Living Things: Adaptations for survival



Weekdays during school term | 10am and 12.30pm

Science inquiry skills
Science understanding
Year Level
Year 5
90 Minutes

$240 per group (up to 32 students)

In this workshop, students explore the ingenious ways that nature has adapted to survive.

Focusing on birds, this program examines the way living things adapt to their environment and the changes that allow species to thrive and survive.

Students will use scientific tools, Museum specimens and 3D scans to observe and record structural changes in bird skulls, beaks and feathers.

Program feedback

The learning experience that was provided was fantastic. It was aligned to the curriculum and the content that we were covering in class. The children were engaged in learning throughout the whole workshop. The children just loved it.

I have been teaching for a long time and this is one of the best excursions that I have been on.

Student experience

Students will

  • Investigate structural adaptations of birds 
  • Describe and record some of these structural features
  • Recognise that structural features are adaptations which help birds to survive in their environment
  • Understand the importance of physical adaptations to an organism’s survival

Skills development

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

Year 5


  • Chemical sciences: Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU077)
  • Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE083)
  • Processing and analysing data and information: Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (ACSIS218)