Science K–10 (incorporating Science and Technology K–6)

The study of science and technology in Early Stage 1 to Stage 3 is mandatory and provides a foundation for the knowledge and skills addressed in Stages 4 and 5. It provides the opportunity to foster students’ sense of wonder and expand their natural curiosity about the world around them.

The content of the course is structured into:

Knowledge and understandingSkills
Natural environment

Working scientifically

Made environment

Working technologically.

Progression of learning

It is important for schools to identify a coherent program of study for all students from K–6. The learning environment a teacher creates should challenge students to build on and expand their expertise continuously. School and class planning is based on the syllabus outcomes and their related concepts rather than predetermined topics or units of work. Further information on planning can be found on the programming page.

Progression ensures learning is cumulative, building on earlier experiences and moving through identifiable stages. Students move from being naturally inquisitive explorers and makers in a fairly unknown world, to being inquisitive and competent, increasingly able to make decisions and choose courses of action based on a growing understanding of their world.

Not all students will move through the progression at the same rate, nor even in the same sequence. Sample teaching and learning resources for Early Stage 1 to Stage 3 can be found on the resourcespage.

Additional support can be found on the professional learning and further information pages.

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