Biology in Stage 6 science furthers students’ knowledge and understanding of the living world strand in Science K–10 by engaging in biological concepts and explaining the origins and evolution and life on earth.

The biology syllabus focuses on the evolution of life in a contemporary Australian context, focusing on Australian flora and fauna. There is an emphasis on field work and biological surveying, including performing practical investigations to explain how systems work, including population dynamics and present and future ecosystems. Students also have opportunities to engage in human biology and explore genetics and both infectious and non-infectious disease.

Support materials for the new biology syllabus

The following support materials may be adapted by teachers to meet the individual needs of their schools. They will be published progressively in Term 4 2017. The support materials were developed by NSW public school teachers as part of the Stage 6 mEsh project where 62 teachers led writing teams (over 150 teachers) across NSW.

Using data loggers in Stage 6 biology (DOC 50.8KB) provides advice and suggestions on where the use of data loggers and sensors are appropriate.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) have support resources such as sample units and assessment schedules for the new biology syllabus (HSC 2019 onwards) and the biology syllabus (HSC 2018).

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