Science - year 7/8

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
There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity.
(ACSSU111) Year 7

Considering the reasons for classifying such as identification and communication.

Grouping a variety of organisms on the basis of similarities and differences in particular features.

Using scientific conventions for naming species.

Using provided keys to identify organisms surveyed in a local habitat.

Using eucalypt species to illustrate why classification is necessary, and using a structured key (based on the Eucaflip cards) to distinguish between eucalypt species.

Using the Eucaflip/ Treeflip keys to identify species in the Dome and in natural forest systems.

Biological sciences
Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human activity can affect these interactions.
(ACSSU112) Year 7

Using food chains to show feeding relationships in a habitat.

Constructing and interpreting food webs to show relationships between organisms in an environment.

Classifying organisms of an environment according to their position in a food chain.

Recognising the role of microorganisms within food chains and food webs.

Images are used to build a complex food web, in which trophic levels are identified. The role of decomposers is explored by considering the living component of the carbon cycle and investigating rotting wood.

Earth and space sciences
Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable.
ACSSU116) Year 7

Considering what is meant by the term ‘renewable’ in relation to the Earth’s resources.

Whole class interactive carbon cycle activity that can be used to introduce the idea of renewable and non-renewable resources, and the implications for the forest industry and the forest environment.


Earth and space sciences
Water is an important resource that cycles through the environment.
(ACSSU222) Year 7

Investigating factors that influence the water cycle in nature.

Exploring how human management of water impacts on the water cycle.

Investigating the potential differences in water uptake/loss between native, plantation and young and old forest types, using images and arrows to indicate water flow.

Explore the ways in which stream flow and water quality are monitored and managed within a working forest environment.

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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