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Years 5 and 6 Programs

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At the Botanic Garden we want to give students the chance to embrace the beauty and diversity of the Garden. We also understand older students are starting to develop wider, and more advanced skills and knowledge of the environment.

The activities at the Discovery Centre do cater to this higher level of learning and are linked to the Sustainability Curriculum Framework (2010) and the NSW Board of Studies syllabus outcomes.

The activities and lessons that are delivered to year K-4 can also be used for years 5-6 but tailored to an older audience.

During the day of your visit there will be the option to undertake two of the following activities beginning at 10am and finishing at 2pm. The stage 5-6 programs will be run throughout the teaching year.

Program structure: 2 hour sessions

Class Size will be limited for certain activities ​due to safety considerations and staffing resources. Up to 35 students for years 5-6 for each Discovery Centre staff member (please inquire about staffing availability for the selected day of your excursion)

Aboriginal Perspectives in the Bush Tucker Garden - Dreamtime Legend

Learn about traditional communication, while taking part in an interactive and colourful Dreamtime story.

Curriculum Link - Human Societies and their Environments; Aboriginal Studies

Aboriginal Perspectives in the Bush Tucker Garden - Indigenous plant use

Explore the bush tucker garden to learn about native plants and their traditional Aboriginal uses in bush medicine and tucker. This is an interactive session where children are able to taste, smell, touch and experience the garden.

Curriculum Link - Human Societies and their Environments; Aboriginal Studies

Aboriginal Perspectives in the Bush Tucker Garden - Traditional shelter building:

Work in teams to build traditional Aboriginal gunyas. This interactive session involves hands-on team-building activities, as children work as one to learn and build their shelter.

Curriculum Link - Human Societies and their Environments; Aboriginal Studies

Big Garden Adventure Walk

Living things and environmental matters.  Explore the Botanic Garden with the help of the Garden staff. This walk can be catered to link in with the other activities completed during the day.

Curriculum Link - Science, Human Societies and their Environments

Captain Compost

Create compost in your backyard or at school with the help of the Captain.

Curriculum Link - Human Societies and their Environments

Growing Plants from Plants

Exploring various ways to propagate plants from cuttings, division and grafting.

Curriculum Link - Human Societies and their Environments

Homes for Plants

Environmental Matters and an Ancient World. Children explore a number of “Habitats or homes for plants and animals”, in forests, wet lands and dry lands.

Curriculum Link – Science

Jewels of the Rainforest

Discover the diverse stories of the importance of the rainforest, the amazing plant adaptations and learn about conservation efforts, and how we can help protect these unique environments.

Curriculum Link - Science, Geography

Plant Adaptations

Change for the better and light up my life. An exploration of some very unusual adaptations of plants that can be seen in their particular natural habitats.

Curriculum Link - Science & History

No Dig Gardening with Ester Dean

Living things and environmental matters.  Learn to grow vegetables in a no-dig garden with the help of the scarecrows.

Curriculum Link - Human Societies and their Environments

Packaging vs. the Environment

In a world that is being inundated by overuse and excessive packaging, this interactive games allows students to discover the problems with trying to find the balance between the economy and the environment.

Curriculum Link -  Human Societies and their Environments

Recycling - Get it Sorted

This session shows the students what happens to all the items that go into the Recycling Bin.  Through fun discussion the students will know what to recycle and what end products come out of this important part of the waste system.

Curriculum Link - Human Societies and their Environments

Story Threads

Revisit the past and uncover the history of waste and recycling with this interactive role play activity. Students act out the roles of local school children from 1947, and discover the evolution and future of human waste problems.

Curriculum Link - Human Societies and their Environments

Spaceship Earth

This interactive activity gives a different perspective of the earth we share as students 'view' planet earth from a spaceship, which depends on its well-maintained systems.

Curriculum Link - Human Societies and their Environments

The Ghost of Courtney Puckey

Have you ever wanted to meet an important ghost? Now's your chance. Courtney Puckey, the original owner of Puckey's Estate in the early part of the 20th Century, is ready to share his memories about his wonderful salt-making experiments at Puckey's and his memoirs of his life in historic Wollongong. Explore local history and uncover the importance of conserving our heritage.

Curriculum Link - Human Societies and their Environments; History

Water Bug Detectives

Looking at the lifecycles of mini-beast in the freshwater aquatic environment, determining pollution indicators by the presence of certain species, and key components of the food chain.

Curriculum Link – Science

Understanding our Changing Climate

Clima​te change can be a daunting topic for students. The Discovery Centre Team will introduce the dynamics of our changing climate through e​xplorations of the different types of vegetation through the garden and how the climate influences them.

Curriculum Link - Science, Human Societies and the Environments

 

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