For a small percentage of students with special education needs, particularly those with an intellectual disability, adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment may not be sufficient to access some or all of the Stage 4 and Stage 5 outcomes. These students may best fulfil the curriculum requirements for Science Years 7–10 by undertaking Life Skills outcomes and content.
In order to provide a relevant and meaningful program of study that reflects the needs, interests and abilities of each student, schools may integrate Science Years 7–10 Life Skills outcomes and content across a variety of school and community contexts.
The following points need to be taken into consideration:
- specific Life Skills outcomes will be selected on the basis that they meet the particular needs, goals and priorities of each student
- students are not required to complete all outcomes
- outcomes may be demonstrated independently or with support.
A range of adjustments to teaching, learning and assessment experiences should be explored before a decision is made to access Years 7–10 Life Skills outcomes and content. Decisions about curriculum options for students with special education needs should be made through the collaborative curriculum planning process.
The Years 7–10 Life Skills outcomes and content are developed from the Stage 4 and Stage 5 objectives of the Science K–10 (incorporating Science and Technology K-6) Syllabus. They indicate the knowledge, understanding and skills expected to be gained by most students as a result of effective teaching and learning by the end of a stage.
Further information in relation to planning, implementing and assessing Life Skills outcomes and content can be found on the Board's website.