Primary (Years 3 –7)

Learning programs for Primary years encourage hands on interactions and multisensory learning.

Living connections 

Explore some of the interrelationships between living things and their environment.

Themes: biodiversity and sustainability

Key messages: 

  • people, animals and the environment are all connected
  • we all have basic needs such as food, shelter, water and air
  • living things interact and depend on each other and the environment to survive.
  • living things have connections and can be interdependent having different roles- producer, consumer and decomposers / predator -prey relationships.
  • some interactions between living things can be mutually beneficial or competitive.
  • we all have a responsibility to respect and care for the environment

Aussie battlers 

Discover some of the threatening processes affecting our Australian animals and explore some actions that you can take to assist our animals and their survival.

Themes: conservation, sustainability and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • all animals are part of the web of life
  • threats to wildlife create an imbalance in the natural world
  • status of Australian wildlife-common to extinct
  • we can care for the environments that support our animals. 

Life Cycles

Investigate the lifecycle stages and process of growth and change of some Australian animals.

Themes: conservation, and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • all living things grow, change and go through a life cycle process.
  • there are many different types of life cycles.
  • animals and plants develop and go through different stages of the life cycle as they grow.
  • environmental factors can affect life cycles.
  • the importance of life cycles in the environment.
  • we can care for the environments that support our animals.  

Animal adaptations

Examine adaptations which provide animals with the ability to survive in a variety of Australian habitats. 

Themes: sustainability and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • animals have different structural features and adaptations to help them survive in Australian environments
  • environmental changes can lead to modification in animal structure and function
  • the growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment.
  • we all have a role in caring for habitat that supports our animals. 

Animal adaptations to an arid environment 

Investigate the adaptations of both flora and fauna in Australia’s desert environments, where water availability is unpredictable.

Themes: sustainability and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • animals have different forms, functions and behaviours to survive in arid and semi-arid environments
  • animals may change their structural and functional abilities in response to environmental change over time.
  • the growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment.
  • we all have a role in caring for habitats that support flora and fauna in arid and semi-arid environments.

Classifying Creatures

A broad look at diversity and classification.

Feathers, fur and scales 

Explore how animals can be grouped by observing features. Investigate how similarities and differences between groups are used to classify animals and help organize the diverse group of organisms.

Theme: conservation and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • animals can be classified into different groups according to their features
  • animals possess particular forms and functions that help them meet their needs for survival.
  • animals are classified to enable identification and communication.
  • there is a system to classify animals.
  • animals are supported by natural environments.
  • there are a wide range of environments that support a diversity of animals.
  • we can care for the environments that support our animals.

An in–depth look at classification by focusing on specific animal groups.

Mammalian marvels

Discover how to identify and classify some of Australia's mammals, the role they play in balanced ecosystems, and how we can assist in their survival. 

Themes: conservation and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • all mammals share similar features
  • mammals possess particular forms and functions to help them meet their needs for survival in a variety of environments.
  • mammals are classified to enable identification and communication
  • mammals can be classified into different groups according to their reproductive strategy.
  • mammals are an important part of ecosystems.
  • we can all care for the environments that support our mammals. 

Brilliant birds 

Investigate the diversity of features and functions of some of Australia’s birds and their adaptations to a variety of habitats.

Themes: conservation and biodiversity

Key messages:

  • birds can be classified into different groups according to their features.
  • birds are classified to enable identification and communication
  • birds have different forms and behaviours for survival within Australian environments.
  • birds are an important part of ecosystems
  • appreciate the variety of birds in Australia.
  • we all have a role in caring for habitat that supports birds

Reptile rap

Examine a variety of Australian reptiles and learn how they have adapted to a diversity of habitats, including our own backyards.

Themes: conservation and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • reptiles can be classified into different groups according to their features. 
  • reptiles are classified to enable identification and communication
  • reptiles have adaptations to meet their needs for survival
  • Australian environments support a large diversity of reptiles.
  • reptiles are a part of healthy ecosystems 

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