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Victorian Curriculum F – 10
- Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)
Through educator-led discussions, an animal encounter and play-based learning students are able to explore animal features, habitats and survival needs
- Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)
Students will explore animal lifecycles and the characteristics of living and non-living things through educator-led discussions, an animal encounter and unique zoo-based resources
Science Inquiry Skills
- Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)
Students will be encouraged to engage their senses: listening, observing, smelling and when appropriate touching animals or animal artefacts in order to explore living and non-living things, this will be supported through storytelling, educator-led discussions, an animal encounter and guided outdoor investigations
- Explore the types of acts considered right and those often considered wrong and the reasons why they are considered so (VCECD002)
An animal encounter is used as a provocation for students to understand the experience from the viewpoint of the animal, to recognise animal sentience, to encourage emotional connection with animals, and to promote respect for animals and their habitats
Children will become a Wild Explorer for the day, learning about what makes animals special and meeting many along the way.
Our Wild Explorers learn to respect and care for animals in this fun-filled and educational day out at the zoo. Students engage all their senses and exercise their enquiring minds to learn what makes animals special and uncover animal's features, habitats, life cycles and what they need to survive.
Wild Explorers hear a story from our zoo-based teachers, have the chance to meet an animal up close and explore the zoo, searching for the hidden Wild Explorer boxes to unlock the secrets of what makes our animals so special. Guided discussions, animal encounters and inquiry learning help students understand where these animals live, what they eat and how we can care for them and their habitats.
By the end of their mission into the wild, students will understand how special our animals are, how to care for them, the environment and contribute to a sustainable future.
Wild Explorers will learn:
- How to respect and care for animals
- The unique features and needs of various animal species
- How animals grow and change