NSW Australian curriculum: Science

Jacaranda will be publishing new editions of Jacaranda Core Science Stage 4 and Stage 5 for the NSW Australian curriculum in 2017 for use in 2018. Available in print and a brand new digital format, the new edition comprehensively covers the NSW Australian curriculum.

Trusted Science content delivered in new and better ways

Combining quality content, a “learning made visible” framework and an exciting new platform, Jacaranda provides new and better ways to dramatically improve teaching and learning. To meet the needs of all schools, the updated Jacaranda Core Science series will be available in print and digital formats.

Jacaranda is introducing a brand new eBook powered by learnON, the immersive digital learning platform that replaces eBookPLUS in 2018. learnON transforms trusted Jacaranda content to make learning more visible, personalised and social. For teachers, learnON includes additional teacher resources such as quarantined questions and answers, curriculum grids and work programs—no separate eGuide purchase is required.

For customers not ready to make the transition to digital-only learning, the Jacaranda Core Science series will be available as a familiar print textbook. The print editions also include an activation code for learnON so schools can take advantage of the benefits of both formats, and see how learnON makes it easy to start or progress their digital teaching and learning journey.

To complement the Core Science series, assessON Core Science is available for Stage 4 and Stage 5.

Content highlights

The updated Jacaranda Core Science series provides 100% coverage of the NSW Science 7-10 Syllabus.



Video clips from the popular series The Story of Science with Michael Mosley are directly embedded at the point of learning

Topic questions


End of topic questions are grouped into ‘Remember’, ‘Think’ and ‘Investigate’ sections

Revision worksheets


Individual pathways chapter revision worksheets (3 per topic) cater to learners at different levels

Immediate feedback


Exemplary responses demonstrate best practice and help prevent the creation of misconceptions

Practical Investigations


Practical investigations and rich tasks provide students with opportunities for open-ended problem solving

An immersive experience


Reading content with integrated media provides a dynamic and uninterrupted learning experience

Platform highlights

Starting in 2018, all core curriculum titles for the NSW Australian curriculum in Years 7-10 will be delivered by learnON, the new immersive digital learning platform from Jacaranda that replaces eBookPLUS in 2018.

Jacaranda learnON transforms trusted Jacaranda content to make learning more visible, personalised and social. It has been developed to achieve the highest level of digital sophistication, while supporting a wide range of users from the digital novice to the digital expert. That’s why every title delivered by learnON comes with printables (PDFs) of the reading content and activities, as well as the opportunity for teachers to unlock premium features for their classes.*

All Jacaranda Core Science titles powered by learnON comes with these powerful features out-of-the-box:

Everything in the one place, from theory to media, questions, answers and more, creates a seamless learning experience

Videos and interactivities embedded within the reading content, at the point of learning, support and enhance learning

Students gain visibility into their own performance via a user-friendly dashboard and on-demand reports

Customisation features such as highlighting, notes and favourites personalise the learning experience

Students receive immediate feedback via worked solutions and questions that are automatically marked

Teachers gain visibility into student performance with continual access to all students’ activities and results

Premium feature

Teachers can intervene at the right time by providing immediate and personalised feedback to students

Premium feature

Collaboration enables a virtual classroom experience as students are connected to their teacher and peers

Premium feature

Premium customisation enables teachers to upload their own resources, create and assign assessments, and more

Premium feature

*Premium features require certification by individual teachers. Certification (coming September 2017) will count towards Professional Development accreditation hours.

Learning made visible with learnON

All titles delivered by learnON align with the Jacaranda “learning made visible” framework.

This evidence-based pedagogical framework has been carefully constructed to make learning visible to students, teachers, schools and parents. At Jacaranda, we believe that making learning visible ensures that no student is left behind and no student is held back.

All Jacaranda Core Science titles delivered by learnON provide:

Diagnosis – pre-test (for)

learnON includes a pre-test to determine students’ proficiency before they begin a new topic of study

Learning goals

Taken directly from the curriculum, learnON includes clear goals outlining what students will learn in each topic

Practice (as)

learnON enables practice through the completion of questions and particular activities, directly in the learnON platform

Rich instruction

learnON includes theories, worked examples, videos, interactivities, discussions, activities, group work, investigations, practical tasks and more


In learnON, students receive feedback from a number of sources including the platform (via worked solutions and auto-marked questions), their teacher or peers


With visibility of students’ results, teachers can easily identify less abled and/or weak performing students in learnON and provide remedial exercises

