Stage 2

FACING FEARS – APPROPRIATE RESPONSE

PDHPE – Healthy, Safe and Active Lifestyles

This team building day takes students on a journey of facing fears. Whether it be the funnel web spider and discovering their behaviours and habitat on our bush adventure walk or dropping from the heights of our Giant Swing or climbing our ‘Vertical Challenge’, students will bond together as they face their fears together. They will learn the importance of support each other to overcome challenges and the art of problem solving to get out of danger in our initiative games session. This is a great day to overcome fears in a safe place, discover the leaders of the pack, work out social boundaries and develop group work skills.

FIRE: FRIEND OR FOE?

SCIENCE: Physical World & Living Worlds

A scientific day of fire exploration and team building experiences with our expert guides. Learn a variety of fire production and prevention methods both past and present. Experiment with friction, magnification and energy conversion. Take a bush walk to investigate evidence of past fire activity identifying potential causes and hazards. Look at the importance of fire for the Australian landscape and indigenous cultures. Learn the art of safe campfire building with vital bush fire awareness and prevention skills, and then try your hand at some camp cooking or fire art! Come ready for a day of exploring where you decide: Fire Friend or Foe?

LIVING WORLD: KOALAS

SCIENCE: Living Worlds – life cycles and human impact,

GEOGRAPHY: THE EARTH’S ENVIRONMENT – human interactions & management of places

Can we find Big Russ, one of our local Koalas? Find evidence of koala activity in the wild using basic mapping and GPS tracking techniques. Learn about classification and the features, life-cycle and habitat of these unique Australian animals. Develop an understanding of the importance of looking after the environment and reducing human impacts for koalas. Explore the features of places where Koalas live by sketching a koala habitat, identifying gum trees and discovering what koalas need for future survival. Even be part of our special koala conservation project by planting or re-generating our grey gum plantation to feed our local zoo koalas. Develop a Koala Plan of Management (KPoM) to help support Koala survival in the wild, not to mention the opportunity to experience the high top tree world of a koala in one of our exciting adventure activities “Koala – Leap of Faith” or “Koala Climb”.

INVERT INVESTIGATION

SCIENCE: Living Worlds – Life Cycles & features of living things.

Did you know invertebrates make up around 97 % of the animal kingdom? This jam packed day of inquiry is devoted to exploring the life cycles and features of these incredibly important critters. Bushwalk with our qualified guide to discover the brilliant world of and their relationship with other animals such as the koala. Examine invertebrate specimens by looking at the external features and using classification to understand their diversity. Hunt for invertebrates then examining specimens using magnification technologies, all whilst learning to observe and identify invertebrates in their habitat.  Conquer fear with knowledge and understanding of animals’ habitat and behaviour. Learn to identify deadly spiders and how to be safe around them and for an extra highlight to the day, try one of our fantastic adventure activities ‘Invert Climb’ (vertical climb) ‘Spider Swing’ (Giant Swing) or ‘Arachno – seil’ (Abseiling)

SUSTAINABLE HABITAT

SCIENCE: Living Worlds GEOGRAPHY: Earth’s Environment

A hands-on day of exploring natural environments and learning about the importance of habitat for animal survival. Students will become bush investigators, looking for animals by identifying the evidence they leave behind. They will experience the world through the eyes of an animal on one of our unique adventure activities – ‘Gilder Possum’ or ‘Flying Fox’. Together we will play games and explore the need for sustainability with the increase of urban sprawl.   They will work together to help animals regain habitat by constructing a nest box, re-generating an area of bush land and developing a plan for the placement of their habitat creations.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

SCIENCE: Living Worlds GEOGRAPHY: Earth’s Environment

Bring your gardening gear for a trip to the Chicken Coop! Learn about rotational gardening, water saving crop beds, preparing crop beds and how to round up the chickens. Learn handy tips for composting, egg collection and farming as a business. Discover ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost waste materials. Feed our resident Emus and find out their job in waste reduction and farming practices. Discuss indigenous farming practices and sustainability. Learn about protecting plants and animals from predators with our H2o skirmish rob the nest game. Prepare to get wet and don’t forget your change of clothes!!!

AUSTRALIAN COLONIES    

CROSS-CURRICULAR:                HISTORY First Contact

SCIENCE – Living Worlds

GEOGRAPHY – The Earth’s Environment

Experience the bush environment with a historical perspective. Take a walk back in time to explore local colonial and indigenous land usage. Learn about the impact of introduced vs native species and look for evidence of these species in the local bushland; identifying tracks, habitat, markings and skats.   Discuss differences between indigenous and colonial farming and sustainability practices. Learn about bush foods, shelter building, bush survival then use natural materials to sketch an artwork. Experience fire making the old fashioned way and even cook a damper !!!

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