ICAS_ScienceAF - THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES ICAS...

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ICAS – SCIENCE ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK www.eaa.unsw.edu.au Copyright © 2009 Educational Assessment Australia, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES A (Year 3) * determine similarities and differences between rocks * observe absorption of liquids by paper towels * measure the length of living objects * read a thermometer Questions may require students, for example, to: Earth and Beyond Natural and Processed Materials Life and Living Energy and Change B (Year 4) * observe geographical features including mountain sand rivers * observe differences between natural and synthetic materials * identify human senses * observe changes in ingredients when heated * identify equipment needed for humans to go into space * understand graphs relating to recycling materials * use keys to distinguish between animals * interpret simple changes in energy * make a prediction about seasonal changes * drawing conclusions about differences between natural and synthetic materials * examine the function of different body parts of living things * predict the magnetic effect of certain objects * determine how weather affects living and non-living things * examine the processes involved in recycling materials * determine characteristics of living things from data presented * select the most efficient machinery to achieve an outcome * investigate seasons and the Sun’s movement across the sky * understand the need to test and investigate new designs * examine differences between living and non-living things * investigate the uses of sound * understand how sedimentary rocks form * conclude about physical properties of materials * predict the effect of change on food webs * predict the effect of different forces applied to objects Questions may require students to do all the above as well as, for example, the following: Earth and Beyond Natural and Processed Materials Life and Living Energy and Change Paper Knowledge area Measuring and Observing Interpreting Data Predicting/Concluding from Data Investigating Reasoning/Problem Solving * deduce Earth’s rotation from diagrams * advantages and disadvantages of designs * deduce how humans have affected living and non-living cycles * deduce the direction and speed of cogs * understand tables relating to planetary data * interpret tables containing household products * identify habitats for certain living things * interpret results of a test for floating and sinking * investigate the effect of wind on objects * investigate making and using paper * experiment about attractants to bees * investigate making and using sound C (Year 5) * observe different cloud patterns * identify crystal structures of simple salts * measure living things using printed scales * examine simple circuits Questions may require students to do all the above as well as, for example, the following: Earth and Beyond Natural and Processed Materials Life and Living Energy and Change D (Year 6) * observe differences between weathering and erosion * observe differences between fresh and natural foods
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