08 Science

Year 8:  Full Year / 2 Semesters / Advanced Technologies Science

Australian Curriculum Website:  https://australiancurriculum.edu.au/f-10-curriculum/science

Pre-Requisite:  Nil


The science inquiry skills and science as a human endeavour strands are described across a two-year band. In their planning, schools and teachers refer to the expectations outlined in the achievement standard and also to the content of the science understanding strand for the relevant year level to ensure that these two strands are addressed over the two-year period. The three strands of the curriculum are interrelated and their content is taught in an integrated way. The order and detail in which the content descriptions are organised into teaching and learning programs are decisions to be made by the teacher.

Topics may include

  • biological sciences
  • chemical sciences
  • earth and space sciences
  • physical sciences


Assesment tasks include:

  • cells are the basic units of living things; they have specialised structures and functions
  • multi-cellular organisms contain systems of organs carrying out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce
  • properties of the different states of matter can be explained in terms of the motion and arrangement of particles
  • differences between elements, compounds and mixtures can be described at a particle level
  • chemical change involves substances reacting to form new substances
  • sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by processes that occur within Earth over a variety of timescales
  • energy appears in different forms, including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and energy transformations and transfers cause change within systems

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