Living Connections

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Program Overview

All living things are connected. Examine the changes plants and animals undergo as they grow and discover their key features that help them survive in our fascinating world. Young learners will be engaged and inspired during these hands on, interactive activities.

This program can be tailored to suit different levels of understanding, from topic introduction through to topic consolidation.

Victorian Curriculum Links:

    Science: Science Understanding
  • Living things have a variety of external features and live indifferent places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter are met (VCSSU042)
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)
    Geography: Geographical Concepts & Skills
  • Collect and record geographical data and information from the field and other sources (VCGGC060)
    Geography: Geographical Knowledge
  • Reasons why some places are special and some places are important to people and how they can be looked after (VCGGK069)

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Program Outline:

There are two options for this program. The 2 hour short program includes three activities listed below (selected upon booking). The 4 hour long program includes all five activities.

      Habitat Exploration

      Investigate habitats available within the grounds of our Sustainability Centre; uncover and collect samples of the plants and animals present.

      Video Microscope in ‘The Hollow’

      Students closely examine the invertebrates they collected with the aid of a video microscope in our specialised room known as ‘The Hollow’.

      Life Cycles

      Students will inspect the various stages of the life cycles of plants and animals and examine their importance within the habitat.

      Compost Bin & Worms

      Travel through our shrinking machine and immerse yourself in our compost bin and its wealth of invertebrates.

      We’re ALL connected

      Discover the relationship between flowering plants, garden invertebrates and birds through this drama based activity.

    Both programs conclude with:

      Call to Action

      Students will derive actions they can take to ensure that gardens around their local community are protected for all native wildlife.

    Restrictions: More than 4 classes can be accommodated by special request; only available during a 4 hour program.
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    Program Details

    Program Location Sustainability Education Centre Cheltenham
    Max # of Groups (group max 30) 4
    Possible Start Times 10am (9.40am arrival), 12.30pm (12.10pm arrival)
    Grade Level Prep - Year 2
    Program Duration 2 hours, 4 hours
    Program Type Excursion
    Program Theme Biodiversity, Human Impacts, Insects, Living things, Plants, Sustainability, Worms & Compost
    Cost per group 2hr program - $360, 4hr program - $540