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Get Growing - Stage 1

What makes a plant a plant? How do they grow and change, and what do they need to thrive? Students discover this and more as they explore the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden, plant their own seed to take home, and meet a garden expert. 

Learning Activities

  • Students embark on a ‘plant features’ walk led by a Botanic Garden educator 
  • They will plant a seed to take home and grow, act out its life cycle and have fun playing the ‘Plant Needs’ game  
  • Students will also meet one of the Garden’s expert horticulture staff and find out how they care for plants  


Stage 1 Science


Rathborne Lodge


2 hours


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Key Content
  • Describing the external features of a variety of plants they find in the Garden, eg leaves, stems, flowers, fruits.  
  • Exploring how a plant grows, changes, and has offspring similar to itself, eg acting out a plant’s life cycle through embodiment. 
  • Learning about the specific environment a plant needs to thrive, eg light, air, water, nutrients, soil. 
  • Discovering how a local environment can be improved to help plants grow, eg Q&A with a horticulturalist.
Syllabus Outcomes

Focus Syllabus Outcomes 

SCIENCE - Living World  
Describes observable features of living things and their environments (ST1-4LW-S)   

Supported Syllabus Outcomes 

SCIENCE - Working Scientifically   
Observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas (ST1-1WS-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)
•    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 would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.