Explore fire ecology principles used to landscape and manage the environment with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge of abiotic factors and energy.

Curriculum Content Descriptors

Science Understanding

Biological sciences
Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment, matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176 )

Science as a Human Endeavour

Use and influence of science
Values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (ACSHE228 )

Science Inquiry Skills

Questioning and predicting
Formulate questions or hypothesis that can be investigated scientifically (ACSIS164 )

Planning and conducting

Plan, select and use appropriate investigation types, including field work and laboratory experimentation, to collect reliable data, assess risk and address ethical issues associated with these methods (ACSIS165)

Select and use appropriate equipment, including digital technologies, to collect and record data systematically and accurately (ACSIS166)

Processing and analysing data and information
Analyse patterns and trends in data, including describing relationships between variables and identifying inconsistencies (ACSIS169)

Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence (ACSIS170)

Evaluate conclusions, including identifying sources of uncertainty and possible alternative explanations, and describe specific ways to improve the quality of the data (ACSIS171)


Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS174)

New elaboration - investigating the interdependence of communities and the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in maintaining their environment (OI.2, OI.5)

Inquiry questions to be investigated?
Scaffolded inquiry

  • How does fire/heat effect seed germination of native species?

Guided inquiries

  • Investigating smoke as a requirement for germination.
  • Investigating abrasion as a requirement for germination.

Aboriginal People’s and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ knowledge of abiotic factors, such as fire, and its role in matter and energy flow of an ecosystem informed the managed use of fire to promote growth of particular plants, provide sustainable habitats and actively landscape and manage the environment.

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