A Koala hanging in a tree, eating leaves.

Digital programs

Interactive online Science programs to connect your students with animals.

Free of charge

Program description

Teachers and students are invited to join free online 30-minute workshops throughout the year. These programs support the VELYDF and Victorian Curriculum and are available to all Victorian schools and early childhood services. To support the workshop each program comes with a free digital teaching resource, which includes lesson plans and classroom activities.

While not a tour of the zoo, these workshops give you direct access to a Zoo Teacher and unique content.

Each workshop is hosted on Microsoft Teams Webinars. You will not need a webcam or microphone – type your questions into the Q&A.

Workshops will have the same format and content each time.

Workshop recordings will be sent to all registered participants after the event.

2024 Timetable

Digital programs will be running on:

  • Wednesday 7 February
  • Wednesday 8 May
  • Wednesday 17 July
  • Wednesday 9 October

Workshops will have the same format and content each time. Select your preferred time and program to find out more:

Time Program

9.15 - 9.45am

 

Early Childhood Science

Foundation-Year 2 Science (Africa)

VCE Biology Unit 4

10.00 - 10.30am

 

Early Childhood Science

Foundation-Year 2 Science (Australia)

Year 5-6 Science

10.45 - 11.15am

 

Year 7-8 Science 

11.30am - 12.00pm

Year 3-4 Science

Foundation-Year 2 Science (Africa)

VCE Biology Unit 2

 

Early Childhood Science

Explore nature and Aboriginal connections to Country through play, storytelling and song.

Children will learn:

  • Australian animal colourings and body features
  • People’s connection to place and nature
  • How to use the senses to find out about science How to respect and care for animals

Foundation-Year 2 Science

Discover African and Australian animal body features, homes and basic needs.

Students will learn:

  • Features of African and Australian animals
  • Homes and basic needs of animals
  • How to use the senses during scientific investigation
  • How to respect and care for wildlife

Year 3-4 Science

Journey through the bush to discover Australian animals and their survival skills.

Students will learn:

  • Life cycles and grouping of Australian animals
  • Animals depend on each other, and their habitat, to survive
  • How to use observation during scientific investigation
  • How to take action for sustainability and wildlife conservation

Year 5-6 Science

Explore the African animal features that make them successful predators and able to avoid becoming prey.

Students will learn:

  • African animal adaptations that help them to survive
  • Why people are working together to protect wildlife
  • How to investigate an animal’s body features, diet and senses
  • How to take action for sustainability and wildlife conservation

Year 7-8 Science

Bring the science of the animal kingdom to life by examining skulls, biological artefacts and zoo animals.

Students will learn:

  • Structural and behavioural animal adaptations
  • Animal classifications Human impact on places, habitats and ecosystems
  • How to classify animals in various ways
  • How to use scientific knowledge for wildlife conservation

VCE Biology Unit 2

Investigate the adaptations and interdependencies that enable Little Penguins to survive within a marine ecosystem.

Students will learn:

  • Little Penguin adaptations that enhance survival and enable life to exist in a range of environments
  • Survival through interdependencies between species and populations within an ecosystem
  • How to collect and analyse real datasets
  • How to extend scientific inquiry skills

VCE Biology Unit 4

Analyse and compare primates to reveal humans’ closest living and extinct relatives, evolutionary trends and what it means to be classified as Homo sapiens.

Students will learn:

  • Anatomical and behavioural characteristics of mammals, primates, hominoids and hominins
  • Processes that underpin speciation of primates
  • Construction and use of phylogenetic trees as evidence for relatedness of species
  • How to compare DNA sequences
  • How to collect and analyse behavioural observation data
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