Forest Alive


The year 1/2 program provides students the opportunity to interact with their local forest and understand the importance of forest environments. While investigating the way living things grow and change students will identify the connections among living and non-living things in a forest.

This program also includes an incursion opportunity to extend your learning following the field experience.

Preparing for your trip

  •  What is the purpose of your field trip? We can develop your program to suit your learning objectives and meet your curriculum needs. Please let us know anyway we can adapt the program to suit your students’ interest and learning needs.
  • Please notify us about any student with special needs. We can adjust your program to ensure everyone is involved.
  • Take advantage of our bus subsidy and fill your bus. Why not take two classes? The FEF has two teachers so taking two groups is not a problem, depending on the program.
  • In order to make your excursion planning easier the FEF has developed a Risk Assessment Plan. This document is written by the qualified teachers of the FEF. For a copy of the risk assessment document click here.
  • Bring along parent helpers. Extra assistance is always appreciated. We will get any parent helpers actively involved in the program.
  • Organise your students into small groups 4-6 groups depending on the class size.
  • Ensure your students are supervised at all times.
  • Prepare for all-weather possibility. Ensure your student have warm clothes, comfy shoes and wet weather gear.

Have fun! The forest is an amazing place. Get involved and enjoy the adventure with your students.

The Year 1/2 program costs $150 per class. An invoice will be sent to the school following your excursion. School groups using externally hired transport may apply for a $100 bus subsidy.

Living or Non-living scavenger hunt: Explore your school for different objects. Encourage your students to sort, classify and explain their objects.

Key ideas to guide the exploration-

  • Does it grow and change?
  • Does it move by itself?
  • Does it reproduce?
  • Does it excrete?
  • Does it need air?

Guiding Questions:

  • What do living things need to survive?
  • How can you tell if something is living or non-living?
  • Do living things depend on non-living things for survival?
  • How might the living things in the forest be connected?
  • Imagine that you are a tree in a forest and write a story about the interesting things that happen to you and around you.
  • Create a forest diorama, remembering to include all the different features of the forest.
  • Think about the ways a tree helps to meet the needs of other living things in the forest.
  • Explore the parts of a tree and the role they play in helping a tree survive. Access the interactive here.

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