What is Big Ideas Science?What is The Australian Curriculum: Science?1 Curiosity, wonder and questioning BIG IDEA: Nature of science 1.1 What do questions have to do with exploring science? 1.2 How do we explore science safely? 1.3 How do we explore science accurately? 2 Sorting out biodiversity BIG IDEA: Diversity 2.1 Why do scientists classify? 2.2 How do scientists organise life? 2.3 Where do I fit in? 3 Living in harmonyBIG IDEA: Interdependence 3.1 How do living things interact? 3.2 How do living things adapt and survive? 3.3 How are we affecting biodiversity? 4 Pure or not? BIG IDEA: Interaction and change 4.1 What is a mixture? 4.2 Who works with mixtures? 4.3 How do we separate mixitures? 5 The Earth, Sun and Moon BIG IDEA: Systems in space 5.1 How does the Earth interact with the Sun and Moon? 5.2 How do astronomers learn about space? 5.3 What is gravity? 6 Earth's resources BIG IDEA: Dynamic Earth 6.1 What are our main energy resources? 6.2 Do we have enough energy resources? 6.3 How do we use other natural resources? 7 Forces in balance BIG IDEA: Forces and motion 7.1 How do we recognise a force? 7.2 What are simple machines? 7.3 How do we use simple machines?
Sally Cash is a former secondary Science and Maths teacher in Australia and abroad, and has also worked at the Melbourne Museum and has written numerous science textbooks. Sally is an author on the Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum series.Geoff Quinton was one of the team of writers for the Australian Curriculum Science and in 2010 was Senior Project Officer for Science at ACARA, overseeing the final revisions of the F-10 Curriculum. Geoff has taught science in England and Australia for 22 years, including as a head of learning area. He has produced digital learning materials for senior secondary chemistry courses, and has been an examiner for TEE and WACE examinations. He is an active member of the Science Teachers Association of WA and has been an ASTA councilor. He currently coordinates work between the sectors of education in WA supporting Australian Curriculum implementation. Geoff is an author and series consultant of the Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum series.Craig Tilley has taught general Science and senior Physics at Shore School, NSW and at Melbourne Grammar, Mentone Grammar and Mentone Girls Grammar Schools in VIC. He has been a VCAA exam marker for many years and has authored numerous Science and Physics textbooks.Helen Silvester is Head of Science at Mentone Girls' Grammar School. After completing several years of research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the Royal Children's Hospital, Helen entered the world of teaching. She has maintained her passion for all areas of Science and 18 years of teaching has allowed her to harness her creativity and made her realise how much more she wants to discover. She has been a contributor to the Oxford Big Ideas Science Australian Curriculum series.