09 Science

Year 9:  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


Assessment tasks include:

  • multi-cellular organisms rely on coordinated and interdependent internal systems to respond to changes to their environment
  • ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems
  • all matter is made of atoms that are composed of protons, neutrons and electrons; natural radioactivity arises from the decay of nuclei in atoms
  • chemical reactions involve rearranging atoms to form new substances; during a chemical reaction mass is not created or destroyed
  • chemical reactions, including combustion and the reactions of acids, are important in both non-living and living systems and involve energy transfer
  • the theory of plate tectonics explains global patterns of geological activity and continental movement
  • energy transfer through different mediums can be explained using wave and particle models

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