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Year 6 - Life on earth

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​​​An engaging Biology program that takes learners beyond the capacity of the classroom to discover the physical conditions of many different environments.

Students are called to action to determine the best environment to plant a certain species of tree. A short barge ride to the northern end of Facing Island in the Gladstone harbour is the setting for this program or alternatively, this program can be offered at Canoe Point, Tannum Sands. Both settings provide a rich variety of ecosystems to study including salt marsh, coastal sand dunes, rocky shore and coastal Casuarina forest. Taking on the role of Bio Explorers, students set upon their self-guided journey to investigate the physical conditions of different ecosystems that support our living things and are challenged to collect data on abiotic and biotic conditions at each area using scientific tools from their adventure pack. They also adopt the role of Citizen Scientists and collect marine debris. 

Facing Island walk is approx 10km loop around the northern end of the island. Students are required to wear shoes that may get wet depending on tides and conditions. 

Please note about this program:

  • This program can only run on a Wednesday due to suitable ferry times.

  • This program has an early start time and later finish due to travel into Gladstone and barge times.

  • This program involves approximately a 10km loop walk around the Northern end of the island.

This program has an additional fee to cover the transport cost of the ferry for each student.

Curriculum intent

Science

Science understanding

Biological sciences
The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of  their environment (ACSSU094).

Science as a Human Endeavour

Nature and development of science
  • Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions (ACSHE098).
  • Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE100).

Science Inquiry Skills
  • With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations (ACSIS232).
  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS221)
General capabilities
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability.

Cross-curriculum priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

Country/Place
  • OI.2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities maintain a special connection to and responsibility for Country/Place.
  • OI.5 World views are formed by experiences at personal, local, national and global levels, and are linked to individual and community actions for sustainability.
Culture

  • OI.5 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' ways of life are uniquely expressed through ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing.


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Last reviewed 04 September 2021
Last updated 04 September 2021