Science syllabus implementation

Introductory webinar events and recordings

These live webinars and recordings support new syllabus implementation.

The new Science and Technology K-6 syllabus was released by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) in 2017.

Each of the recordings supports teachers' knowledge and understanding of the Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus, including new content for digital technologies and thinking skills (computational, design and systems).

Viewing the recordings contributes to teacher identified professional learning (non-registered).


Unpacking the new Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus (staff only) (NR21149)
(prerequisite for face-to-face workshops)

Recorded 9 May 2018

38 minutes

Computational thinking (staff only) (NR21150)

Recorded 16 May 2018

28 minutes

Design thinking (staff only) (NR21151)

Recorded 23 May 2018

30 minutes

Systems thinking (staff only) (NR21685)

Recorded 30 May 2018

25 minutes

Digital technologies (Part One - plugged) (staff only) (NR21687)

Recorded 6 June 2018

27 minutes

Digital technologies (Part Two - unplugged) (staff only) (NR21688)

Recorded 13 June 2018

30 minutes

Online self-paced learning

Teaching with the Science and Technology K-6 syllabus is designed to

  • support you implementing the Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus
  • help you engage with the Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus and consider implications to support effective learning and teaching.

Online, self-paced learning

This eLearning course can be completed independently, however, participants are encouraged to work with a buddy to engage in collegial discussion. It is also possible to work through this course in groups or teams.

Learning objectives

In this eLearning course you will:

  • investigate time allocations for teaching science and technology
  • understand the rationale and intent of the Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus
  • understand the structure of the syllabus and the organisation of content
  • identify similarities and differences between the current and previous syllabuses
  • explore ‘working scientifically’ and ‘design and production’
  • understand how inquiry underpins the learning and teaching of science and technology.


A deliverable consisting of five tasks is required to complete this eLearning course. Evidence of your learning for each of the five tasks is to be recorded in your participant journal. The participant journal can be downloaded.

The five tasks of the deliverable include:

  1. Time allocation for science and technology
  2. Syllabus rationale
  3. Skills continuum
  4. Inquiry-based learning – two parts
  5. Implications for learning and teaching.

Your participant journal needs to be completed and submitted to your principal or supervisor for verification on completion of this eLearning course. If working as a group or team, each participant is still required to complete their own participant journal which must be submitted for principal or supervisor verification.

Total registered hours: 3

Enrol in MyPL (RG04489

Face-to-face workshops

A range of professional learning opportunities are available to support science syllabus implementation. Use the calendar for full details and registration.

  • K-6 – Implementing the Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus
  • S6 – Science Extension Syllabus implementation workshops
  • S6 – Investigating Science teacher network meetings


A range of learning and teaching materials, advice and other resources to support syllabus implementation are available.

Syllabus content mapping documents

This suite of documents contains a mapping of outcomes between the old and current syllabuses.

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2017.

Schools may wish to use the syllabus content mapping documents to unpack what is similar and different in the skills, knowledge and understanding strands of the existing and new syllabuses.

S6 Investigating Science

Professional learning networks

Teacher networks have been established for Investigating Science to enable teachers to collaborate and share best practice.

S6 Science Extension

Module 1

  • Resources on examples of evidence used to support scientific hypotheses
  • Units of learning
  • Assessment tasks
  • Scope and sequences

Module 2

  • Datasets for analysis
  • Tools for developing literature reviews
  • Reference manager tools
  • Units of learning
  • Assessment tasks
  • Scope and sequences

Module 3

  • Tools for statistical analyses
  • Analysing large datasets (LHC, Kepler, HGP)
  • Units of learning
  • Assessment tasks
  • Scope and sequences

Module 4

  • Rubrics for portfolio and report assessments
  • Tools for compiling reports
  • Units of learning
  • Assessment tasks
  • Scope and sequences

Contact us

Primary support

Easter Carmeli
Science and Technology Advisor K–6
02 9266 8542

Secondary support

Sham Nair
Science Adviser 7–12
02 9244 5432

Penny Gill
Science Stage 6 Project Advisor
9244 5432

Alexa Barr
Science Stage 6 Project Advisor

Chris Bormann
Science Stage 6 Project Officer
0436 803 746
Coffs Harbour

Marc Kates
Science Stage 6 Project Officer

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