Science / Year 1 / Science Understanding / Biological sciences

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Curriculum content descriptions

Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)

Elaborations
  • recognising common features of animals such as head, legs and wings
  • describing the use of animal body parts for particular purposes such as moving and feeding
  • identifying common features of plants such as leaves and roots
  • describing the use of plant parts for particular purposes such as making food and obtaining water
ScOT terms

Plant structure and function,  Animal structure and function

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