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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 after 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 and Technology


Rathborne Lodge


2 hours


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Key Content
  • Investigating how physical conditions effect the survival of plants.
  • Examining the structural and behavioural adaptations that support the survival of plants in rainforest and arid environments.
  • 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 would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.