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Living World S2

Program Overview

Living World - S2 is an incursion program that focuses on classification, life cycles and the survival of living things. Students will take part in science based activities in their class room, and in school grounds, in order to collect data and information about living things, their external features, and how they are different to non-living things.

Each incursion session is approximately 90 minutes long and multiple sessions can by delivered on the one day. Each session can accommodate up to one class, with assistance from the class teacher and preferably a teacher’s aid and/or parent helper.

Key Inquiry Questions

  • How can we group living things?
  • What are the similarities and differences between the life cycles of living things?
  • How are environments and living things interdependent?

Key Syllabus Outcomes

Students will:

  • Question, plan and conduct scientific investigations, collect and summarise data and communicate using scientific representations
  • Select and use materials tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity
  • Compare features and characteristics of living things and non-living things.

Integrating the ‘Sustainability’ Cross Curriculum Priority is a feature of the program.

Skills Outcomes

Working scientifically - Planning and conducting investigations

  • Plan scientific investigations with guidance
  • Conduct scientific investigations to find answers to questions
  • Use appropriate materials and equipment safety
  • Consider and apply the elements of a fair test
  • Collect and record accurate and honest observations using labelled observational drawings, basic formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate
  • Reflect on investigations, including whether testing was fair or not

Working scientifically - Processing and analysing data

  • Use a range of methods to represent data, including tables and column graphs
  • Identify patterns and trends in gathered data
  • Compare results with predictions
  • Suggest possible reasons for findings

Working scientifically - Communicating

  • Represent and communicate observations ideas and findings using formal and informal representations

Pre-visit activities

On the day activities

During the incursion, students will:

  • Listen to a story about an animal and its relationship to it’s environment.
  • Study a preserved Grey headed Flying Fox and an Ant Farm to learn about the different features of animals and ways of classifying animals.
  • View models of the life cycle of bats and ants and learn about the similarities and differences between the life cycles of living things.
  • Undertake an invertebrate (bug) hunt in the school yard to collect and classify living bugs.
  • Study bugs with magnifying glasses to observe their features and classify them using a classification chart.
  • Participate in two scientific experiments; What do ants prefer to eat and How do ants help with seed dispersal.
  • Use air dry clay and collected playground objects, to model an invertebrate
  • Use an Amaziograph app on iPads to draw a scientific picture of an ant

Follow up

  • Participate in a citizen science native bee project to observe and record the feeding and pollination habits of native bees (TBC late June 2019)
  • View the Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre Multi Touch e-book called Classification to learn more about classifying invertebrates

Incursion Program

Download the Teachers Checklist and Program to help with your incursion planning


Risk Assessment

Download the Risk Assessment Plan to help with your excursion planning

Living World – S1 Flyer

Download the Living World - S2 Flyer