AusVELS Levels 3 and 4

In Science, achievement standards describe the quality of learning that would indicate the student is well placed to commence the learning required at the next level of achievement.

In their planning, schools and teachers refer to the expectations outlined in the achievement standard and also to the content descriptions of the Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour, Science Inquiry Skills strand of the science curriculum.

To explore how concepts are related, go to the Concept Development Maps.

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Science achievement standardsFocus Ideas including teaching activities

At Level 3, the student is working towards the Level 4 standard.

By the end of Level 4, students explain the effects of Earth’s rotation on its axis. They distinguish between temperature and heat and use examples to illustrate how heat is produced and transferred. They explain how heat is involved in changes of state between solid and liquid. They link the observable properties of materials to their use. They discuss how natural and human processes cause changes to Earth’s surface. They use contact and non-contact forces to describe interactions between objects. They describe structural features common to living things and describe relationships that assist the survival of living things. They explain how the key stages in the life cycle of a plant or animal relate to growth and species survival. They describe how they use science investigations to identify patterns and respond to questions. They describe situations where science understanding can influence their own and others’ actions.

Students follow instructions to identify questions that they can investigate about familiar contexts and predict likely outcomes from these investigations. They discuss ways to conduct investigations and suggest why their methods were fair or not. They safely use equipment to make and record formal measurements and observations. They use provided tables and simple column graphs to organise and identify patterns in data. Students suggest explanations for observations and compare their findings with their predictions. They use diagrams and complete simple reports to communicate their methods and findings.

Physical sciences

Biological sciences

Chemical sciences

Earth and space sciences

Science Inquiry Skills