Year 10 Science


This subject helps students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of Science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its use in our lives. Students will be using the Stile education platform to further enhance their learning and interaction in Science, which engages students through real-world connections, interactive simulations and experimental and hands-on activities. The curriculum helps students to develop scientific knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.

In Semester 1 students learn about:

  • what Science is and what scientists do
  • ethics in Science
  • the universe, stars, comets and the Big Bang theory while looking at evidence of an expanding universe
  • genetics – simple inheritance, DNA, chromosomes and genes and how they are passed on and affect offspring
  • introduction to forensics and DNA in forensics
  • atoms and elements and how they are organised in the Periodic Table
  • reaction types and reaction rates looking at the collision theory
  • energy conservation, gravity and Newton’s first and second law in physics

In Semester 2 students learn about:

  • ocean currents and their influence in climate
  • climate change and the greenhouse effect
  • mass extinction events and their possible causes
  • evolution, genetic variation and the origin of new species
  • the theory of evolution by natural selection
  • kinematics looking at speeds, velocities and accelerations
  • how to run a Science Inquiry and present finding in a scientific poster.

What do you do?

Activities you will engage in include:

  • participating in group discussions – exploring real-life ideas and debates in Science
  • using diagrams and interactive activities to understand scientific ideas
  • investigating and researching scientific ideas and responding to questions
  • conducting experiments and presenting them in a scientific method, including in a scientific poster format
  • using technology to research and expand on topics presented
  • participating in citizen science projects.

What skills do you develop?

By the end of the year students should have developed skills to:

  • think scientifically
  • make informed decisions about lifestyles, environment and the kind of society they wish to live in
  • continue to develop/enhance their curiosity and a spirit of inquiry about the world around them
  • understand and undertake the construction of a scientific poster in preparation for VCE Science subjects.




You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. Weekly work will be completed and submitted online.

Things you can do now

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.