Your school and the syllabus for science and technology K--6


Rationale / context

Presenter notes (.pdf 865kB)

Welcome to Your school and the syllabus for science and technology K6. This course provides an opportunity to engage with the Years K–6 component of the new Science K–10 (incorporating Science and Technology K–6) syllabus and to commence planning for implementation.

Work your way across the tab headings above. Complete all activities before attempting the course deliverable (.pdf 193kB).

Watch the video on the right for information about this course.

Tanya Coli
Senior Curriculum Support Officer, Technology K–12
NSW Curriculum Learning and Innovation Centre

At the completion of this course, participants will have:

  • examined the structure and content of the new Science K–10 (incorporating Science and Technology K–6) syllabus

  • identified individual and/or team strengths and needs in relation to implementing the syllabus

  • identified strengths and needs in teaching programs and resources in relation to the syllabus

  • completed a self audit and team audit to determine levels of confidence of team members in implementing the syllabus

  • created a draft action plan for the implementation of the syllabus

Your school and the syllabus for science and technology K6 is a course assisting schools to prepare to implement the new Science K–10 (incorporating Science and Technology K–6) syllabus. It focusses on the K–6 science and technology component of the syllabus. There is a separate course for Science 7–10. Both courses are part of a series of courses under the banner Implementing new curriculum.

To facilitate a collaborative approach to syllabus implementation, teachers are encouraged to undertake this course in teams, for example, a primary stage team or whole primary staff. An experienced teacher or supervisor may lead a group of teachers through these courses as a presenter and may find the presenter notes (.pdf 865kB) useful. Teachers undertaking the course individually and in isolation may consider working with teachers from other schools when completing team activities.

If the opportunity for collaboration is not available, teachers may complete the courses individually, and then confer with a supervisor to have their course completion verified on My PL@EDU.

Summary of course requirements


Indicative time




100 minutes

Participants review the key messages and features of the syllabus. They explore the progression of learning, key ideas and content.

For a selected strand:

  • examine the pathway of learning by sequencing the outcomes

  • compare content from the current syllabus with the new science and technology K–6 syllabus.

Where possible, discuss your observations with colleagues.


120 minutes

Participants identify strengths and needs in teaching programs and resources and consider the implications of these when implementing the new syllabus.

Complete an individual audit and then collate the audit responses of your colleagues to prioritise school professional learning needs and the development/acquisition of resources.


60 minutes

Participants identify issues in relation to syllabus implementation and develop a timeframe around actions to address these.

Create a draft action plan for the implementation of the syllabus. This is the course deliverable.

Wrap up

10 minutes

Where to next?

Checklist and online feedback.

  • This course has been developed to cater for the diverse needs of teachers. Some of the readings are optional and intended as resources for further learning.

  • Create a new folder for any documents associated with this course in a place convenient to you.

  • Individual activities are included as interactive PDF files in each section of this course. However, you may wish to download the Activity booklet with all the activities as a PDF (.pdf 1002kB) or Word (.docx 2MB) document.

  • Don’t forget to back up regularly!

Throughout this course you will find the following icons:

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This DEC course (code 151CLC033) is registered professional development under the terms of the NSW Institute of Teachers Continuing Professional Development policy.

For teachers accredited at Professional Competence, completion of this course or program will contribute 5 hours towards Institute Registered professional development.

Professional Teaching Standards addressed in this course

Standard addressed by course (from NSW Institute of Teachers)

Description of course content and how it addresses the Element and/or Standard

Course participants :

1.2.1: Apply and use knowledge of the content/discipline(s) through effective, content-rich, teaching activities and programs relevant to the stage.

  • complete scaffolded activities to analyse new syllabus content and structure, audit current resources and perform gap analysis in the context of the needs of learners, programming and planning principles and the NSW Quality Teaching model.

3.2.1: Identify and articulate clear learning goals that reflect important conceptual understandings of the content/discipline(s) taught.

  • engage in activities to deepen understanding of the progression of learning and the sequence of key conceptual understandings to be taught when implementing the new science and technology K–6 syllabus.

  • discuss how an understanding of the progression of learning supports students' future learning and identify implications for planning and programming.

  • complete a scaffolded audit of teaching programs, units of work and resources in their own situation in the context of learning across the curriculum; the continuum of learning addressed through science and technology K–6.

6.2.1 Reflect critically on teaching and learning practice to enhance student learning outcomes.

  • reflect on their capacity to develop and teach units of work aligned to the new science and technology syllabus through the completion of individual and team audits.

  • discuss the implications of the audit results on whole school planning for implementation of the syllabus. Following deep reflection on the content and structure of the new syllabus and analysis of individual, team and programming audits, participants develop a draft syllabus implementation action plan.

The Department of Education and Communities is a NSW Institute of Teachers endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence.

Scope of endorsement all Elements of the NSW Professional Teaching Standards

In order for new scheme teachers accredited at Professional Competence to have these hours added to their ‘professional learning log’ at the NSW Institute of Teachers, the following steps must be taken:

  1. Before commencing the course, advise your supervisor of your intention to do so and discuss the course requirements. Your supervisor will have to verify your completion of the course for maintenance of accreditation purposes.

  2. Enrol in the scheduled event in My PL@Edu using your DEC portal username and password. For more details see Participants: Searching for and enrolling in professional learning events via My PL@Edu (.pdf 1.12MB)

  3. Complete all course activities and deliverable/s as described in the Course overview section (above).

  4. Provide the completed deliverable/s to your supervisor for approval.

  5. Complete the evaluation on My PL@Edu.

  6. Have a follow up discussion with your supervisor when you have completed the course and deliverable/s. Your supervisor will then inform the course deliverer that you have met all requirements for the course and ensure this is recorded on My PL@Edu.

  7. Allow at least 10 working days for your details to be passed on to the NSW Institute of Teachers.

  8. Within 3 months of completing the course, login to your account on the NSWIT website to complete the online evaluation so that the participation hours are recorded.

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Presenter notes

Advice about how to manage the delivery of this course, including a detailed description of what each tab is about, delivery strategies and advice for completing the activities.

This information is also available at the bottom of each page in the course.

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Activity booklet

Presenters may wish to print out the activities beforehand and download the Activity booklet, which contains all the activities.

The Activity booklet is available as a PDF (.pdf 1002kB) or Microsoft Word (.docx 2MB) document.

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Course deliverable

The Course deliverable (.pdf 193kB) must be completed by participants and submitted to their supervisor to obtain accreditation for this course.

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Course completion checklist

The Course completion checklist (.pdf 201kB) will help ensure participants have completed all course activities. It requires supervisors to check and sign off on work completed in order to gain accreditation in the course.