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Get Growing - Stage 1

What makes a plant a plant? How do they grow and what do they need to thrive? Students will discover the answers at the best place to learn about plants – the Botanic Gardens! They’ll learn from our horticultural staff, plant their own seed to take home, and explore our beautiful Gardens, becoming plant experts by the end of the day. 

Stages

Stage 1 Science

Location

Rathborne Lodge
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney

Duration

2 hours

Cost

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:

  • Go on an educator-led 'plant features' walk through the Garden.
  • Plant a seed to take home and grow (focus on life stages).
  • Play the 'Plant Needs' game.
  • Meet a Garden Horticulturalist and find out how they care for plants.

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

Teacher, Brighton Le Sands Public Sands
Stage 1 Science
ST1-4LW-S

Describes observable features of living things and their environments

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

Inquiry Question:  How do living things change as they grow?
Students:
  • 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?
Students:
  • 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.