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Science / Year 2 / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences

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Curriculum content descriptions

Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)

Elaborations
  • identifying the Earth’s resources including water, soil and minerals, and describing how they are used in the school
  • describing how a resource such as water is transferred from its source to its point of use
  • considering what might happen to humans if there were a change in a familiar available resource, such as water
  • identifying actions at school such as turning off dripping taps, that can conserve resources
ScOT terms

Natural resources

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