A Living Place: Years 1

A Living Place: Year 1


A living placeA Living Place is a whole day program immersing students in a scientific and sensory exploration of Toohey Forest. This program assists students to develop an appreciation of the importance of living and non-living things in a forest environment.

After learning about insect characteristics through a wonderful story, students embark on a sensory bushwalk and are encouraged to identify and observe external features and habitats of plants and animals. This is achieved by collecting a variety of invertebrates using collection jars and ‘Magic Eyes’ (magnifiers), examining insect habitats and observing characteristics of plants. Using a large digital microscope outputting to a 60-inch screen, students view and discuss the features of their insects in detail.

Students are given an opportunity to reflect on their experiences in the forest and discuss the importance of living and non-living things in a forest environment.

The program concludes with students getting up close and personal with live animals and discussing their observable external features. Animals include stick insects, turtles and a blue tongue lizard.

A Living Place has been assessed as medium risk. A Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment is available upon request. A student field booklet is provided to teachers upon confirmation of your booking.

Curriculum Intent


  • Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)
  • Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (ACSSU030)


  • Make observations about familiar places and pose questions about them (ACHGS001)


  • All life forms are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and survival (OI.2)
PDF versions of Program Guide & Program Itinerary


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