NEW Science and Technology K-6 and Technology Mandatory 7-8 syllabuses

NEW Science and Technology K-6 and Technology Mandatory 7-8 syllabuses


The new Science and Technology syllabus for
K-6 students will be implemented in 2019. This syllabus gives
primary teachers the means to build the skills, interest and confidence of young
students, fostering their curiosity giving them the tools and the processes
to be able to answer their questions and develop innovative design solutions. The new syllabus helps foster big-picture thinking. It’s about understanding the
system within which everything works the components – the individual components
within that system. The key here is the development of strong
scientific and design process that can be applied to anything. This is a methodical and
critical approach to learning that involves questioning, challenging common
assumptions and a constant refining of designs. We question everything we do –
what worked, what didn’t work and how can we learn from those failures to achieve
success? So this big-picture thinking is supported by an adaptable toolkit – those
kinds of skills that students can use to solve big problems. They can link
together and adapt their ideas. Our students have developed a productive
relationship with our local high school and go into to Year 7 well-prepared
for the Science and Technology syllabuses. NESA has also developed new syllabuses
for Technology Mandatory for students in Year 7 and 8 in New South Wales schools. The skills and knowledge that are learned
in this course will build upon
the skills in design and production that students will learn in Science and
Technology from Kindergarten through to Year 6. The syllabus includes content
from agriculture and food technologies also from engineered systems and digital
technologies. It will still provide opportunities for students to learn
about a range of material contexts. For the first time in New South Wales
students will learn about nutrition and healthy eating and where their food
comes from. There will also be opportunities to learn about coding and
computational thinking and to use these skills in the solution of digital
problems. The K-6 Science and Technology syllabus is
an acknowledgement that the early years of learning are vital to STEM education in the future. The skills that students are developing when they’re conducting investigations and
designing solutions will provide the means to a smooth transition to success
when they go to secondary school. It will go a long way to inspire our next
generation of scientists and designers.

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