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Stage 3 Program - Sensitive Environments - Warriewood Wetlands

NSW Science and technology syllabus

Living World

  • Students describe some physical conditions of the environment and how these affect the growth and survival of living things ST3-11LW
  • Students describe how structural features and other adaptations of living things help them to survive in their environment ST3-10LW

Working scientifically

  • Students investigate by posing questions, including testable questions, making predictions and gathering data to draw evidence-based conclusions and develop explanations ST3-4WS

Geography Syllabus

  • Students describe the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments GE3-1
  • Students explain interactions and connections between people, places and environments GE3-2


  • All life forms including human life, are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and survival.O1.2
  • World views are formed by experiences at personal, local, national and global levels, and are linked to individual and community actions for sustainability O1.4

Sensitive Environments – Warriewood Wetlands 

Globally many sensitive environments are under pressure. This excursion introduces students to a unique, sensitive, local environment, giving them the opportunity to explore some of the
pressures this particular environment faces.

Using aerial photographs students are introduced to the interesting history, features and characteristics of Warriewood Wetlands.

During a guided walk through the wetlands students identify the interactions between living things and their effects on the environment.

Working in small groups students will predict the health of this wetland. Students will conduct biotic and abiotic testing to gather and collate raw data. Once they have analysed their data as a group they can decide if they still agree with their initial prediction.

Students examine environmental problems caused by human development of the area such as pest species and weeds. Students discover the adaptations of these species that have enabled them to thrive in this area. Students are encouraged to think creatively and suggest possible solutions. 

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