NSW ecosystems on show

Primary KLA:
Science and Technology
Secondary KLAs:
Human Society and its Environment, Science
Educational levels:
Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10

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Aerial view of a coastal ecosystem.

© State of New South Wales (Department of Education), 2017. Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence

This resource highlights fifteen natural ecosystems found in New South Wales. Each resource has been designed for students investigating ecosystem types in NSW, providing a greater understanding of their location, function, how they are impacted by human activity and how schools and communities can work to protect them. Teachers and students can use this resource in an environmental investigation or as part of an excursion, for example, in preparation for visits to these ecosystems.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(SC5-14LW) analyses interactions between components and processes within biological systems

(SC4-14LW) relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction

(GE4-2) describes processes and influences that form and transform places and environments

(GE4-4) examines perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues

(GE5-3) analyses the effect of interactions and connections between people, places and environments

(GE5-5) assesses management strategies for places and environments for their sustainability

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

(ST2-4LW-S) compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things

(ST1-4LW-S) describes observable features of living things and their environments

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU017) Living things have a variety of external features

(ACSSU030) Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves

(ACSSU211) Living things live in different places where their needs are met

(ACSHE022) People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things

(ACSHE035) People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things

(ACSSU044) Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things

(ACSSU072) Living things have life cycles

(ACSSU073) Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive

(ACSHE051) Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions

(ACSHE062) Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions

(ACSSU043) Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment

(ACSSU094) The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment

(ACSSU111) Classification helps organise the diverse group of organisms

(ACSSU112) Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs

(ACSSU176) Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
learner, teacher
ScOT topics:
Ecosystems, Environmental sustainability, Conservation (Environment), Nature reserves, Sand dunes, Rainforests, Dry sclerophyll forests, Wetlands, Urban areas, Wet sclerophyll forests, Mangrove swamps
Communication activity, Comprehension activity, Mind mapping, Portfolio, Problem solving, Project, Research project
State of NSW, Department of Education
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Monday, 16 April 2018

Resource ID: 6fccb196-b448-40b3-abd8-64dc662b8079