GUIDELINES for best practice for microbiology in Australian schools

Safety issues are a significant consideration in the teaching of microbiology as the subject is practical-based and there is potential for exposure to infectious organisms. It is the strict observance of correct procedures, which enables staff and students to work safely.

These guidelines outline the underpinning knowledge and laboratory techniques required for schools to successfully prepare, deliver and disassemble microbiology practical activities.

Chemical Management Handbook for Australian Schools - Edition 3

The Chemical Management Handbook was developed by Science ASSIST in recognition of a need for guidance on the safe handling, storage and waste disposal of chemicals in schools. The Handbook provides information on most of the chemicals in the Science ASSIST List of Recommended Chemicals in the form of a one page summary per chemical, which covers safe handling, storage and first aid, and waste disposal procedures.

Is there too much air in chip packets? - Year 5 CLE

In this investigation, students explore the properties of gases and liquids. They will follow instructions to predict the effect of changing a variable when planning an investigation. They will use equipment in safe ways and improve the accuracy of their results. Students will construct a table to organise data. They will compare their data with their predictions and describe the fairness of the investigation.

This CLE is aimed at enhancing a unit already being taught on the properties of solids, liquids and gases.

Changing landscapes - Year 4 CLE

In this investigation, students explore what can shape the natural landscape.

Human activities and the resulting effects on a local surface over time are explored in terms of the consequences for the environment.

This CLE could be taught as part of a cross-curricular unit that incorporates Year 4 HASS content descriptions;

Make it move - Year F CLE

In this investigation, younger students observe and compare the movement of various common toys.

Learning intentions

Students will be able to:

  • identify and describe ways in which objects move;
  • observe, share and reflect on ways in which objects move;
  • respond to questions about familiar objects and events such as, the ways in which objects move;
  • observe and compare the ways different-sized objects move;
  • engage in discussions about observations;
  • use methods such as drawing to represent ideas.


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