EMS406 Science and Technology Curriculum Studies (8)

This subject examines Years K-6 curriculum documents for science and technology and requires students to work collaboratively in designing and developing a Science & Technology program of learning for pupils in Years K-6. Contemporary theories of learning in science and technology, including constructivist and conceptual change perspectives, will be explored. Students will apply their knowledge of learning theory, lesson and unit design and assessment of, and for, learning to develop the sequence of learning activities that use pedagogies afforded by scientific and educational technologies. Students learn how to integrate scientific and technological concepts, skills in conducting scientific investigations and designing and producing solutions, literacy, numeracy, the 5Es Learning Cycle and Learning across the Curriculum Content into a Science & Technology K-6 program of learning.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMS406. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is not available to students who have completed EMS207.

Subject Relationships

EMS207 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to interpret Science and Technology K-6 curriculum and syllabus documents for NSW or the Australian Curriculum;
  • be able to design and produce a digital resource to facilitate children's learning of Science and Technology K-6 syllabus outcomes and justify its design drawing on contemporary theories of learning in science and technology;
  • be able to identify opportunities to embed literacy, digital literacy and numeracy in teaching/learning activities for Science and Technology K-6;
  • be able to use a range of assessment for learning strategies in K-6 Science and Technology lessons;
  • be able to apply models of pedagogy within a Science and Technology K-6 program, including inquiry based and project based learning;
  • be able to design a detailed teaching program that develops children's knowledge and understanding in Science and Technology K-6 through the skills of Working Scientifically, and Design and Production; and
  • be able to develop teaching and assessment strategies that effectively support and expand opportunities for children with diverse learning needs.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The role, place and importance of Science and Technology K-6 in the broader school curriculum
  • The NSW Science and Technology K-6 (2017) syllabus incorporating the Australian Curriculum
  • Learning across the curriculum content in Science and Technology K-6
  • Technology K-6
  • Constructivist views of learning and teaching science
  • Scientific inquiry
  • The 5Es instructional model
  • Teaching and learning strategies
  • Applying the processes of Design and Production
  • Skills for practical problem and project based learning, including computational thinking and design thinking
  • Using digital technologies to facilitate teaching and learning
  • Incorporating literacy, digital literacy and numeracy
  • Assessment in primary Science and Technology
  • Differentiating teaching, learning and assessment to cater for diverse learners and diverse abilities including supporting students with disabilities and gifted students
  • Culturally safe and inclusive resources that promote understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures within the context of Science and Technology K-6

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EMS406 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Programming for s&t in the primary school part a
Programming for s&t in the primary school part b
Digital learning resource

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.