Science / Year 2 / Science Understanding / Biological sciences

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Curriculum content descriptions

Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (ACSSU030)

Elaborations
  • representing personal growth and changes from birth
  • recognising that living things have predictable characteristics at different stages of development
  • exploring different characteristics of life stages in animals such as egg, caterpillar and butterfly
  • observing that all animals have offspring, usually with two parents
ScOT terms

Animal reproduction,  Plant reproduction,  Growth (Animals),  Plant growth

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