Day Visit Programs

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Wooglemai EEC specialises in curriculum based lessons that support classroom learning. Most of our lessons are able to be adapted for a range of student learning stages. Please ask our staff if you have a particular theme in mind.

Science
Aussie Bush Safari – from “Living World” Units, Australian Curriculum  

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Students will be involved in variety of hands-on, fun and engaging activities undertaken in the natural bushland around Wooglemai. They will participate in a ‘sensory walk’ in the beautiful Nattai National Park discovering some of the important parts of the forest and what makes it so special. Students will also explore our pond using dip-nets, find evidence of animals in the bush, examine features of some Australian animals (using a range of taxidermy animals) to learn about what plants and animals need to survive.

Curriculum Outcomes:

  • ST1-10LW – describes external features, changes in and growth of living things
  • ST1-11LW – describes ways that different places in the environment provide for the needs of living things.
Wooglemai EEC specialises in curriculum based lessons that support classroom learning. Most of our lessons are able to be adapted for a range of student learning stages.

Cross curricular
"Spring into sustainability"

Students will explore the local natural area and look at the sustainable lifestyle and practices of the traditional Aboriginal custodians. They will explore the effects of our increasing population and our consumer based lifestyle on the health of the planet. Students will be challenged to look at their own lifestyle and consider it's impact on our planet. They will engage in hands on activities like cooking using solar ovens and generating electricity using a wind turbine of their own design.

A wholistic unit designed to make us all improve our lifestyle!

Geography

NEW in 2017!!! – "Wally the Wombat’s Missing Diary"

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An exciting new program for Stage 2 Geography for the syllabus topic ‘Earth’s Environments’ with a focus on the local Eucalypt forest. It also strongly connects to the Science Living World content: ‘Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive.’  

In this program, students will embark on a journey through the forest looking for clues to help them find Wally the wombat’s missing diary. During their journey through the forest, students will uncover amazing aspects of the Eucalypt forest including evidence of animal life, an array of wild and interesting plants and a giant rock slide! Fieldwork activities will include sensory observation, invertebrate hunts and recording vegetation type and landforms through sketching, mapping, and water colour recordings. The program supports the Geography Teaching Framework: Natural Environments

Kids vs Wild

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Take a journey back in time to retrace the steps of Francis Barrallier in 1802 as he set off to explore the wilderness in an effort to cross the Great Dividing Range. Hear how he met the local Gundungurra people who shared with him some useful tips for survival in the wilderness. See if you can find all the clues that lead you to Barrallier's missing journal. Fieldwork activities will include map reading, identifying plant (and particularly bush tucker) species, ochre art and observations of the connected nature of living things in a forest.

"National Parks"

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In this program, students will embark on a journey through the Nattai National Park (a part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area) to observe it's natural beauty, amazing geology and abundant biodiversity. Students will experience some aspects of the lives of the traditional custodians of this area, the Gundungurra people. The will be aksed to present a brief report to their peers on why National Parks are important to our society. The program supports the Geography Teaching Framework: Natural Environments.  It also strongly connects to the Science Living World content: ‘Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive.’  

Science
A Bug’s Life – from “Living World” Units, Australian Curriculum

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Students will go on an exciting bushwalk where they will explore and observe the amazing diversity of ‘mini-beasts’. Students will observe a range “minibeast” homes, use equipment (such as catching cubes, dip nets and stereo microscopes) to capture, observe and study these important animals. Students will learn about life-cycles, how some animals adapt to survive in the Australian bush and how living things depend on each other for survival. Students can also design and create their own “mini-beast” using synthetic materials.

    Wooglemai EEC specialises in curriculum based lessons that support classroom learning. Most of our lessons are able to be adapted for a range of student learning stages.

    Cross curricular
    "Spring into sustainability"

    Click here for full details of this program.

    Students will explore the local natural area and look at the sustainable lifestyle and practices of the traditional Aboriginal custodians. They will explore the effects of our increasing population and our consumer based lifestyle on the health of the planet. Students will be challenged to look at their own lifestyle and consider it's impact on our planet. They will engage in hands on activities like cooking using solar ovens and generating electricity using a wind turbine of their own design.

    A wholistic unit designed to make us all improve our lifestyle!!

    History
    Explorers – from ‘First Contacts’ Unit, Australian Curriculum

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    Students will be involved in a re-enactment of an 1800's explorers journey. They will select provisions and undertake challenges including navigation, moving through bushland, team work challenges, setting up a shelter/ campsite, fire making and bush cooking.

