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Curriculum content descriptions

Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002)

Elaborations
  • identifying the needs of humans such as warmth, food and water, using students’ own experiences
  • recognising the needs of living things in a range of situations such as pets at home, plants in the garden or plants and animals in bushland
  • comparing the needs of plants and animals
ScOT terms

Nutrition,  Sunlight,  Plant nutrition,  Sheltering behaviour,  Water

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