Science and technology

Science and technology education has an essential place in the primary curriculum if students are to be prepared for life in the 21st century. In science and technology K-6 students learn about the natural and made environments by investigating, by designing and by using technology.

Science education assists students to understand themselves and the environment and provides opportunities for them to develop independent rational thought and responsible action.

Technology education assists students to manage and influence technological change and to gain greater control of their lives in an increasingly technological world.

Science and technology K-6 leads to study in two of eight key learning areas in the secondary curriculum, i.e. the science key learning area and the technological and applied studies key learning area.

Syllabus resources

A syllabus is a document that gives teachers an outline of what students are to be taught in a specific learning area.

Syllabus and supporting materials:

Board of Studies science and technology K-6
Science and technology K-6 DET Curriculum support.


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