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Science and technology K-6

New syllabus

The Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus was released by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) in 2017. It includes Australian Curriculum content and content that clarifies learning for Science and Technology from Early Stage 1 to Stage 3.

Support available

Schools must start teaching the new Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus from 2019. Professional support is ready. Visit our science syllabus implementation page to see options and book.

What is similar?

The structure and many of the features of the previous science and technology syllabus have been retained, including the:

  • rationale
  • aim
  • objectives and outcomes
  • stage statements
  • content organised in stages of learning
  • glossary.

What is different?

  • Design and production replaces working technologically.
  • The working scientifically and design and production skills continuum unpacks the skills students will develop from Early Stage 1 to Stage 3.
  • The number of outcomes has been reduced from 58 to 40.
  • Values and attitudes is a statement.
  • Inquiry questions and focus questions are provided to focus teaching and learning. They guide and frame the syllabus content.
  • The syllabus provides opportunities for types of thinking to be incorporated into the knowledge, understanding and skills. The four thinking skills are:
    • computational thinking
    • design thinking
    • scientific thinking
    • systems thinking
  • The coding of Australian curriculum science (ACS), design and technologies (ACTDE) and digital technologies (ACTDI) content is included.
  • The content focus provides teachers with background information about the outcome in any stage of learning.

There are 5 knowledge and understanding strands and 2 skills strands for each stage of learning.

Knowledge and understanding strandsSkills strands
  1. Living world
  2. Material world
  3. Physical world
  4. Earth and space
  5. Digital technologies
  1. Working scientifically
  2. Design and production
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