The Australian Curriculum: Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives.

The proposed revisions to the Australian Curriculum: Science improve the conceptual sequence of content and give teachers greater clarity and guidance about what they are expected to teach. In particular, content descriptions in the science understanding and science as a human endeavour strands have been refined to remove ambiguity and clarify the depth and breadth of content. In the renamed science inquiry strand, content has been refined to more clearly articulate the progression of learning.

Please see Australian Curriculum – Science, What has changed and Why for more detail on the proposed revisions.

Australian Curriculum Review – the process

In preparing for the Review, ACARA:

  • considered the latest research and international developments; and
  • consulted with practising teachers, curriculum experts, key academics and professional associations.

We formed the Science Curriculum Reference Group and the Teacher Reference Group to provide advice and feedback, with members nominated by state and territory education authorities and non-government sectors.

We also wanted a specific focus on primary schools, so we created the Primary (F–Y6) Curriculum Reference Group and the Teacher Reference Group, which helped give advice and feedback on how we could improve the curriculum for our youngest students.

From this research, teacher feedback and our work with the reference groups, we identified some key areas where the Science curriculum could be improved.

Download the Science Consultation Curriculum

The proposed Australian Curriculum is available in three formats:

  • all elements
    • introductory information - includes the rationale, aims, organisation of the learning area, key connections and key considerations
    • curriculum content for all levels - includes year/band level descriptions, achievement standards, content descriptions and elaborations
  • scope and sequence - with achievement standards and content descriptions only
  • comparative information - showing the current and proposed revisions to content descriptions and achievement standards only.
You can access the primary level scope and sequence charts that combine all the learning areas and are presented by year level