Teacher background information


Year 9 Science Content Description

Science Inquiry Skills


Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS174 - Scootle )

  • acknowledging and exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ ways of communicating their understanding of the internal systems of organisms

This elaboration provides students with an opportunity to develop this core Science Inquiry Skill whilst addressing intercultural science inquiry skills relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures within the context of the following content description(s) from the Science Understanding and/or Science as a Human Endeavour strand(s). 

Multi-cellular organisms rely on coordinated and interdependent internal systems to respond to changes to their environment (ACSSU175) 

A potential way to approach this content description is: 

Students could investigate published records that depict Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander material culture items that communicate information about the internal features of animals, for example, the circulatory, digestive, or reproductive systems as depicted in X-Ray paintings, sculptures, or head dresses. This provides students with the opportunity to learn about the conventions used in scientific drawings and discover parallels in such representations made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.