Chemistry Comprehensive Year 4
Chemistry Comprehensive Year 4 is a Chemical Sciences curriculum program for Year 4 students. It aligns to the Australian Curriculum Science Understanding.
  • 'Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use (ACSSU074)

: This curriculum program is currently being updated to align with the Australian Curriculum 9.0, updated versions will be released in early 2024. 
Success Criteria
  • Describe at least 4 common molecules.
  • Describe three ways in which elements are formed in the universe.
  • Identify and sort elements according to when they first formed in the universe.
  • Compare the size of different stars.
  • Describe how elements are formed by massive stars.
  • Explain how elements are formed in the supernova.
  • Identify elements in the periodic table that are metals, metalloids and non-metals.
  • Predict elements from their properties.
  • Describe the formation of molecules in solid, liquid and gas.
  • Explain the process that occurs to molecules during the change of state.
  • Identify the properties of solid elements.
  • Identify the properties of common solid compounds.
  • Compare the properties of solid compounds.
  • Describe the properties of liquid.
  • Compare the properties of different liquids.
  • Explain how the unique properties of water make it essential for life on Earth.
  • Describe the properties of gas.
  • Investigate how different materials grow different crystals.
  • Plan how to grow crystals at home.
  • Predict and hypothesise which crystals will grow best at home. 
Learning Objectives 
In Lessons 1 to 15, students learn about:
  1. The universe is made up of very small particles called atoms
  2. The first two and most common elements in the universe – hydrogen and helium
  3. The role of hydrogen in the formation of the early universe and its importance to life on Earth
  4. Some of the first 18 elements of the periodic table.
  5. The story of Mendeleev and the development of the periodic table.
  6. The physical properties of elements.
  7. The main elements that make up the human body.
  8. The elements that are present in healthcare products, and their benefits.
  9. The steps in the Scientific Method.
  10. Conducting part one of the experiment by following the Scientific Method.
  11. Conducting part two of the experiment by following the Scientific Method.
  12. Evaluating and explaining the results of the experiment.
  13. Reporting and communicating our results of the experiment to an audience.
Progress Tests 
Progress Tests are conducted after every second lesson, allowing teachers to monitor student understanding of the concepts taught over the past two lessons and to identify where reteaching is needed. The Teaching Guide contains the testing questions, and the Student Workbook has a section where students write their answers and score themselves.

Structured Research Activity
The Structured Research Activity (SRA) for this unit is: Students plan, conduct and report on an experiment to test the effectiveness of toothpaste at removing stains. The SRA takes place over two lessons so students can apply the Science Understanding and Science Inquiry Skills covered in the unit. Teachers use the Guide to Making Judgements, which is included in the Teaching Guide, to mark the SRA.

End-of-Unit Assessment
The last lesson is the End-of-Unit Assessment, which has a variety of question formats (e.g. label the diagram, circle the correct answer) to assess student mastery of content from the unit. The End-of-Unit Assessment is in the Teaching Guide. Teachers copy the assessment and distribute to students at testing time. 
Explicit Instruction For Science
Oz-e-science uses a teaching approach and curriculum that uses explicit teaching of content knowledge of science and explicit teaching and practical scientific inquiry using the Scientific Method. Read more about pedagogy here.  

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