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7–10Science 7–10 Syllabus

Record of changes
Implementation in 2026
Expand for detailed implementation advice

Outcomes

Stage 4
Stage 5
Life Skills
SC4-WS-01Working scientifically Observing

uses scientific tools and instruments for observations

SC4-WS-02Working scientifically Questioning and predicting

identifies questions and makes predictions to guide scientific investigations

SC4-WS-03Working scientifically Planning investigations

plans safe and valid investigations

SC4-WS-04Working scientifically Conducting investigations

follows a planned procedure to undertake safe and valid investigations

SC4-WS-05Working scientifically Processing data and information

uses a variety of ways to process and represent data

SC4-WS-06Working scientifically Analysing data and information

uses data to identify trends, patterns and relationships, and draw conclusions

SC4-WS-07Working scientifically Problem-solving

identifies problem-solving strategies and proposes solutions

SC4-WS-08Working scientifically Communicating

communicates scientific concepts and ideas using a range of communication forms

SC4-OTU-01

explains how observations are used by scientists to increase knowledge and understanding of the Universe

SC4-FOR-01

describes the effects of forces in everyday contexts

SC4-CLS-01

describes the unique features of cells in living things and how structural features can be used to classify organisms

SC4-SOL-01

explains how the properties of substances enable separation in a range of techniques

SC4-LIV-01

describes the role, structure and function of a range of living systems and their components

SC4-PRT-01

explains how uses of elements and compounds are influenced by scientific understanding and discoveries relating to their properties

SC4-CHG-01

explains how energy causes geological and chemical change

SC4-DA1-01

explains how data is used by scientists to model and predict scientific phenomena

SC5-WS-01Working scientifically Observing

selects and uses scientific tools and instruments for accurate observations

SC5-WS-02Working scientifically Questioning and predicting

develops questions and hypotheses for scientific investigation

SC5-WS-03Working scientifically Planning investigations

designs safe, ethical, valid and reliable investigations

SC5-WS-04Working scientifically Conducting investigations

follows a planned procedure to undertake safe, ethical, valid and reliable investigations

SC5-WS-05Working scientifically Processing data and information

selects and uses a range of tools to process and represent data

SC5-WS-06Working scientifically Analysing data and information

analyses data from investigations to identify trends, patterns and relationships, and draws conclusions

SC5-WS-07Working scientifically Problem-solving

selects suitable problem-solving strategies and evaluates proposed solutions to identified problems

SC5-WS-08Working scientifically Communicating

communicates scientific arguments with evidence, using scientific language and terminology in a range of communication forms

SC5-EGY-01

evaluates current and alternative energy use based on ethical and sustainability considerations

SC5-DIS-01

explains how an understanding of the causes of disease can be used to prevent and manage the spread of disease

SC5-MAT-01

assesses the uses of materials based on their physical and chemical properties

SC5-ENV-01

analyses the impact of human activity on the natural world

SC5-GEV-01

describes the relationship between the diversity of living things and the theory of evolution

SC5-GEV-02

explains how DNA is responsible for the transmission of heritable characteristics and can be manipulated through genetic technologies

SC5-RXN-01

describes a range of reaction types

SC5-RXN-02

explains the factors that affect the rate of chemical reactions

SC5-WAM-01

describes the features and applications of different forms of waves

SC5-WAM-02

explains the motion of objects using Newton’s laws of motion

SC5-DA2-01

assesses the use of scientific knowledge and data in evidence-based decisions and when verifying the legitimacy of claims

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-WS-01Working scientifically Observing

uses senses and scientific tools to make observations

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-WS-02Working scientifically Questioning and predicting

asks questions or makes predictions using observations

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-WS-03Working scientifically Planning investigations

participates in planning safe investigations

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-WS-04Working scientifically Conducting investigations

safely participates in an investigation by following a sequence

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-WS-05Working scientifically Processing data and information

records data and information

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-WS-06Working scientifically Analysing data and information

interprets data and information

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-WS-07Working scientifically Problem-solving

identifies problems and strategies that can be used to solve them

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-WS-08Working scientifically Communicating

communicates scientific information

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-OTU-01

makes observations about the Universe

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-FOR-01

recognises forces in everyday contexts

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-FNS-01

identifies features of living and non-living things

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-FNS-02

describes ways to sustain a variety of living things

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-SOL-01

describes the properties of familiar substances and materials

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-CHG-01

observes chemical and geological changes

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-EGU-01

describes the use of energy in familiar contexts

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-DAS-01

uses data or evidence to make decisions

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-DIS-01

demonstrates practices to prevent the spread of disease

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-RES-01

manages personal resources

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-RES-02

contributes to sustainable practices in the community

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-GEV-01

identifies personal genetic traits

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-RXN-01

describes chemical reactions

Life Skills for Stage 4/5
SCLS-WAM-01

describes the motion of waves or objects