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Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre

Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre

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Needs of living things

Science and Technology – Living World

Program overview

Students explore the Royal National Park through hands-on and sensory activities. They learn about the needs of living things and gain a respect for the natural world.


Royal National Park Environmental Education CentreBungoona Path and surrounds

Key syllabus outcomes

  • Students explore the characteristics, needs and uses of living things STe-3LW-ST
  • Students observe, question and collect data to communicate ideas STe-1WS-S

Skills focus - working scientifically

Planning and conducting investigations

  • make observations using senses through participation in guided scientific investigations
  • record observations using drawings, simple digital recording methods, oral descriptions and/or simple visual representations (ACSIS011)


  • share observations and ideas based on guided investigations (ACSIS012)

Inquiry question

  • What do we notice about living things?


Characteristics and basic needs of living things


  • recognise that living things have basic needs including air, food and water (ACSSU002)
  • compare the basic needs of some plants and animals
  • participate in guided investigations to identify living things and the external features of plants and animals in the local environment SciT   
  • communicate findings of observations of living things in their environment SciT   

Learning experiences


  • Learn the secret of PAWS (Plants Animals Water Shelter)
  • Participate in sensory awareness activities on a bushwalk along Bungoona Path (e.g. mirror walks, invertebrate search, whiff cups, touchy feely bag, blindfold walks, matching colours)
  • Find shelters and other evidence of animals meeting their needs in the natural environment
  • Build model shelters using natural materials