure is formed, and why it is used, particularly when describing processes.

Link: Further Language and Cultural Considerations and Teaching Strategies