Friends or foes? addresses AC Science Understanding ACSSU072 Living things have life cycles and ACSSU073 Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive, through the context of exploring the interdependent relationship between flowers and insects.

Friends or foes? provides students with hands-on opportunities to:

  • explore the parts of a flower required for pollination and how these attract insects
  • explore the life cycle of a bee
  • investigate the role of ants in pollination and seed dispersal

Students apply their new learning by:

  • planning and conducting an investigation into seed dispersal methods of different plants
  • using the data collected in the investigation to evaluate the effectiveness of those methods of seed dispersal

Linking science with literacy

In the Primary Connections approach, students are supported to create representations that draw on and strengthen their literacy development. In Friends or foes?, students represent and explain their understanding about how living things have life cycles and that living things depend on each other and the environment to survive, by creating these representations:

  • Cross section
  • Factual text
  • Labelled diagram
  • Procedural text
  • Science chat-board
  • Story board
  • Data table
  • Word wall