The Living World - Science

Student ecologists will use hands-on scientific investigation to look at caring for the plants and animals that are an essential part of the unique

Sydney Olympic Park environment. All programs are aligned to the National Curriculum and New NSW Science Syllabus

“students develop their understanding of living things. They investigate the diversity of living things, including plants, animals and micro-organisms, as well as their interdependence and interactions with each other and their environment. They explore their life cycles and structural features and how these aid survival.”

Values (all programs/stages)

  • shows interest in and enthusiasm for science and technology, responding to their curiosity, questions and perceived needs, wants and opportunities
  • demonstrates a willingness to engage responsibly with local, national and global issues relevant to their lives, and to shaping sustainable futures
  • develops informed attitudes about the current and future use and influence of science and technology based on reason
Stage Guiding question Skills Knowledge and understanding
Early Stage 1 Determined in consultation with the teacher Explores their immediate surroundings by question, observing using their sense and communication to share their observations and ideas Identifies the basic needs of living things
Stage 1

Student Ecologists - Frog Out of Water

What are the features of the frog that determine where it needs to live?

Investigates questions and predictions by collecting and recording data, sharing and reflecting on their experiences and comparing what they and others know

Describes external features, changes in and growth of living things


Describes ways that different environments provide for the needs of living things 

Stage 2

Student Ecologists - Protecting our Feathered Guests

How can we encourage birdlife to thrive in an urban environment? 

Investigates their questions and predictions by analysing collected data, suggesting explanations for their findings, and communicating and reflecting on the process undertaken

Describes that living things have lifecycles, can be distinguished from non-living things and grouped, based on their observable features


Describe ways that science knowledge helps people understand the effect of their actions on the environment and on the survival of living things 

Stage 3

Student Ecologists - Unique survival strategies of the grey mangrove

How are the mangroves adapted to the local environment? 

Investigates by posing questions, including testable questions, making predictions and gathering data to draw evidence-based conclusions and develop explanations

Describes how structural features and other adaptations of living things help them to survive in their environment


Describes some physical conditions of the environment and how these affect the growth and survival of living things