This programme immerses younger students in the wonders of nature in their local regional park. Students go bug hunting and make friends with a tree. Birds, plants and insects are brought to life through story telling and interactive activities.
|Year level:||New entrant–Year 2|
|Availability:||Predominantly in Terms One and Four|
|Times:||9.30am-11.45am or 12.15pm-2.30pm|
|Site:||Your local regional park: the Groynes, the Botanic Gardens, Halswell Quarry, Victoria Park, Spencer Park and Travis Wetland|
|Cost: || Free|
|Number of classes:||One at a time |
(one class = a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 30 students)
Interdependence of the birds, plants and animals, taking care of natural areas and personal responsibility for action.
Possible activities include making friends with a tree, going on an insect hunt, exploring the tree tops, playing a tumbling trees game and telling a story about saving a park. Activities will be adjusted according to your students' age, attention span and interest levels as well as the site chosen.
Possible success criteria
Students may be able to:
- Give at least one reason why this place is special for them.
- Name at least two of the plants, birds and/or insects that like to live in the park.
- Identify some places that different birds and/or insects live.
- Explain that living organisms need food, water and shelter to survive.
- State one thing that they can do to look after this environment.
Thinking - students will use creative, critical and metacognitive processes to make sense of their surroundings and the organisms living in their local park
Managing self - we aim to empower students to see themselves as capable learners by presenting them with engaging, interactive activities
Participating and contributing - students are invited to become involved in their local community by considering how they can take responsibility for local community areas.
"Great interaction with the children, both educators were fantastic and made the outing very exciting with their enthusiasm."
Teacher, Year 2
"The content was pitched perfectly for this age group. The paced moved well. The timing was just right."
Teacher, Year 2
"Some people saw worms and little spiders... It was fun. I was really, really happy."
Student, Year 2
Nature of science
- Investigating in science
- Communicating in science
- Participating and contributing
Planet Earth and beyond
- Understand how places in New Zealand are significant for individuals and groups
Personal health and physical development
Movement concepts and motor skills
- Positive attitudes/challenges and social and cultural factors
Relationships with other people
- Identity, sensitivity and respect
Healthy communities and environments
- Rights, responsibilities and laws/people and the environment