Year 10 Science


This subject will help you to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes and the practices used to develop scientific knowledge. You will develop scientific knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if you so wish, in science-related careers.

In Semester 1 you will 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
  • 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 you will 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 your findings 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 you should have developed skills to:

  • think scientifically
  • make informed decisions about lifestyles, environment and the kind of society you wish to live in
  • continue to develop/enhance your curiosity and a spirit of inquiry about the world around you
  • 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.

You will be using the Stile app to complete most of your work in this course.

Students require simple equipment from around the home to complete experiments with some materials sent out by the VSV at the start of Semester 1.

Things you can do now

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