Activity Introduction

gum-leaves-bidiversity-hero-260x300Quick summary: This activity is designed for foundation year students to become familiar with their school ground using 10 structured activities. They will explore different aspects of their school ground that encompass many concepts they are developing. Teachers will find that some of their students’ school ground issues may crop up while outdoors which can then be addressed. 

Learning goals:

  • The environment can be explored and described.
  • A range of senses can be used to explore the environment.
  • Students need to look after their school ground.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.2.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Foundation Science

  • Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002)
  • Daily and seasonal changes in our environment, including the weather, affect everyday life (ACSSU004)
  • Science involves exploring and observing the world using the senses (ACSHE013)
  • Explore and make observations by using the senses (ACSIS011)
  • Share observations and ideas (ACSIS012)

Syllabus outcomesSTe-4WS, STe-8NE, STe-7NE.

Topic: Biodiversity.

Time required: Duration of activity at teachers discretion.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – lead students in activities.

Resources required: Art and writing materials.

Digital technology opportunities: N/A.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Keywords: Nature, environment, biodiversity, school, animals, birds, plants.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

birdTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: By participating in this activity students will understand that the environment can be explored and described. They will use a range of senses to explore the environment and will understand that they need to help look after their school grounds.

Teacher content information: This set of 10 activities is designed to be done over 10 days to help foundation year students become familiar with their school outdoor environment. Each activity focuses on discovering one aspect of their school ground. Students will become more familiar with the school ground and find it easier to discuss the school ground as they do more activities later in the year.

Teachers should take the opportunity to find out if there are any unexpected responses from students during these activities. For example teachers may discover that a student is having some problems in the school ground.

The outdoor activity will take 10 to 15 minutes outdoors followed by 10 to 15 m

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