Living Connections

Beatle in jar

Program Overview

All living things are connected. This program allows students to examine the changes plants and animals undergo as they grow and discover their key features that help them survive in our fascinating world. Young learners will be engaged and inspired during these hands on, interactive activities.

This program can be tailored to suit different levels of understanding, from topic introduction through to topic consolidation.

Program Outline:

There are two options for this program. The 2 hour short program includes three activities listed below (selected upon booking). The 4 hour long program includes all five activities.

Video Microscope in ‘The Hollow’
Students closely examine the invertebrates they collected with the aid of a video microscope in our specialised room known as ‘The Hollow’.

Habitat Exploration
Investigate habitats available within the grounds of our Sustainability Centre; uncover and collect samples of the plants and animals present.

Life Cycles
Students will inspect the various stages of the life cycles of plants and animals and examine their importance within the habitat.

Compost Bin & Worms
Travel through our shrinking machine and immerse yourself in our compost bin and its wealth of invertebrates.

We’re ALL connected
Discover the relationship between flowering plants, garden invertebrates and birds through this drama based activity.

Both programs conclude with:

Call to Action
Students will derive actions they can take to ensure that gardens around their local community are protected for all native wildlife.

Restrictions: More than 4 classes can be accommodated by special request however this is only available during a 4 hour program.

Certificate and Conservation Code to reinforce learnings
Post event, schools will  be issued a Certificate of Participation and Conservation Code for each class which students are encouraged to sign and hang in the classroom as a reminder of their learnings and their commitment to protect the environment.

We encourage schools to connect with us a few weeks or months after school excursions to share behaviour changes made by the students or activities undertaken as a result of their learnings during their program so we can share success stories to inspire others, monitor the ongoing impact of our programs and make relevant updates or changes if required.

Victorian Curriculum Links:

SCIENCE: Science Understanding – Biological Science
– Living things have a variety of external features and live indifferent places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter are met (VCSSU042)
– Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)

GEOGRAPHY: Geographical Concepts & Skills / Data & Information
– Collect and record geographical data and information from the field and other sources (VCGGC060)

Geography: Geographical Knowledge – Places and our connections to them
– Reasons why some places are special and some places are important to people and how they can be looked after (VCGGK069)

The Victorian Curriculum F-10 content elements are © VCAA, reproduced by permission. Victorian Curriculum F-10 elements accurate at time of publication. The VCAA does not endorse or make any warranties regarding this resource. The Victorian Curriculum  F-10 and related content can be accessed directly at the VCAA website.

Program Details

Program LocationSustainability Education Centre Cheltenham
Max # of Groups (group max 30)4
Possible Start Times10am (9.40am arrival), 12.30pm (12.10pm arrival)
Grade LevelPrep - Year 2
Program Duration2 hours, 4 hours
Program TypeExcursion
Program ThemeBiodiversity, Human Impacts, Insects, Living things, Plants, Sustainability, Worms & Compost
Cost per group 2hr program - $360, 4hr program - $540