Full Year

In Year 10 Science, students analyse how the periodic table organises elements and use it to make predictions about the properties of elements. They explain how chemical reactions are used to produce products and how different factors influence the rate of reactions. They explain the concept of energy conservation and represent energy transfer and transformation within systems. They apply relationships between force, mass and acceleration to predict changes in the motion of objects. Students describe and analyse interactions and cycles within and between Earth’s spheres. They evaluate the evidence for scientific theories that explain the origin of the universe and the diversity of life on Earth. They explain the processes that underpin heredity and evolution. Students analyse how the models and theories they use have developed over time and discuss the factors that prompted their review.


The following topics provide the framework for learning throughout the year, but not necessarily in this order, as different Year 10 classes will cover content at different times of the year.

  • Forces and Motion
  • Energy in Systems
  • Periodic Table
  • Reaction and Rates
  • Genetics
  • Diversity of Living Things
  • Global Systems
  • The Universe


Students are assessed against the Australian Curriculum Science achievement standards. Evidence of student achievement will be gathered through tests, assignments and practical reports.

Students are tested on their knowledge of genetics, the periodic table and energy. They investigate how melting ice affects sea levels, how temperature affects chemical reactions and how mass affects the acceleration of falling objects. Students deconstruct problems, design methods and write practical reports on their findings. They investigate, discuss and analyse artificial selection and the expanding universe.