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Curriculum content descriptions

Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002)

Elaborations
  • identifying the needs of humans such as warmth, food and water, using students’ own experiences
  • recognising the needs of living things in a range of situations such as pets at home, plants in the garden or plants and animals in bushland
  • comparing the needs of plants and animals
ScOT terms

Nutrition,  Sunlight,  Plant nutrition,  Sheltering behaviour,  Water

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Observing a platypus

Meet one of the world's most amazing creatures. Listen as Don Spencer describes the features of a platypus. Watch a platypus clean itself and then swim under water to search for food. See what type of animal the platypus catches and feeds on by the water's edge.

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The beagle: a nose that always knows

Meet Junior, a beagle who sniffs out all sorts of things, especially treats. Listen as Josie tells us about life with her pet dog. People say that beagles have the most amazing sense of smell. Does Junior? Find out.

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Keeping cool in hot weather

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What's in the rock pools?

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Growing apples

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Online

Skin and scales, feathers and fur

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Interactive

Garden detective: Australian garden

Search for small creatures in an Australian garden. Find animals such as a scorpion, a lacewing and a cicada. Have a close look at their body parts. Identify groups of creatures that have similar body features such as wings or number of legs. Return all the animals to their habitats. This content is also suitable for use ...

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How do apiarists farm their bees?

Have you ever wondered what a bee farm looks like? This clip shows how bee farmers (apiarists) look after their bees. Watch the bee hives being opened and see the honey being collected. View the machinery used to collect and bottle the honey.

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Observing a koala

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Interactive

Environmental and Zoo Education Centres – primary school resources

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Using and storing water on a farm

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Observing an echidna

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Observing an emu

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Interactive

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Sam the Lamb: needs of sheep

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Observing a sugar glider

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Ways to catch and eat fish

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Observing a kookaburra

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