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Plant Connections - Stage 2

This virtual excursion offers an insight into the world of plant life cycles and how animals affect the life cycles of flowering plants. Live plant materials, models, microscopes and document readers highlight plant features up close. Students will see how scientists and botanists work and study plants and their life cycles in the field and the laboratories.


Stage 2 Science


45 minutes


$100 per class (up to 30 students). Free to schools or classes registered as having special learning needs, remote or rural schools or special needs childrens’ organisations on the NSW ACNC register


Students learn about the flowering and non flowering plants, germination, pollination and environmental influences on plant life cycles.

Excursion Key Themes:

  • Plant life cycles
  • Pollination processes and pollinator relationships
  • Environmental factors affecting life cycles such as fire and seed germination

Students will...

  • Discover more about plants and their journey through our PlantBank facility
  • Recognise the ways flowers are pollinated and seeds form
  • Classify plants as flowering or non-flowering and discuss how they are different
  • Understand and observe plant life cycles
  • Learn about environmental factors and their effect on plant life cycles 


Australian Science Curriculum
Year 3 Science ACSSU044 Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things

Year 4 Science ACSSU072 Living things have life cycles

NSW Science and Technology Curriculum 
Describes that living things have life cycles, can be distinguished from non-living things and grouped, based on their observable features

  • observe first-hand one animal or plant as it grows and develops, and sequence the stages in its life cycle
  • identify some factors in the local environment that are needed by plants and animals for survival
  • outline the relationship between plants and animals, including that plants are able to use light to make food, while animals must eat plants or other animals to obtain food
  • research ways that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples classify some plants or animals.

investigates their questions and predictions by analysing collected data, suggesting explanations for their findings, and communicating and reflecting on the processes undertaken

  • We look forward to welcoming you and your students to a virtual excursion.
  • Schools will connect to our virtual excursions with H.323 compliant video conferencing equipment which is available in all NSW Education Department schools. Check with your IT expert if your school has the correct equipment.
  • The majority of our virtual excursions are offered through the DART Connections website. Contact us if you would like a different time for your topic:
  • Run a test call before your virtual excursion to trouble shoot any technical issues and familiarise yourself with the equipment.
  • We will soon have the capability to offer virtual excursions to schools or organisations that don't have this equipment.
We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.