Earth and environmental science

Earth and environmental science builds upon the knowledge and working scientifically skills gained from the earth and space strand taught in science K–­10. Students engage with the processes that have come to shape and influence the physical and biological worlds.

Earth and environmental science lies at the intersection between the earth’s four spheres. As such, it has a unique opportunity to give students an ability to become aware of, and better understand, the interconnectedness of the natural sciences that may otherwise be missed.

The syllabus maintains an equal focus on earth science and environmental science. Throughout the course, an emphasis is placed on the processes that bring about natural phenomena that can be observed all over the earth, including a student's local environment – creating a sense of relevance and connectedness with the subject. There are opportunities for students to engage in contemporary earth science, including human impacts, climate science and resource management.

Support materials for the new earth and environmental science 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 consisting (150 teachers) across NSW.

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

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