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 Earth and Environmental Science syllabus
The following support materials may be adapted by teachers to meet the individual needs of their schools.
Scope and sequence
Module resources Year 11
Module resources Year 12
The following websites may be useful for the teaching of Earth and Environmental Science:
- Australian Earth Science Education - presentations, investigations and readings mapped to the NSW Stage 6 curriculum
- Earth Science Western Australia - presentations, teacher notes, student activities and worksheets
- Geoscience Australia - virtual exhibits, videos, teacher resource booklets and student activities
- Teacher Earth Science Education Programme (TESEP) - online and in the field professional learning for teachers, teaching resources and interactive online student resources
If you need further assistance with accessibility for any of these resources, please get in touch with us at SecondaryEducationUnit@det.nsw.edu.au