Classified information: Understanding our world



Weekdays during school term | 10am and 12.30pm

Science inquiry skills
Science understanding
Year Level
Year 3
90 Minutes

$240 per group (up to 32 students)

Delve into the work undertaken by our Museum scientists and learn about the field of taxonomy.

In this workshop, students work in small groups through a series of hands-on activities, exploring the concepts of living and non-living and grouping things based on observable features that are similar or different.

In doing so, they step into the world of the taxonomist and apply a range of techniques to classify living things.

Program feedback

“The facilitators were amazing with the kids. Great program, nice mix of hands on, visual learning and incorporating museum exhibits. A good mix of classroom and museum time.”

Student experience

Students will

  • Distinguish between living and non-living things
  • Use similarities and differences to group items
  • Solve a Classification Quandary
  • Explore the concept of living and non-living in the Wild Life Gallery

Skills development

This program links to the following strands of the Western Australian Curriculum:

Year 3


  • Biological sciences: Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
  • Nature and development of science: Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE050)
  • Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)