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Achievement objective NOS 6-3

Students will:

  • use a wider range of science vocabulary, symbols, and conventions; Apply their understandings of science to evaluate both popular and scientific texts (including visual and numerical literacy).


  • Translates a diagram or symbols into a narrative, or vice versa.
  • Explains the difference between popular and scientific usage of vocabulary such as work, animal, or weight.
  • Communicates a scientific idea using precise vocabulary, for example, subduction instead of movement.
  • Uses quantitative relationships as part of explanations.
  • Represents ideas using appropriate symbols and conventions, for example, H2O or m s–1.
  • Writes a review that identifies errors in scientific fact or methodology in a book, film, television programme, or advertisement.
  • Constructs a well-reasoned and coherent explanation for an experience, using significant and appropriate scientific ideas from a range of scientific texts.
  • Uses a range of scientific terms and symbols appropriately when referring to abstract ideas.
  • Uses visual aids such as scientific models to help an audience understand scientific ideas and explanations.

Possible context elaborations

  • Health claims of copper or magnetic bracelets.
  • Debunking television programmes, for example, Consumer Reports or Mythbusters.
  • Ingredients in cleaning agents or beauty products and their common formulations.
  • The meaning of Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes in scientific vocabulary, such as photosynthesis, homozygous, homeostasis, or physiology.
  • Units, relative quantities, and scales of tables, charts, and graphs printed on different consumer products.
  • Evaluation of a science fiction movie by comparing the movie scenes to known science concepts.
  • Evaluation of claims that bottled water has extra health benefits.

Assessment for qualifications

At the time of publication, achievement standards were in development to align them with The New Zealand Curriculum. Please ensure that you are using the correct version of the standards by going to the NZQA website.

The NZQA subject-specific resources pages are very helpful. From there, you can find all the achievement standards and links to assessment resources, both internal and external.

Learn more with NZQA subject resources for:

Aligned level 1 achievement standards were registered for use in 2011 and level 2 for use in 2012; level 3 will be registered for use in 2013.

Learning described by this objective could be assessed using one or more of these achievement standards:

  • science AS90941 1.2 to AS90955 1.16 (the full range);
  • (depending on the context of the learning, examples only) biology AS90926 1.2; chemistry AS90931 1.2, AS90932 1.3, AS90933 1.4, AS90934 1.5; physics AS90936 1.2, AS90937 1.3, AS90938 1.4, AS90939 1.5, etc.

Last updated September 15, 2020