Acceleration (Vertical)

Teachers can accelerate students in learnON, assigning work beyond the level they are enrolled in (for example, giving a Year 7 student Year 8 work)

Extension (Horizontal)

learnON enables teachers to extend individuals or groups of students, providing work beyond the curriculum, including their own material


learnON provides opportunities for offline and online collaboration, from the entire title level down to the subtopic and even specific content level

End of topic formal test (of)

Teachers can use the quarantined topic tests in learnON as summative assessments, to be completed online or used as offline printable tests

Evaluation – post-test (of)

Used in conjunction with the pre-test, learnON includes a post-test to measure students’ achievement and improvement through the topic

Want to demo the learnON platform for Science?

Available titles

  • learnON

    Title: Core Science Stage 4 NSW Ac 2E learnON
    ISBN: 9780730347651
    Author(s): Arena, Warnant, Burrows, Lofts and Evergreen
    Publish date: November 2017
    RRP: $69.95
    Year: 7-8
    Delivery: Activation code

  • learnON + Print

    Title: Core Science Stage 4 NSW Ac 2E learnON & Print
    ISBN: 9780730347644
    Author(s): Arena, Warnant, Burrows, Lofts and Evergreen
    Publish date: November 2017
    RRP: $95.95
    Year: 7-8
    Delivery: Student text including learnON

  • Table of Contents

    Jacaranda Core Science Stage 4 NSW Ac 2E
    Topic 1: Investigating Topic 10: The changing Earth
    Topic 2: Cells — the building blocks of life Topic 11: Energy
    Topic 3: States of matter Topic 12: Chemical change
    Topic 4: Classification Topic 13: From one to many
    Topic 5: Separating mixtures Topic 14: Earth’s precious resources
    Topic 6: The solar system Topic 15: Ecology
    Topic 7: Forces in action Topic 16: Health science
    Topic 8: Body systems Topic 17: Student research project and skills
    Topic 9: The structure and properties of matter

  • learnON

    Title: Core Science Stage 5 NSW Ac 2E learnON
    ISBN: 9780730347583
    Author(s): Warnant, Arena, Burrows, Lofts and Evergreen
    Publish date: November 2017
    RRP: $69.95
    Year: 9-10
    Delivery: Activation code

  • learnON + Print

    Title: Core Science Stage 5 NSW Ac 2E learnON & Print
    ISBN: 9780730347576
    Author(s): Warnant, Arena, Burrows, Lofts and Evergreen
    Publish date: November 2017
    RRP: $95.95
    Year: 9-10
    Delivery: Student text including learnON

  • Table of Contents

    Jacaranda Core Science Stage 5 NSW Ac 2E
    Chapter 1: All under control Chapter 9: On the move
    Chapter 2: Medical science Chapter 10: The mysterious universe
    Chapter 3: Electricity at work Chapter 11: Genetics
    Chapter 4: Invisible waves Chapter 12: Life goes on
    Chapter 5: Chemistry — the inside story Chapter 13: Ecology
    Chapter 6: Radioactivity: a two-edged sword Chapter 14: Global systems
    Chapter 7: Chemical reactions Chapter 15: Student research project and skills
    Chapter 8: The dynamic Earth


Jacaranda’s most trusted titles and resources in one high-value bundle.

Get these titles as part of the Jacaranda Bundle plus – a high quality digital learning package of 10+ engaging resources that comes with dedicated training and support, making it easy for schools to start or progress their digital learning journey.


See the new Jacaranda Core Science in action

Click the buttons on the menu to cycle through each feature:

Embedded videos

600+ videos and interactivities are embedded at the point of learning to deepen students’ understanding of key concepts

Built-in workboard

A workboard is available within suitable questions, allowing students to explain their ideas, to demonstrate their thinking and to show their working


Auto-marking of many questions means students receive immediate feedback, their progress is tracked and teachers save a considerable amount of time

Worked solutions

Worked solutions for suitable questions – which appear on the same screen as the question, answer and student working – enable students to immediately rectify errors and assist those who get ‘stuck’

Practical Investigations

Student can access Practical Investigations online or as Word documents to suit a range of uses in the laboratory classroom


Discussion and collaboration features make sharing practical activity results and experimental data easier, allowing students to base their understanding on the class findings



Online assessment tool for Science Years 7-10

assessON makes it easy to evaluate and track Science students’ readiness for learning, their progress as they learn, and their levels of achievement.


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