Government Standards

Australian Curriculum

Science - Grade 8

Assessment Exam - Australian Curriculum - Level 8 Science
Science Understanding eTAP Lesson
Biological sciences
Cells are the basic units of living things; they have specialised structures and functions
Basic Cell Characteristics
Multi-cellular organisms contain systems of organs carrying out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce
Mitosis and Organism Development
Chemical sciences
Properties of the different states of matter can be explained in terms of the motion and arrangement of particles
Atoms and Molecules
Differences between elements, compounds and mixtures can be described at a particle level
Identifying Elements
Chemical change involves substances reacting to form new substances
Reactions and Energy
Earth and space sciences
Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by processes that occur within Earth over a variety of timescales
Earth Processes and Life on Earth

Rock Cycle
Physical sciences
Energy appears in different forms, including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and energy transformations and transfers cause change within systems
The Law of Conservation of Mass
Science as a Human Endeavour eTAP Lesson
Nature and development of science
Scientific knowledge has changed peoples’ understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available
Finding Answers to Questions
Science knowledge can develop through collaboration across the disciplines of science and the contributions of people from a range of cultures
Use and influence of science
Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations
United States’ Environmental Laws
People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity
Water Supply
Science Inquiry Skills eTAP Lesson
Questioning and predicting
Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge
Planning and conducting
Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed
Measure and control variables, select equipment appropriate to the task and collect data with accuracy
Tools and Technology
Processing and analysing data and information
Construct and use a range of representations, including graphs, keys and models to represent and analyse patterns or relationships in data using digital technologies as appropriate
Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions based on evidence
Information Collection
Reflect on scientific investigations including evaluating the quality of the data collected, and identifying improvements
Use scientific knowledge and findings from investigations to evaluate claims based on evidence
How to Draw and Present Conclusions
Communicate ideas, findings and evidence based solutions to problems using scientific language, and representations, using digital technologies as appropriate