Forest Life: Year 3

Forest Life: Year 3

Overview

Forest LifeForest Life 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.

First students are armed with the knowledge of what living things they may find in the forest and how to collect them. They then 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 have the opportunity to classify insects based on their observable characteristics and then are challenged to construct our giant 3D insect puzzles.

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.

Forest Life 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

Science

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044).

Sustainability

  • All life forms, including human life, 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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