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Curriculum content descriptions

The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

Elaborations
  • investigating how changing the physical conditions for plants impacts on their growth and survival such as salt water, use of fertilizers and soil types
  • observing the growth of fungi such as yeast and bread mould in different conditions
  • researching organisms that live in extreme environments such as Antarctica or a desert
  • considering the effects of physical conditions causing migration and hibernation
ScOT terms

Habitats,  Climate,  Health,  Growth (Animals),  Plant growth

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