Australian Curriculum for Science – Help for Homeschooling

Do You Want To Teach The Australian Curriculum for Science

Teaching science is a core subject in any child’s curriculum.

Find out the Australian Curriculum for science:

  • Do you need to teach the Australian Curriculum For Science
  • Is organised for teaching
  • Get ideas on resources
  • Evolution and creation content

Do You Need To Teach The Australian Curriculum For Science

The Australian curriculum has been written for all Australian schools to follow. Whilst it is compulsory for all states and territories, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia all have their own particular version of the Australian Curriculum. All other states and territories follow the curriculum as shown on the Australian Curriculum website.  According to Sydney University academics the science curriculum still has many challenges – one noted one is the absence of technology in the syllabus.

NSW and WA are the only states to have their homeschool registration linked to the Australian Curriculum. Currently all other homeschoolers can decide whether to follow the Australian curriculum.

For those studying in NSW who are worried that the NSW Board of Studies syllabus and the Australian Curriculum do not marry exactly do not fret. Here is a quote taken from the NSW Homeschool Registration Package 2013, “the educational program identifies the intended learning outcomes BASED ON the relevant Board of Studies syllabus and relevant content.” Since the NSW syllabus is based on the Australian Curriculum differences are minimal and your program only needs to be based on the NSW Board of Studies syllabus which is, as mentioned, based on the Australian Curriculum anyway. The extra component to the New South Wales syllabus that I would like to point out is the additional teaching of technology as part of the science curriculum.

How Is The Australian Curriculum For Science Organised

The Australian Curriculum divides science into three strands.

1. Science Understanding

  • Living World: biology: botany, zoology, anatomy
  • Earth and Space Science: Environmental Science, Geology and Astronomy
  • Physical World: Physics
  • Chemical World: Chemistry


Living World – Zoology (learning about animals) and Nature study will cover all of your biology needs.

Earth and Space Science – Weather, seasons, the earths resources, astronomy rotation of the earth.

Physical World – Light, sound, levers, push and pull, how objects move, and where animals live are all that needs to be covered.

Chemical World – What are things made of (wood, plastic, glass), changing shape of materials (aluminium foil, dough, balloon)

2. Science Skills

This brings to mind experiments, chemicals, analytical thinking, microscopes and scientific research. All these topics are a part of science and when your children are young you can begin introducing these topics to them in a very natural and enjoyable way. Including:

  • Question and observe and make predictions
  • Plan experiments and make collect data
  • Analyse and evaluate data
  • Communicate in a scientific way.

3. Science as a Human Endeavour

Science biographies illustrate the influence great men have had on science through human endeavour. They also demonstrate the development of science inquiry skills as observation, questioning, planning, processing and evaluating are used in real life examples.

  • Study scientists and how their knowledge has developed over time.
  • How science affects people’s lives and the way they work.

For more specific recommendations see our free Homeschool Curriculum Guides

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  1. Therese Bizabishaka  January 18, 2016

    I was planning on purchasing your science resource pack for my yr1 (NSW) but am a bit confused as to what to use for my yr 3 student.

  2. Kathryn Coard  August 3, 2014

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you for all the work you have been doing.

    In NSW is it possible for us to do high school science in blocks ?
    My daughter is grade 7 this year and we have mainly covered chemistry and physics this year , so I was thinking of focusing on biology and Earth science next year.
    I also have my registration due in January so will need to look at year 9 as well.

    Kind Regards


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