Our Year 7 and 8 program caters to the curriculum descriptors shown below.
|Victorian Curriculum||Levels 7 and 8|
|Science||Biological Science||There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity(VCSSU091)|
|Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs and can be affected by human activity (VCSSU093)|
|Science as a human endeavour||Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (VCSSU090)|
|Questioning and predicting||Identify questions, problems and claims that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge (VCSIS107)|
|Cross Curriculum Priorities||Learning about sustainability|
|Learning Capabilities||Critical and creative thinking|
Depending on the learning goals for your students our program can focus on either one of or both “Classifications” and “Interactions”.
|Classification or Interaction Program|
90 mins total
|Up-close encounter with several education reptiles. Guided walk through the Park to observe and learn about Australian mammals and birds.|
Students will observe, learn about, and interact with a range of animals, across Class Aves, Class Reptilia and Class Mammalia. Included is a guided tour of our Park as well as our classroom for an up-close and hands on reptile encounter.
Our sessions will support learners’ understanding of the variation within – and relationship between – Species within a Class, Order and Genus.
Students will be prompted to make predictions regarding the categories species may belong to and the distinctions and similarities between species based on their classification.
Students will appreciate the use of the Taxonomic system to order support our understanding of all forms of life.
A worksheet can be provided to support students in their understanding of the topic. This will require students to complete the taxonomic hierarchy for selected species in each class.
|Interactions and Food Webs
Students will observe, learn about, and interact with a range of animals, and environments, with a guided tour of our Park, as well as our classroom for an up-close and hands on reptile encounter.
Our sessions will support learners’ understanding of the varied relationships between all forms of life; examining the ways in which species interact and are impacted by each other’s presence.
Students will encounter and observe animals that occupy each level of a food chain/food web including Producers and Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Consumers. Students will learn about the significance of Apex Predators.
Students will be prompted to examine species and make conclusions about their roles in the food web as well as make predictions regarding the outcome of the presence and absence of these species from the food web.
30-45 mins total
Groups will be provided with Roo-food and an identification sheet so that students may observe, identify, interact with and potentially feed our free roaming wallabies and kangaroos.
Cost per student including admission: $17.00
The Classifications/Interactions program includes 90 minutes of educator-led sessions + 1 teacher-led session in the Wallaby Walk.
Cost per student to extend educator-led program: $8.30
Please contact us for more details about possible options including an encounter with trained show animals or educator-led station activities and a guided tour of the Wallaby Walk.
Extra adults over the below ratios: $18.00
NOTE: all programs have a minimum charge for 15 students if fewer attend.
All prices include GST
ADULT TO STUDENT RATIO
Adult to student ratio
Secondary: 1 adult included free of charge with every 10 students (rounded up to the next 10)
Carers and Aides (for people with physical or learning needs): 1 included per student
Learning aides do not affect ratios
Extra adults over the above ratios: $18.00
On the day, a Wallaby Walk Guide will be provided to leading teachers and other supervising adults to assist them in facilitating the teacher-led session.
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