Science - year 1/2

Many of our activities also incorporate content from the Science as a Human Endeavour Strand, focusing mainly on the sub-strand Use and Influence of Science.

Science Understanding

Content Descriptions
Sample activities

Biological sciences
Living things have a variety of external features.
(ACSSU017) Year 1

Identifying common features of plants such as leaves and roots.

Describing the use of plant parts for particular purposes such as making food and obtaining water.


Using forest plant collections to observe and identify similarities and differences, and sort plants into groups.

Using role-play to explore how trees grow and the functions of their different parts. This can be extended to explore the relationships between different plants in a forest.

Biological sciences
Living things live in different places where their needs are met.
(ACSSU211) Year 1

Exploring different habitats in the local environment such as the beach, bush and backyard.

Recognising that different living things live in different places such as land and water.

Exploring what happens when habitats change and some living things can no longer have their needs met.

Exploring the different habitats within a forest, identifying the variety of living things and the places that they live.

Introduce the idea that forests grow and continue to change over time.

Biological sciences

Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (ACSSU030) Year 2


Recognising that living things have predictable characteristics at different stages of development

Explore the life cycle of a tree, within a forest. Students develop an understanding of each stage of the life cycle. Introduce the factors that might impact a tree and stop it completing its full life cycle.

Earth and space sciences
Earths resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways.
(ACSSU032) Year 2

Identifying the Earth’s resources including water, soil and minerals, and describing how they are used in the school.

Considering what might happen to humans if there were a change in a familiar available resource, such as water.

Using samples of tree sections and wood/paper products we can recognise these are products from natural resources.

Exploring the ways in which wood is used in the building and in our daily lives.

Using samples to trace the journey from seed to final products.

The concept of Sustainability is integral to understanding how we interact with and manage our forests now and into the future.  Through our programs, students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of sustainability in the use of forest resources.

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