Science - year 3/4

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 can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things.
(ACSSU044) Year 3

Recognising the range of different living things.

Sorting living and non-living things based on characteristics.

Exploring difference between living, once-living and products of living things.

Using forest plant collections and other resource material to sort living and non-living components of a forest system.

Using samples of plant material to identify decay stages from living plant to forest litter and soil.

Collect, display and sort samples to represent the range of plants as indicators of biodiversity of the location.

Biological Sciences
Living things have life cycles.
(ACSSU072) Year 4

Recognising that environmental factors can affect life cycles such as fire and seed germination.

Using role-play activities to explore the effects of fire on the natural regeneration process of plants within a forest.



Biological sciences
Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive.
(ACSSU073) Year 4

Investigating how plants provide shelter for animals.

Investigating the roles of living things in a habitat, for instance producers, consumers or decomposers.

Predicting the effects when living things in feeding relationships are removed or die out in an area.

Recognising that interactions between living things may be competitive or mutually beneficial.

Using images and a species list, identify the main groups of plants and animals within a forest ecosystem and discuss the relationships between them, making links between producers, consumers and decomposers.

Create a food web with images to show feeding relationships and to illustrate the effect of removing certain organisms on that food web

Chemical sciences
Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use.
(ACSSU074) Year 4

Describing a range of common materials, such as metals or plastics (wood), and their uses.

Selecting materials for uses based on their properties.

Considering how the properties of materials affect the management of waste or can lead to pollution.

Identify the range of uses for wood products, using samples from the Centre.

Identify that ways in which waste wood could be managed – re-used, recycled, reconstituted (sawdust) and burnt for energy.

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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