The aim of the unit is to prepare students to becoming successful primary science teachers by broadening their scientific and pedagogical knowledge. 
In doing so, the unit emphasizes enhancement of students' scientific literacy, as well as developing skills and knowledge in teaching primary science confidently. 
Throughout the unit students will be provided with many opportunities to develop their understanding regarding core scientific ideas, the practices that scientists use in creating knowledge about the world, and appreciation of the role of science in everyday life. Students will become acquainted with primary science educational models and resources, and some underpinning science education theories. By participating in hands-on and minds-on teaching pedagogies, students will learn how to apply their acquired knowledge, to teaching primary science in effective and engaging ways.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:


EEC1108 - Literacy Across the Continuum 1

EEC1111 - Personal and Professional Learning for Teaching

This unit is only for Education students undertaking the courses EBED and ABED.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to apply the 5E model in primary science teaching;  
  2. Develop skills and knowledge required for planning and conducting a scientific investigation  
  3. Critically analyse science curricula and lesson plans in relation to theories  
  4. Work collaboratively in developing professional capabilities  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Microteaching (in pairs). 30%
Report Inquiry based lab report (individual). 30%
Assignment Case and commentary 40%

Required reading

University students will be provided with an up-to-date reading list via the VU Collaborate system.

Teaching Primary science constructively 6th ed.
Skamp, K.R. & Preston, C. (Ed.) ( 2017).
Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia

Primary connections. Among the Gum Trees. Year 4 Biological Sciences
Australian Academy of Science (2015).
Canberra: Australian Academy of Science

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

Study a single unit

This unit can be studied on its own, without enrolling in a full degree. Learn more about single units of study at VU.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.