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Foundation - Changes in Our EnvironmentStudents will be encouraged to use PALMS activities and their five senses to discover how changes in the weather and seasons affect their personal and social lives. Emphasis will be placed on observation and testing.
Scheduled Release of Materials: June 2017

The Year 1 PALMS activities will include extensions covering short and longer-term changes to the sky and the landscape. Students will explore differences in the sky from day to night, make their own weather recording equipment measuring changes in rain, wind and temperature so they can produce their own weather reports and find out why we have seasons.
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The Year 2 PALMS activities introduce students to the resources that are used by themselves and in schools. Water, soil, mineral and human resources will be examined and the concept of sustainability introduced. They will audit both the school’s use of resources and their own. They will then suggest what might happen if one resource was no longer available and suggest measures to reduce waste.
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The Year 3 PALMS activities encourage students to use scientific testing and accurate measurements to explain how Earth’s rotation and the Sun’s light causes day, night and shadows. They construct simple equipment to measure time in years, months, days and minutes. They also create models to display the relative sizes and movement of the Sun, Earth and Moon.
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Year 7 - Oil & Water

The Year 4 PALMS activities look at how the surface of the Earth changes as a result of natural processes and of human activity. Fossils and rocks will be used to demonstrate changes over geological time whilst weathering and erosion activities will model relatively short-term changes. Students will be asked to audit the more recent positive and negative results of humans and weather on landscape in Australia and overseas. Soils are produced by weathering and are an essential resource. Students will investigate the chemical and physical characteristics of soils and find how these can affect usage.  The use of fair testing and correct terminology will be encouraged.
Scheduled Release of Materials: December 2016

Year 9 - Plate Tectonics

The Year 5 PALMS activities encourage students to consider scientific and other explanations for the construction of the Solar System. The Sun, planets and smaller bodies will be researched and mathematically modeled with consideration to accuracy of scale. The factors controlling planetary position, size, composition and orbits will be tested. The position of the Sun as the primary source of almost all energy on Earth will be researched. Students are encouraged to recognise how scientific explanations change over time as new technologies are discovered and new thinking occurs.
Scheduled Release of Materials: June 2017

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