skip to main content
NSW Syllabuses

Years 7–10 Life Skills outcomes

Life Skills outcomes are presented alongside Stage 4 and 5 below, and may be used to explore content related to each outcome.

The Life Skills outcomes can also be viewed as two outcomes tables:

  • a table of Life Skills outcomes, which shows the syllabus objectives and all Life Skills outcomes
  • a table of Life Skills and related syllabus outcomes, which shows the relationship between Life Skills and Stage 4 and Stage 5 outcomes.  

 

Values and attitudes

Students:
  • develop an appreciation of the contribution of science to finding solutions to personal, social and global issues relevant to their lives now and in the future
  • develop a willingness to use evidence and reason to engage with and respond to scientific and technological ideas as informed, reflective citizens

SCLS-1VA, SCLS-2VA and SCLS-3VA refer to values and attitudes developed through the study of Science. These outcomes are integrated throughout the Science Years 7–10  Life Skills content. 

Skills

Students:
  • develop knowledge, understanding of and skills in applying the processes of Working Scientifically

Life Skills
outcomes

A student:

Stage 4
outcomes

A student:

Stage 5
outcomes

A student:
  • asks questions that can be tested and makes predictions

    SCLS-4WS
  • identifies questions and problems that can be tested or researched and makes predictions based on scientific knowledge

    SC4-4WS
  • develops questions or hypotheses to be investigated scientifically

    SC5-4WS
  • participates in planning to investigate questions or problems

    SCLS-5WS
  • collaboratively and individually produces a plan to investigate questions and problems

    SC4-5WS
  • produces a plan to investigate identified questions, hypotheses or problems, individually and collaboratively

    SC5-5WS
  • participates in an investigation by following a sequence

    SCLS-6WS
  • follows a sequence of instructions to safely undertake a range of investigation types, collaboratively and individually

    SC4-6WS
  • undertakes first-hand investigations to collect valid and reliable data and information, individually and collaboratively

    SC5-6WS
  • collects, records and interprets data and information

    SCLS-7WS
  • processes and analyses data from a first-hand investigation and secondary sources to identify trends, patterns and relationships, and draw conclusions

    SC4-7WS
  • processes, analyses and evaluates data from first-hand investigations and secondary sources to develop evidence-based arguments and conclusions

    SC5-7WS
  • recognises strategies to solve identified problems

    SCLS-8WS
  • selects and uses appropriate strategies, understanding and skills to produce creative and plausible solutions to identified problems

    SC4-8WS
  • applies scientific understanding and critical thinking skills to suggest possible solutions to identified problems

    SC5-8WS
  • uses a variety of strategies to communicate information about an investigation

    SCLS-9WS
  • presents science ideas, findings and information to a given audience using appropriate scientific language, text types and representations

    SC4-9WS
  • presents science ideas and evidence for a particular purpose and to a specific audience, using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations

    SC5-9WS

 

Knowledge and understanding

Students:
  • develop knowledge of the Physical World, Earth and Space, Living World and Chemical World, and understanding about the nature, development, use and influence of science

Life Skills
outcomes

A student:

Stage 4
outcomes

A student:

Stage 5
outcomes

A student:
  • explores a range of forces in everyday situations

    SCLS-10PW
  • describes the action of unbalanced forces in everyday situations

    SC4-10PW
  • applies models, theories and laws to explain situations involving energy, force and motion

    SC5-10PW
  • identifies various forms and sources of energy and their uses

    SCLS-11PW
  • discusses how scientific understanding and technological developments have contributed to finding solutions to problems involving energy transfers and transformations

    SC4-11PW
  • explains how scientific understanding about energy conservation, transfers and transformations is applied in systems

    SC5-11PW
  • investigates ways to use energy responsibly

    SCLS-12PW
  • describes the dynamic nature of models, theories and laws in developing scientific understanding of the Earth and solar system

    SC4-12ES
  • describes changing ideas about the structure of the Earth and the universe to illustrate how models, theories and laws are refined over time by the scientific community

    SC5-12ES
  • identifies features of the Earth

    SCLS-13ES
  • explains how advances in scientific understanding of processes that occur within and on the Earth, influence the choices people make about resource use and management

    SC4-13ES
  • explains how scientific knowledge about global patterns of geological activity and interactions involving global systems can be used to inform decisions related to contemporary issues

    SC5-13ES
  • explores features of the solar system, including the Earth’s position and movement

    SCLS-14ES
  • relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction

    SC4-14LW
  • analyses interactions between components and processes within biological systems

    SC5-14LW
  • identifies that the Earth is the source of resources used in everyday life

    SCLS-15ES
  • explains how new biological evidence changes people's understanding of the world

    SC4-15LW
  • explains how biological understanding has advanced through scientific discoveries, technological developments and the needs of society

    SC5-15LW
  • investigates some practices used in the effective management of the Earth’s resources

    SCLS-16ES
  • describes the observed properties and behaviour of matter, using scientific models and theories about the motion and arrangement of particles

    SC4-16CW
  • explains how models, theories and laws about matter have been refined as new scientific evidence becomes available

    SC5-16CW
  • recognises features of living and non-living things

    SCLS-17LW
  • explains how scientific understanding of, and discoveries about, the properties of elements, compounds and mixtures relate to their uses in everyday life

    SC4-17CW
  • discusses the importance of chemical reactions in the production of a range of substances, and the influence of society on the development of new materials

    SC5-17CW
  • identifies structures of living things and their functions

    SCLS-18LW
  • explores ways in which science and technology have improved human health

    SCLS-19LW
  • explores the interactions of living things with each other and the environment

    SCLS-20LW
  • investigates the effect of science and technology on the environment

    SCLS-21LW
  • recognises the properties of common substances

    SCLS-22CW
  • explores how common chemicals affect everyday life

    SCLS-23CW
  • investigates a variety of chemical changes

    SCLS-24CW