The Biodiversity program at Molesworth Environment Centre can be adapted to fit your year group and class program.  Most areas of study focus on native Tasmanian plants and animals, as well as human influence on biodiversity.  The excursion usually consists of discussion time at the environment centre, and a field based activity such as a bushwalk or pond/creek study.

Examples of study areas can include:

  • Habitats – bushwalks through varying forest and woodland communities; looking for animal homes and evidence of native animals; discussion of human impacts on habitats; change in habitats over time.
  • Animal features and adaptations – using the stuffed animal collection at MEC we talk through the physiological and behavioural adaptations animals have to help them survive in their habitats.
  • Life cycles – discussion of different types of life cycles and the ways different organisms raise their offspring; bushwalk to pond or forest to investigate invertebrates; use computer microscope to have a close look at invertebrates in various stages of their life cycles. Discuss similarities and differences between humans and other species.  Plant lifecycles can also be included. 
  • Living and non-living – discussion in environment centre about classification of living and non-living things. Identification of needs of living things and a bushwalk to investigate living and non-living aspects of the ecosystem.
Science Scope and Sequence - Foundation to Year 6.




Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Science Understanding


Biological Sciences

Living things have basic needs, including food and water 


Living things have a variety of external features 


Living things live in different places where their needs are met


Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves


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

Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive.

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

The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment

Science as a Human Endeavour


Nature and


of science

Science involves exploring and observing the world using the senses


Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships



Use and

influence of



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


Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions



Science Inquiry Skills


Questioning and Predicting

Respond to questions about familiar objects and events

Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events



Planning and Conducting

Explore and make observations by using the senses




Processing and analysing data and information


Engage in discussions about observations and use methods such as drawing to represent ideas 

Through discussion, compare observations with predictions




Share observations and ideas

Represent and communicate observations and ideas in a variety of ways such as oral and written language, drawing and role play



The Biodiversity program relates to the following cross curriculum Sustainability Organising Ideas



The biosphere is a dynamic system providing conditions that sustain life on Earth.


All life forms, including human life, are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and survival.


Sustainable patterns of living rely on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological systems.



The sustainability of ecological, social and economic systems is achieved through informed individual and community action that values local and global equity and fairness across generations into the future. 


Actions for a more sustainable future reflect values of care, respect and responsibility, and require us to explore and understand environments.


Designing action for sustainability requires an evaluation of past practices, the assessment of scientific and technological developments, and balanced judgments based on projected future economic, social and environmental impacts.


Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of environments.