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Get Growing - The Calyx - Stage 1

Investigate the life cycle of plants and learn how seeds are dispersed as you explore the Garden. After that, you and your students will enjoy a guided tour of the Plants with Bite exhibition of carnivorous plants at The Calyx, as well as a planting activity to prepare to grow your own plants at school and hands-on learning about seeds.


Stage 1 Science


Learning Centre
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney


2 hours


Click here. Minimum charges apply. Discounts apply for full day programs!

This excursion provides students with hands-on activities planting and exploring different types of seeds, and supports the Living World strand of the Stage 1 NSW K-6 Science and Technology Syllabus.

Excursion key themes:

  • External features of a plant
  • Life stages of a plant
  • Needs of a plant in its environment

Students will:

  • Explore The Calyx Plants with Bite exhibition and see the spectacular vertical green wall 
  • Learn about the life cycle of plants with role-play and hands-on discovery of seeds
  • Collect seeds on an exploration hunt through the Garden
  • Plant their own seed in our specialised planting house to take back to school and watch it grow

The most memorable part of the lesson was planting our own seeds.

Teacher, Brighton Le Sands Public Sands
Stage 1 Science

Describes observable features of living things and their environments

Inquiry Question:  What are the external features of living things?
  • describe the external features of a variety of living things (ASSU017)

Inquiry Question:  How do living things change as they grow?
  • explore how living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (ACSSU030)

Inquiry Question:  How can we improve a local environment to encourage living things to thrive?
  • Identify that living things live in different places that suit their needs (ACSSU211)
  • Recognise that people use science adn technology in their daily lives, including when caring for the environment and living things (ACSHE022, ACSHE035)
We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.