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7–10Science 7–10 Syllabus

Record of changes
Implementation in 2026
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Rationale

The study of science in Years 7–10 is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour. It encourages, inspires and enables students to develop knowledge and understanding of the world through observation, questioning, experimentation, discussion, critical analysis and creative thinking.

The Science 7–10 Syllabus supports the development of scientific literacy through the Working scientifically processes, and provides students with the scientific knowledge required to investigate phenomena, make predictions and solve problems.

As the oldest living continuous Cultures in the world, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have developed their Cultural Knowledges over millennia. These Knowledges are not static and continue to develop. Through the study of science, students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Cultural and Scientific Ways of Knowing, Being and Doing.

Making connections across scientific disciplines and other subject areas develops students’ conceptual understanding of science and its relationship with the world. This enables students to recognise the role of science in solving existing and emerging real-world problems. Students learn to apply their knowledge and understanding to solve familiar and unfamiliar problems.

The Science 7–10 Syllabus provides opportunities for students to participate in experiences that develop their scientific knowledge and capabilities, and that engage them as scientifically literate citizens.

By studying science, students develop an understanding of the social and cultural contexts of science. This provides a basis for students to make reasoned, evidence-based and ethical decisions. The Science 7–10 Syllabus encourages students to find innovative solutions to science-related, social and global issues, including sustainable futures.