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Feathers, Fur and Scales

Feathers, Fur and Scales

Our  Feathers, Fur and Scales Program is specifically targeted to Foundation to Grade 2 and caters to the curriculum descriptors shown below.

Victorian Curriculum:  Foundation – 2
Science Biological Science 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)
Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)
Science as a human endeavour People use science in their daily lives (VCSSU041)
Questioning and predicting Respond to and pose questions and make predictions about familiar objects and events (VCSIS050)
Planning and conducting Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the
senses to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)
Cross Curriculum Priorities Learning about sustainability
Learning Capabilities Critical and creative thinking
Ethical

Program

Feathers, Fur and Scales Program
Educator-led Sessions

90 mins total

Up-close encounters with several education reptiles.

Guided walk through the Park to observe and learn about Australian mammals and birds.

Observe physical characteristics and predict the function of these features, such as movement, behaviour and diet. Observe enclosures and use reasoning to predict preferred habitats and the requirements for life. Observe animals to draw patterns between different types and determine categories similar animals may belong to.

Explore, Question and Do learning activities:

With sorting tasks, tactile stations, animal artefacts and backyard-scale animal habitats students can interact and get hands on with sensory objects.

The intention is to develop science skills of observation and reasoning as well as encouraging curiosity and self-directed inquiry.

Teacher-led Sessions

90 mins total

Wallaby Walk

Groups will be provided some Roo-food and an identification sheet so that students may observe, identify, interact with and potentially feed our free roaming wallabies and kangaroos.   

Kangaroo Discovery Zone

In small groups led by an adult or strong student reader, students are guided through activity stations.

This session will contextualise students’ visit with our wallabies and kangaroos and assist them in maintaining empathetic and critically reflective interactions with these free roaming animals.

An info booklet will be provided to all supervising teachers and adults.

Timetable and Timing

Participation in the updated program requires school groups to be at Moonlit Sanctuary for 4 hours (which includes arrival and a lunch break).

An example of the timetable based on a 10am arrival for 4 groups is shown below:

Program can be run with 1 to 4 groups

Schools with 5 groups can request an alternative timetable. Schools with greater than 5 groups can visit over multiple days.

PRICES

Cost per student including admission: $16.50

The Feathers, Fur and Scales program includes 90 minutes of educator-led sessions, and 90 minutes of teacher-led activities and access to the Wallaby Walk.

Cost per student to extend educator-led program: $8.30

An additional educator-led session replaces a teacher-led session.

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: $13.30

NOTE: all programs have a minimum charge of $220

All prices include GST

ADULT TO STUDENT RATIO

Foundation to Grade 2: 1 adult included free of charge for every 5 students

Carers and Aides (for people with physical or learning needs): 1 included per student

Extra adults over the above ratios: $13.30

RESOURCES

On the day, a Kangaroo Discovery Zone and Wallaby Walk info booklet will be provided to leading teachers and other supervising adults to assist them in facilitating these activities.

Digital copies of this resource can be found here: Guide to Wallaby Walk and Species Identification

ON THE DAY

30 minutes has been allocated for the arrival break. However, in order to start sessions at the scheduled time organising teachers should allow for the following procedures:

  • 5 minutes for alighting from buses, entry into the park, seating students and handing out recess.
  • 15 minutes for a snack (in which time students should visit bathrooms as necessary).
  • 5 minutes for arranging students into their classes/groups. If classes have been split please ensure this is arranged prior to arrival.
  • 5 minutes for leading education officers and teachers to discuss the sessions and receive their Teacher Resource Packs.