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In science, students explore how both the natural physical world and science itself work so that they can participate as critical, informed, and responsible citizens in a society in which science plays a significant role.

Nature of Science

Understanding, Investigating, and Communicating in Science, Participating and Contributing

Living World

Life Processes, Ecology, Evolution

Planet Earth and Beyond

Earth Systems, Interacting Systems, and Astronomical Systems 

Physical World

Physical Inquiry and Physics Concepts

Material World

Properties and Changes of Matter, The Structure of Matter, Chemistry and Society

Health and Physical Education

Students learn about their own well-being, and that of others and society, in health related and movement contexts.


Students learn to be innovative developers of products and systems and discerning consumers who will make a difference in the world.

Social Sciences

Students explore how societies work and how they themselves can participate and take action as critical, informed, and responsible citizens.​

Excited Children in Science Class

Breaking Down the Science Curriculum 

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Nature of Science

The Nature of Science strand is the overarching, unifying strand. Through it, students learn what science is and how scientists work. They develop the skills, attitudes, and values to build a foundation for understanding the world.






Contextual Strands

The contextual strands provide a setting for learning. These are; Living World, Planet Earth and Beyond, Physical World, and Material World. Over the course of years 1–10, science programmes should include learning in all four context strands.


The sub-strands, and associated achievement objectives, help break down the desired content knowledge for students within a contextual strand.

Achievement Objectives

The achievement objectives set out desirable levels of knowledge, understanding, and skills and represent progress towards broader outcomes that ultimately amount to deeper learning.

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