Early Earth: A dynamic and changing place



Weekdays during school term | 10am and 12.30pm

Year Level
Year 4 – 6
90 Minutes

$240 per group (up to 32 students)

Travel back billions of years in time to a very different planet Earth to discover the role microscopic organisms played in changing forever the conditions for life on Earth.

Investigate the structures they formed and the chemical processes they harnessed in developing an oxygen rich atmosphere and oceans, creating conditions for multicellular life to flourish and producing great changes in the rocks and minerals on Earth.

Explore the evidence they left behind, including a wealth of resources contributing much to Western Australia.


Student experience

Students will:

  • Travel back in time to explore Archean Earth
  • Investigate the Great Oxygenation Event and the formation of stromatolites
  • Use digital microscopes to observe and record cyanobacteria
  • Handle authentic stromatolites
  • Explore the origins of life through examples in the Origins Gallery


Skills development

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

Year 4


  • Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075)
  • Living things depend on the environment to survive (ACSU073)

Year 5


  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACCSSU043)

Year 6


  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)