Digital Program | Nature Play the Wurundjeri Way
Children will engage their senses in nature, explore Aboriginal culture and connect to wildlife and the environment through play and discovery.
Each program includes a 30-minute online workshop with a Zoo Teacher and a teaching guide filled with activities for your scope and sequence. While not a tour of the zoo, you will have direct access to your own expert Zoo Teacher and unique zoo content.
In Nature Play the Wurundjeri Way, children will ignite their curiosity and use their senses to explore, play and connect with the natural world. They will discover what makes this land unique and why Healesville Sanctuary is special to the Wurundjeri people.
Children will exercise their enquiring minds with Aboriginal artefacts, listen to dreaming stories, explore simple Woiwurrung language and learn about Wurundjeri connections to plants and wildlife.
Children will learn:
- About Aboriginal culture and Wurundjeri connections to the land
- How to appreciate, respect and care for living and non-living things
- How to explore the natural environment using all of their senses
- About the unique habitats of Australian animals
Want to come face-to-face with our incredible wildlife and extend your students' learning in their environment? Book in an excursion to one of our three amazing zoos.
Use the activities in the teaching guide (below) to spark children’s curiosity before their online workshop.
Connect and Understand
Through guided discussions, children will learn about how animals, plants and people are all connected and how to care for the environment – just as the Wurundjeri people do.
Use activities in the Teaching Guide to deepen children’s learning.
Use the Teaching Guide to enable children to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts.
Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF)
- Children will explore Aboriginal culture, discover animals and their habitats and develop their respect and love for the natural environment.
- Children will be supported to work collaboratively in safe, outdoor, natural play spaces and make new discoveries about the interconnectedness of the land, plants, animals and Wurundjeri culture.
- Children will use their senses to connect with living and non-living things in the natural environment and explore how the Wurundjeri people used different tools, techniques and shared dreaming stories.
Online workshop details
Your Online Workshop will be hosted on Zoom.
All you need is a computer or device with internet access. It’s great if it also has a web cam and mic but that's not necessary.
Children can also communicate with a Zoo Teacher by typing in the Chat box.
We will send out a link to join the program to the teacher that booked.
Join us ten minutes before your start time. Arriving early will enable us to check any tech issues and start your session on time.
Please call 1300 966 784 to book.