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Plant Scientists - Stage 2

Go on a journey through the Botanic Gardens to discover how scientists group plants according to their features, how plants need pollination to complete their life cycles, and get hands-on with different types of seeds to determine their dispersal mechanism. Plus, students work scientifically to design a fair test and plant seeds to take back to school to conduct a life cycle investigation.  


Stage 2 Science & Technology


Rathborne Lodge
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney


2 hours


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Excursion key themes:

  • Grouping plants according to external features.
  • Comparing life cycles of different plants. 
  • Pollination and seed dispseral as examples of interdependence. 

Students will: 

  • Plant life cycles and discover how scientists classify plants in the Botanic Gardens
  • Investigate seed dispersal in a hands-on experiment.
  • Design and prepare a fair test on plant life-cycles, including planting seeds to take back to school.

It was the perfect combination of outdoor activities and indoor information.

Teacher, Brighton Le Sands Public School

Stage 2 Science & Technology

Compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things

Classification of living things:
Inquiry Question: How can we group living things?


  • Collect data and identify patterns to group living things to their external features, and distinguish them form non-living things (ASCCU044)
  • Identify that science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE050, ACSH061)
Life cycles of living things:
Inquiry Question: What are the similarities and differences between the life cycles of living things?

  • Identify that living things have life cycles (ACSSU072)
  • Conduct an investigation into the life cycle of plants and/or animals (ACSSU072)

Survival of living things:
Inquiry Question: How are environments and living things interdependent?

  • Describe how living things depend on each other and the environment to survive, for example: (ACSSU073)
    • bees and flowers
    • birds eat and disperse seeds

We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.