The external features of living things

The Learn About Wool resources provide an ideal opportunity for Year 1 students to investigate the external features of living things.

The following curriculum-based resource package includes a variety of interactive resources, including downloadable PDF factsheets, websites, and age-appropriate YouTube video clips.

Links with the Australian Curriculum

Students can explore the following resources to recognise the common features of sheep, such as head, legs and bodies, describe the use of sheep body parts for particular purposes, such as moving and feeding, recognise that descriptions of what we observe are used by people to help identify change, for example, farmers observe signs of illness in their sheep consider how science is used in caring for plants (pasture) and animals.

Science understanding | Biological Sciences

Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)

Science as human endeavour | Nature and development of science

Science involves observing, asking questions about, and describing changes in, objects and events (ACSHE021)

Science as human endeavour | Use and influence of science

People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022)

Science inquiry skills 

Opportunities exist to incorporate the full strand depending on the classroom activity being undertaken (ACSIS024, ACSIS025, ACSIS026, ACSIS027, ACSIS212, ACSIS213, ACSIS029)


All PDFs can be saved for use in the classroom; either on individual computers, laptops and tablets or smartboards, or they can be reproduced as hard-copy handouts.

Download entire lesson plan as PDF