Science / Year 3 / Science Understanding / Biological sciences

Curriculum content descriptions

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)

Elaborations
  • recognising characteristics of living things such as growing, moving, sensitivity and reproducing
  • recognising the range of different living things
  • sorting living and non-living things based on characteristics
  • exploring differences between living, once living and products of living things
ScOT terms

Living things,  Classification

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