Feral Focus

Northern Territory Science curriculum framework

Student outcomes and links to relevant activities

Feral Focus links directly to the following curriculum bands and is designed for secondary students up to year 10.

Band 4 - Science





Working Scientifically

4.4 Acting Responsibly

propose and implement responsible scientific actions when making decisions or taking action

  • examine and debate local and national scientific issues, eg drugs, protective equipment, environmental sustainability


4.5 Science in Society

review the contributions to the development of scientific ideas, made by individuals and groups, past and present, and consider the factors that assisted or hindered them

  • analyse the relationship between social attitudes and decisions about the applications of science

  • examine and debate issues associated with species biodiversity, eg rates of species loss

Concepts and Contexts

4.2 Life and Living

examine scientific evidence for models and concepts that are used to explain the processes connecting living systems and that lead to change

  • examine and debate issues associated with species biodiversity, eg contemporary rates of species loss, human use of natural environments, introduction of exotic species


4.4 Earth and Beyond

use scientific ideas to explain changes in the physical environment in terms of cycles and human exploitation

  • illustrate the use of science ideas to monitor and guide the establishment of national parks and heritage areas, and manage resources in fishing/forestry/farming

Band 5 - Science





Working Scientifically

5.4 Acting Responsibly

making decisions and take action with consideration to the ethical, social and environmental implications

  • consider the intended and unintended science-related consequences of actions

  • identify the long and short-term effects of an investigation or scientific application

  • critically analyse two alternative scientific approaches, report on which is more socially responsible and why

Concepts and Contexts

5.2 Life and Living

analyse concepts and principles relating to interactions, balance, continuity and change in living things

  • analyse the effects of environmental change on living things and ecosystems, eg the use of a species for biological control of a pest, the effects of introducing herbicides and pesticides on ecosystems

  • compare and describe how different animals and plants respond to changes in environmental conditions to ensure their survival over time, eg physical, behavioural or functional adaptations