Chemistry in Stage 6 science furthers students’ knowledge and understanding of the chemical world strand in K–10 science by engaging in chemical concepts and explaining the relationship between atoms and the macro world.

The chemistry syllabus focuses on fundamental chemistry concepts and skills, the nature of materials including natural and synthetic substances and the contemporary theories which underpin our understanding of chemistry. There is an emphasis on empirical investigations and modelling, including practical investigations to produce a variety of chemical reactions and important compounds. There is an emphasis on mathematics with opportunities to engage in organic chemistry and chemical synthesis and analysis.

Support materials for the new chemistry 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 Chemistry (DOC 50.2KB) offers suggested topics in which to use sensors and data loggers.

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

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