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

Teacher resource

Primary Connections: Schoolyard safari

This comprehensive teacher resource explores the external features of small animals and how their features help them survive in their habitats, through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Investigations into how a range of small animals move, feed and protect themselves are conducted, and comparisons ...

Teacher resource

Little science

This is a collection of digital resources including image galleries, short videos, animations and an interactive designed for early-primary science. A teacher guide provides suggested classroom activities and questions framed around the Australian Curriculum. Teacher support videos include an early-primary teacher reflecting ...

Teacher resource

Planting fruit and vegetables

In this sequence of lessons students grow a plant from seed, capturing each step and decision as an algorithmic process and recording data for future learning.

Teacher resource

Fruit, vegetable, crops - unit 5

This is a teacher resource that contains a program outline, student activities, an interactive game, and links to images and videos relevant to teaching primary students about growing and processing fruits, vegetables and crops in a variety of settings including the farm, laboratory and classroom. The program outline and ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

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 ...

Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)

Garden detective: explore an 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. Return all the animals to their habitats. This learning object is one in a series of two objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Egg-layers great and small

Take a look at a few of the animals that come from eggs. See a chicken hatch and a turtle laying eggs in the sand. Watch a baby crocodile crawl out of its shell!

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Sam the Lamb: what is wool?

This short video, narrated by Sam the Lamb and a group of young woolgrowers, explores where wool comes from, how it grows and how it protects sheep in all kinds of weather. Viewers will discover what wool looks it, how it feels and how woolgrowers harvest their sheep’s woolly fleece each year…and how it grows back again.

Teacher resource

Royal Agricultural Show: primary school resources

This is a teacher resource containing items relevant to planning lessons and teaching primary students about food and fibre production. It contains a program overview, an Agricultural Resources Links document providing links to useful external sites and resources, and eight study units - each containing a program outline ...

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Flowers: living factories for making seeds

Can you imagine a world without flowers? Flowers add colour, scent and beauty to our world. But why do plants make them? Discover the real purpose of flowers and how they do their job.

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Everybody's doing the loco-MOTION!

See lots of things moving in many different ways. Watch vehicles and animals that go fast and slow. See how the size and shape of something affects the way it moves.

Interactive Resource

NSW ecosystems on show

This resource highlights fifteen natural ecosystems found in New South Wales. Each resource has been designed for students investigating ecosystem types in NSW, providing a greater understanding of their location, function, how they are impacted by human activity and how schools and communities can work to protect them. ...

Collection

Skin and scales, feathers and fur

This collection of media resources focuses on the features of a variety of animals and how these features help the animals meet their needs for food, shelter and safety from predators.

Interactive Resource

Kitchen gardens

Information and resources for teachers and students involved in Kitchen Gardens Programs across NSW. This website offers a learning scaffold for students when setting up a kitchen garden program in their school.

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Where does honey come from?

Discover where honey comes from. Learn how and why honey is made and how we get different types of honey. See what daily life is like in a bee colony.

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BrainPOP: classifying animals

This animated video outlines what is meant by classifying animals and why it is useful to do so. It explores some of the divisions such as between vertebrates and invertebrates and what characterises them. It gives examples of types of invertebrates including insects, spiders, worms, starfish and squid and explains that ...

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Keeping cool in hot weather

Have you ever wondered why your face turns red when you run around? Discover what's going on under your skin when this happens, and how this helps you keep cool. See some of the clever ways that animals keep cool, too.

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Why do cows make milk?

Have you ever wondered why cows make milk? In this clip you will learn the answer to this question. You will also see how cows are milked in a large dairy. Join Bill, a dairy farmer, as he tends to his herd of dairy cows.

Teacher resource

Library Pack: Environment and nature

This is a teacher guide that uses three picture storybooks to look at local environments and nature. It includes: an introduction and three age specific reading activities that involve reading a picture story book and completing follow up learning activities or experiments. The title of the books and age groups they are ...

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Creatures of the coral reef

Dive into the busy and colourful world of the coral reef. Explore some of the many animals that live in the shallow waters of the reef. See how they catch food and make their homes there.