Program Overview


This program is designed for Stage 1 students who are learning about their living world. Students will examine a variety of external features of plants and learn how these features can be used to help us to classify living things. Students will experience the wet environment of the rainforest and the dry environment of the sand dunes. They will have the opportunity to compare the different types of vegetation and fauna present in each of the environments. Students will undertake fieldwork to identify plants and animals at both sites and explore how different places in the environment provide for the needs of living things in different ways.

Key Questions


1. What are the external features of plants and animals and how can we describe them?

2. How do different environments provide the needs of the animals and plants that live there?

Learning Experiences

Students explore two different environments at Bournda National Park – a rainforest and a sand dune. At each location students learn about the needs of the living things they discover there. They learn how different environments provide different things that animals and plants need to survive. Students conduct fieldwork to identify plants and animals in the two environments. They observe and discuss the external features of plants living in the two environments, one wet and one dry, and look at how they differ.

Rainforest Walk: students walk to the rainforest and conduct fieldwork to identify the plants and animals living in this environment. Students work in pairs or small groups and use a plant identification sheet to locate rainforest plants. External features of plants are observed and discussed in relation to how they allow plants to survive in this wet environment.

Sand dune walk: students walk through the melaleuca forest to the beach and conduct fieldwork to identify plants and animals living on the sand dunes. Students work in pairs or small groups and use a plant identification sheet to locate coastal plants. External features of plants are observed and discussed in relation to how they allow plants to survive in this dry environment.

Syllabus Outcomes


Science and technology K-6: Knowledge and understanding

A student:

  • ST1-10LW describes external features, changes and growth of living things.
  • ST1-11LW describes ways that different places in the environment provide for the needs of living things.

Science and technology K-6: Skills

A student:

  • ST1-4WS investigates questions and predictions by collecting and recording data, sharing and reflecting on their experiences and comparing what they and others know.

Science Content


Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)

Students:

  • describe some external features of a variety of living things, including plants and animals
  • use a range of methods, including fieldwork, to identify plants or animals in their local area
  • devise simple classification systems based on the observable external features of plants or animals identified in the local area

Living things live in different places where their needs are met  (ACSSU211)

Students:

  • observe the different places in a local land or aquatic environment where living things can be found, eg a schoolyard, pond, beach or bush
  • explore the needs of a plant or an animal in its environment
  • describe how some different places in a local land or aquatic environment provide for the needs of the animals or plants that live there