Ecosystem Explorers Excursion
Spend the day in your local forest and explore the relationships between living and non-living components of a forest ecosystem and how these are affected by the local environment. Examine the role of trees in a forest system as they grow and change. Investigate the life cycle of a tree and understand the factors that contribute to its growth and survival. Build a picture of the different ways that people interact with the forest and explore the complexities of the use and sustainable management of natural resources.
The Year 3/4 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 things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
- Students make observations and identify living things in the forest, based on their features.
- Students sort and classify living and non-living things in the forest.
Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072)
- Students investigate the life cycles of living things in forest environments.
- Students recognise different factors that may impact on the life cycles of forests, trees and the living things that live among them.
Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)
- Students identify the components of a forest ecosystem and the connections between living and non-living things.
- Students explore the roles and interactions of producers, consumers and decomposers in forest ecosystems.
Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE050/ACSHE061)
- Students make predictions about forest systems based on observations and new learning.
- Students explore and explain the patterns and relationships that make a healthy forest.
Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051/ACSHE062)
- Students identify the different ways people interact with forest landscapes.
- Students examine their role in the future of forest landscapes.
The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people (ACHASSK088)
- Students explore the role of forests from an environmental, social/cultural and economic perspective.
Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI054)
- Students annotate basic map to locate natural and man-made features of a site.
The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)
- Students explore the importance of sustainable management of forests.
- Students understand the role of forests and forest products as natural, renewable resources.
Design and Technology
Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs (ACTDEK010)
- Students explore the ways that people interact with forest landscapes and the implications for forest biodiversity.
- Students investigate the ways scientists research forest systems for sustainable forest management.
Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)
- Students explore our daily uses of forest products and how they are produced.
Investigate the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for a range of purposes (ACTDEK013)
- Students investigate forest products, their features and properties.
- Students examine the role of forest products in sustainable futures.