    Curriculum Outcomes:

    • HT3-1 – describes and explains the significance of people, groups places and events to the development of Australia
    • HT3-2 – describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time
    • HT3-3 – identifies change and continuity and describes the causes and effects of of change on Australian society
    • HT3-5 – applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication

    Science
    Survivor – The Australian Bush – from “Living World” Units, Australian Curriculum

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    Take a deeper look into stunning Nattai National Park and explore the harsh nature of the Australian bush. How do our plants and animals survive here? The day features an extended bushwalk where students use of scientific tools to observe environmental variables (light, temperature, humidity, wind speed, slope, etc.) Students learn about how some local plants and animals interact with the non-living environment and how adaptations allow them to survive.

    Curriculum Outcomes:

    • ST3-10LW – describes how structural features and other adaptations of living things help them to survive in their environmentST3-11LW – describes some physical conditions of the environment and how these affect the growth and survival of living things
    Wooglemai EEC specialises in curriculum based lessons that support classroom learning. Most of our lessons are able to be adapted for a range of student learning stages.

    Cross curricular
    "Spring into sustainability"

    Click here for full details of this program.

    Students will explore the local natural area and look at the sustainable lifestyle and practices of the traditional Aboriginal custodians. They will explore the effects of our increasing population and our consumer based lifestyle on the health of the planet. Students will be challenged to look at their own lifestyle and consider it's impact on our planet. They will engage in hands on activities like cooking using solar ovens and generating electricity using a wind turbine of their own design.

    A wholistic unit designed to make us all improve our lifestyle!!

    Geography
    The importance of National Parks/ Human Impact

    Students investigate the physical nature of Nattai National Park, a part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage listed area. They will perform a quadrat study using a range of equipment to measure abiotic variables. They will learn about the importance of this National Park as well as investigate how human impact has caused a number of species to become threatened. They will also be involved in an interactive learning experience with our collection of taxidermy species.

    Stage 4 Geography Outcomes:

    • 4.1 – identifies and gathers geographical information
    • 4.6 – identifies and discusses geographical issues from a range of perspectives
    • 4.7 – describes the geographical processes that form and transform environments 4.8-describes the interrelationships between people and environments
    Wooglemai EEC specialises in curriculum based lessons that support classroom learning. Most of our lessons are able to be adapted for a range of student learning stages.

    Geography
    Unique Australia

    Students perform an in depth study of the Eucalyptus forest within Nattai National Park and identify features that make it unique. Students will also undertake a quadrat study and use a range of scientific tools to measure abiotic variables and observe the features of the environment. Students learn about specific plant and animal adaptations to this unique environment. They will also be involved in an interactive learning experience with our collection of taxidermy species.

    Stage 5 Geography Outcomes:

    • 5.1 – identifies, gathers and evaluates geographical information
    • 5.2 – analyses, organises and synthesises geographical information
    • 5.4 – selects and applies appropriate geographical tools
    • 5.6 – explains the geographical processes that form and transform Australian environments
    Wooglemai EEC specialises in curriculum based lessons that support classroom learning. Most of our lessons are able to be adapted for a range of student learning stages.

    Biology
    A Local Ecosystem Study (single day excursion)

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    Students perform an in-depth investigation into the nature of ecosystems by performing the mandatory fieldwork component of their syllabus. Students learn about sampling methods and perform both a quadrat and transect study. During these scientific studies students will learn to use a range of scientific equipment to measure, observe, identify and report on biotic and abiotic factors that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms within the environment.

    Students will also estimate the size of a plant population and look at some trophic relationships within the eco-system.

    A Local Ecosystem Study (two day/overnight excursion)

    DAY 1

    Students perform an in-depth investigation into the nature of ecosystems by performing the mandatory fieldwork component of their syllabus. Students learn about sampling methods and perform both a quadrat and transect study. During these scientific studies students will learn to use a range of scientific equipment to measure, observe, identify and report on biotic and abiotic factors that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms within the environment.

    Students will also estimate the size of a plant population and use Elliot traps to actively undertake capture-recapture study methodology.

    DAY 2

    Students check set traps to determine the diversity of small local mammal species (generally we capture Antechinus, Rattus and Sugar Gliders). We will take a close look at these animals and discuss some of the adaptations they have to survive in the unique environment before releasing them back into the bush.

    Students identify and study examples of allelopathy, parasitism, mutualism and commensalism within an ecosystem and the role of organisms in each type of relationship. Students also identify some adaptations of living things by performing a case study of one local animal and plant species. There will also be opportunity to identify human impacts within the ecosystem.