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Science: Living World


Students will explore three different ecosystems and compare the features and adaptations that enable the living things to survive where they do. The importance of sustainable use of environments and Aboriginal land management practices will be examined. Students will also be learning through play with active games about adaptations and survival.

Program Location

Bobbin Head 

Special Note

It is recommended that this program be undertaken on a low tide day to enable the students to observe the crabs.

Inquiry questions

How do physical conditions affect the survival of living things?

How do the structural and behavioural features of living things support survival?

Learning Activities

Mangrove adaptations

Students will visit the mangrove forest to learn about the physical conditions of the mangrove ecosystem before investigating the adaptations the plants have to survive in the wet, saline conditions.

On low tide days, the students will be able to observe crabs that live on the mudflats to determine their structural and behavioural features.

Dry Forest and fire

During a bush walk, the students will consider the physical conditions of the dry sclerophyll forest. This will lead into an exploration of the adaptations of plants and animals found there. Students will also learn about bushfires and the adaptations of plants to these conditions.

Students will also visit cultural sites to learn about Aboriginal land management practices and how they used their vast knowledge of the plants and animals to change the physical conditions using fire.                                               

Rainforest ecosystems

Students will contrast the physical conditions of the rainforest to the other two ecosystems. Students will focus on the Powerful Owl and its adaptations for surviving in this environment. This will include an animal forms activity, enabling students to empathise with the animal.

Adaptations game

After lunch, students will further develop their understanding of adaptations through game play that focuses on the interactions between organisms and the environment.

Sample Timetable

NOTE: Variations to timetable based on specific location

Time Classes A,B Classes C,D
10.00am Acknowledgement of Country, Welcome, Overview of
10.10am Morning Tea
10.30am Mangrove Investigation Predator/Prey Game

Dry Forest Investigation

Rainforest investigation

Mangrove Investigation
12.30pm Lunch
1.00pm Predator/Prey Game

Dry Forest Investigation

Rainforest investigation

2.00pm Conclusion and depart

Teacher Information

Download the program flyer

Excursion locations Bobbin Head
Bus access map

Map for access to venue will be sent with the confirmation

Please ensure you print a copy and provide to the bus driver on the morning of the excursion.


2023 DoE $15 per student - GST free

2023 Non-gov school cost $25 per student - GST free, minimum charge $575 per class. 

NOTE:  National Parks entry is $1.10 per student in addition

Risk Assessments

Bobbin Head


Social Stories Bobbin Head
Supporting Resources
Student activities (coming soon)
What to bring

Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes, mask.

Students wear sports uniform.

Adverse weather
On days where the weather is unsuitable (see risk assessment), a Gibberagong staff member will contact the organising teacher to discuss alternative arrangments.
Medical notifications
Notify Gibberagong EEC by completing and returning the medical form before the excursion. This form will be sent out upon confirmation of booking.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Science and technology K-6 Syllabus 


A student:

> examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things ST3-4LW-S


Growth and survival of living things


  • Describe how changing physical conditions in the environment affect the growth and survival of living things

Adaptations of living things


  • describe adaptations as existing structures or behaviours that enable living things to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
  • Describe the structural and/or behavioural features of some native Australian animals and plants and why they are considered to be adaptations, for example:

    - salt on mangrove leaves

    - large eyes of owls

    - eyes of crabs

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2017