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Survive and Thrive - Stage 3

Examine a range of native plants from contrasting rainforest and arid environments, observe the amazing adaptations that allow them to grow and survive. In research teams conduct a scientific investigation and complete scientific illustrations, fine tuning skills and making connections between the physical conditions in which plants live and their growth and survival.  

Learning Activities

  • Students will conduct a scientific investigation into how environmental conditions affect the growth, survival and adaptation of plants in two contrasting environments (arid and rainforest)

  • They will complete a scientific illustration by making observations and using scientific measurement tools

  • ​Students also consider a testable scientific question, formulate a hypothesis, collect and analyse data to communicate conclusions 


Stage 3 Science


The Bowden Centre


2 hours


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Key Content
  • Investigating how physical conditions effect the survival of plants.
  • Examining the structural and behavioural adaptations of plants in rainforest and arid environments that support their survival.
  • Conducting a comparative scientific study using tools. 
  • Performing a scientific investigation to draw a scientific diagram.
  • Applying reasoning to draw conclusions. 
Syllabus Outcomes

Focus Syllabus Outcomes


  • Plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions (ST3-1WS-S )
  • Examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things (ST3-4LW-S)
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Sustainable Development Goals

Through our education programs we aim to 

  • ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG 4)
  • ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (SDG6)
  • demonstrate actions that work towards making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
  • inform and empower students to preserve our forests and halt biodiversity loss (SDG 15)

Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we promote prosperity for the whole community, while protecting our planet for future generations.


We acknowledge the Dharawal people and their continuing custodianship of this land, Mount Annan (Yandel'ora - meaning place of peace between people). We pay our respects to the Dharawal Elders past, present and emerging.