1. Local ecosystem
In this unit students study the relationships of organisms with each other and with their physical environment. Students observe and measure both the abiotic and biotic factors within an ecosystem.
2. Patterns in nature
There are fundamental structural and biochemical similarities between the cells in all living things. In this unit students carry out a variety of microscopic identification of plant and animal cells.
3. Life on earth
Fossil evidence indicates changes in the complexity and diversity of life forms. Scientists classify organisms according to their evolutionary relationships. Students study the geological timeline to discuss when life originated on Earth.
4. Evolution of Australian Biota
In this unit students study the development of the uniqueness of the Australian continent. The isolation of Gondwana led to an array of diverse and specialised species only found in Australia.