Melbourne Zoo’s pedagogy aligns with best practice priorities and approaches for the Early Years and has a strong focus on exploring, comparing and imagining. The Fur, feathers, scales and skin program is a ‘hands on’ sensory experience that is designed to help young students group living things by the similarities and differences in their observable features. Students will explore the variety of external features within mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and appreciate the role of these features in relation to the animal’s survival.
Students will interact with various animals they have investigated and learn that not only are body coverings unique and diverse but can also affect and protect the survival of our wildlife.
The Fur, feathers, scales and skin learning program addresses Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework outcomes: Birth to 8 years and AusVELS levels F-3 standards. It supports the cross-curriculum priorities of Sustainability and addresses achievements in the domains of Science, Interpersonal Development, English, Humanities and Thinking Processes.