Science Continuum F-10

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools began using the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information in this section is being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

About the Science Continuum F-10

Effective science teaching relies on understanding students’ pre-existing ideas about science concepts and supporting students to develop more scientific understandings.

The Science Continuum F-10 identifies focus ideas at each level of the AusVELS for Science. Linking expert practice and research, it explains:

  • students’ ideas, based on their everyday experiences
  • the age-appropriate scientific view
  • critical teaching ideas and teaching activities.

Connections between concepts and pathways of student concept development are mapped in the printable Science Concept Development Maps.

The User Guide provides further information about effective use of the resource and explains the resource rationale.

AusVELS Achievement Standards and Focus Ideas

Achievement standards of Science describe the quality of learning that would indicate that the student is well placed to commence the learning at the next level of achievement.

The three strands of the Science AusVELS curriculum (Understanding, Science Inquiry Skills and Science as a Human Endeavour) are interrelated and their content is taught in an integrated way.
The Science Continuum F-10 focus ideas are organised within each of the AusVELS levels and will support the teaching of science content.

With your student/s in mind, select the appropriate entry point.

My student/s are:

Science Concept Development Maps

The maps represent student concept development from Foundation to Level 10. The maps are PDF files which include hyperlinks to related critical teaching ideas.

Additional support

  • Glossary – Explains specific terms within the Science Continuum F-10
  • Research – A reference list of the research underlying the Science Continuum F-10