Stage 2 - The Nature of Living Things

Outdoor Class Image: Sydney Olympic Park

The Nature of Living Things

Curriculum Links

  • Science – Living World Strand
  •  HSIE Syllabus – State & National Parks, Our Australia
  • Primary Science Connections – Feathers, Fur or Leaves, Beneath our Feet, Friend or Foe, Plants in Action, Cycles in our World Mini Worlds

Excursion Description
Student will become Guardians of the Future as they explore three different locations in Sydney Olympic Park the mangrove forest, a freshwater environment and the waterbird refuge. On their exploration they will assess the biodiversity in each place. As a Guardian their mission is to help identify the diversity of flora and fauna in Sydney Olympic Park, determine its importance and whether human impact on the environment has affected each location we visit. By collecting data, students will analyse information so as to assess whether the future is 'hopeful' or 'hopeless'.

Activities are challenging and exploratory, and may include:

  • a discovery trail through mangroves
  • identifying and classifying waterbugs in a freshwater environment
  • bird watching and surveying in our world class Waterbird Refuge (home to migratory birds)


  •  Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time (HT2-2)
  • Shows interest in and enthusiasm for science and technology, responding to their curiosity, questions and perceived needs, wants and opportunities (ST2-1VA)
  • Demonstrates a willingness to engage responsibly with local, national and global issues relevant to their lives, and to shaping sustainable futures (ST2-2VA)
  • Investigates their questions and predications by analysing collected data, suggesting explanations for their findings, and communicating and reflecting on the process undertaken (ST2-4WS)
  • Describes that living things have lifecycles, can be distinguished from non-living and grouped, based on their observable features (ST2-10LW)
  • Science knowledge helps people understand the effect of their actions on the environment and living things (ST2-11LW)
  • Examines features and characteristics of places and environments (GE2-1)
  • Describes the ways people, places and environments interact (GE2-2)
  • Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments (GE2-3)
  • Acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry (GE2-4)

Duration: full day (10am - 2pm)

Cost: $387.50 per class (20 – 30 students) or  $310 per small class (less than 20 students)

Location: Bicentennial Park Education Centre

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