Chemistry - Year 6
Chemistry Year 6 is a Chemical Sciences curriculum program for Year 6 students. It aligns to the Australian Curriculum Science Understanding:
  • Changes to materials can be reversible or irreversible (ACSSU0950).

This curriculum program is currently being updated to align with the Australian Curriculum 9.0. Updated versions will be released in early 2024. 

Learning Objectives 
In Lessons 1 to 9, students learn about:
  • electrons
  • how some atoms share electrons and bond together
  • how some atoms are highly reactive while others are happy as they are
  • how objects and chemical elements can be sorted by their properties
  • how elements are sorted into the Periodic Table of Elements by their properties
  • the physical changes of materials
  • the chemical changes of materials
  • how to conduct an experiment using the scientific method
  • presenting the findings of their experiment. 
Success Criteria
  • Explain what electrons are.
  • Describe where electrons can be found in different elements.
  • Represent the number of electrons in an electron game.
  • Explain how atoms can give or take electrons from other atoms.
  • Describe how giving and taking electrons leads to atoms and bonding.
  • Represent how atoms bond in the electron bonding game.
  • Explain why some atoms are more reactive than others.
  • Sort atoms by their reactivity.
  • Describe how objects can be sorted into tables by their properties.
  • Describe how elements are sorted into the Periodic Table of Elements.
  • Sort elements into the period table by their properties.
  • Predict where elements might be placed in the Periodic Table.
  • Explain what happens when a material physically changes.
  • Describe what happens to the molecules when physical change occurs.
  • Predict what happens when slime is physically changed.
  • Explain what happens when a material chemically changes.
  • Describe what happens to the molecules when chemical change occurs.
  • Predict what happens in an everyday reaction.
  • Ask a question, develop a hypothesis, predict an outcome for an experiment, and observe to understand which liquids can make iron rust.
  • Observe, evaluate and explain our experiment to understand which liquids can make iron rust.  
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 baking cookies to observe how changes to materials can be reversible or irreversible. 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 applies a teaching approach and curriculum that uses explicit teaching of content and knowledge of science as well as explicit teaching and practical scientific inquiry using the Scientific Method. Read more about pedagogy here.

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