The processes of life

Plants and animals 

Living plants and animals have the following properties or characteristics in common: they can move, respond to stimuli, feed, respire, grow, excrete, and reproduce.

In the infant classes children will have little understanding of what constitutes a living organism. Through first-hand observations and experiences, such as planting seeds and bulbs and observing plants and animals in the immediate environment, children should recognise that living things grow and change.

In the junior classes children are presented with activities that will encourage them to develop the concept of life cycle, change and growth.

In the middle and senior classes children will be aware that living things share similar life processes but that they carry out these life processes in different ways.