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NSW Syllabuses

Science Key

Outcome Coding

Syllabus outcomes have been coded in a consistent way. The code identifies the subject, stage, outcome number and the way content is organised.

Early Stage 1 to Stage 5 are represented by the following codes:

Stages

Codes

Early Stage 1

e

Stage 1

1

Stage 2

2

Stage 3

3

Stage 4

4

Stage 5

5

Outcome Coding Kindergarten – year 6

In the Science and Technology K–6 Syllabus, the outcome codes indicate the subject, stage, outcome, strand or substrand. The values and attitudes outcomes are also coded:

Outcomes

Codes

Science and Technology (K–6)

ST

Values and Attitudes

VA

Skills strands

 

Working Scientifically

WS

Working Technologically

WT

Knowledge and Understanding strands

 

Natural Environment

NE

Made Environment

ME

Knowledge and Understanding substrands

 

Physical World

PW

Earth and Space

ES

Living World

LW

Material World

MW

Built Environments

BE

Information 

I

Products

P

For example:

This image shows what each digit in the sample outcome code STe–4WS represents. ST stands for Science and Technology, e for Early Stage 1, a dash is used next, followed by 4 for the outcome number and WS for the strand Working Scientifically.

Outcome codes

Interpretations

STe-4WS

Science and Technology, Early Stage 1 - Outcome number 4, Working Scientifically

ST2-12MW

Science and Technology, Stage 2 - Outcome number 12, Material World

Coding of the Australian Curriculum content

The syllabus includes all the Australian curriculum content descriptions for Science and Technology. The content descriptions are identified by an Australian curriculum code which appears in brackets at the end of each content description, for example:

  • Engage in discussions about observations and use methods such as drawing to represent ideas (ACSIS233).

This image shows what each digit in the sample ACARA code ACSIS233 represents. AC stands for the Australian Curriculum, S for Science, IS for Inquiry Skills strand and 233 for the element code.

Where a number of content descriptions are jointly represented, both description codes are included, for example (ACSIS212, ACSIS214).

The Australian curriculum Science codes are:

Codes

Interpretations

ACSIS

Australian Curriculum, Science Inquiry Skills

ACSHE

Australian Curriculum, Science as a Human Endeavour

ACSSU

Australian Curriculum, Science Understanding

Outcome Coding Years 7–10

In the Science 7–10 Syllabus, the outcome codes indicate the subject, stage, outcome and strand. The values and attitudes outcomes are also coded:

Outcomes

Codes

Science (Years 7–10)

SC

Science Life Skills

SCLS

Values and Attitudes

VA

Skills strand

 

Working Scientifically

WS

Knowledge and Understanding strands

 

Physical World

PW

Earth and Space

ES

Living World

LW

Chemical World

CW

For example:

This image shows what each digit in the sample outcome code SC4–4WS represents. SC stands for Science, 4 for Stage 4; a dash is used next, followed by 4 for the outcome number and WS for the strand Working Scientifically.

Outcome codes

Interpretations

SC4-4WS

Science, Stage 4 - Outcome number 4, Working Scientifically

SC5-16CW

Science, Stage 5 - Outcome number 16, Chemical World

SCLS-9WS

Science, Life Skills - Outcome number 9, Working Scientifically

Coding of the Australian Curriculum content

The syllabus includes all the Australian curriculum content descriptions for Science. The content descriptions are identified by an Australian curriculum code which appears in brackets at the end of each content description, for example:

  • Chemical change involves substances reacting to form new substances (ACSSU225).

This image shows what each digit in the sample ACARA code ACSSU225 represents. AC stands for the Australian Curriculum, S for Science, SU for the Science Understanding strand and 225 for the element code. 

Where a number of content descriptions are jointly represented, both description codes are included, for example (ACSIS125, ACSIS140).

The Australian curriculum Science codes are:

Codes

Interpretations

ACSIS

Australian Curriculum, Science Inquiry Skills

ACSHE

Australian Curriculum, Science as a Human Endeavour

ACSSU

Australian Curriculum, Science Understanding

Learning Across the Curriculum icons

Learning across the curriculum content, including cross-curriculum priorities, general capabilities and other areas identified as important learning for all students, is incorporated and identified by icons in the Science K–10 (incorporating Science and Technology K–6) Syllabus.

Cross-curriculum priorities

 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia

Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia

Sustainability

Sustainability

General capabilities

Critical and creative thinking

Critical and creative thinking

Ethical understanding

Ethical understanding

Information and communication technology capability

Information and communication technology capability

Intercultural understanding

Intercultural understanding

Literacy

Literacy

Numeracy

Numeracy

Personal and social capability

Personal and social capability

Other learning across the curriculum areas

Civics and citizenship

Civics and citizenship

Difference and diversity

Difference and diversity

Work and enterprise

Work and enterprise

See also: Learning across the curriculum in the Science K–10 (incorporating Science and Technology K–6) Syllabus