The unit for Term 4 is “Staying Alive”. It provides opportunities for students to investigate the basic needs for survival of animals including humans, and how their senses help them stay alive.
Students will investigate how all animals, including humans, use their sensory organs to gather information about their environment. The sharp eye, the cocked ear or the careful sniffing of air can warn animals of dangers that might threaten their survival. Humans use senses to gather information not only critical for our immediate safety, but also for planning to meet our basic needs for things such as food, water and shelter.
Year One and Two – Dinosaurs and More!
Animals and plants live in places where there is access to what they need. The features of animals, such as the type of teeth they have, enable them to meet their needs in their environment.
The Year one and two students will be learning about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. They will be looking at the features of these prehistoric animals compared with present day animals and examining how these features help them to survive in their environment.
Year 3 and 4-
Students are studying the “Friends or Foes” science unit. They are learning about the life cycles of plants, pollination and the role animals play in the world’s ecosystems.
Year 5/6 – Desert Survivors
Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment. Students will explore some of the physical and behavioural features of desert plants and animals. Through hands-on activities, students investigate how the features of desert plants and animals help them to survive in their own natural environment.
This unit of work provides an excellent opportunity for students to further develop their Science Inquiry Skills, through posing questions, plan investigations and represent their findings using graphs and tables.