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Discovery Sessions and Curriculum Links

Stimulating the senses is the focus of our customised Kindy session as we explore colours, textures, smells and sounds of Australia’s unique animal kingdom. These 30-minute sessions will bring your Early Learners up close and personal with some of their favourite Australian animals. Sessions can also be customised to focus on specific topics of your choosing.

Backyard Explorers

Main themes: Habitats, adaptations and problem solving 

Lone Pine’s ‘Backyard Explorer’ creates a journey of discovery while introducing diets, habitats, adaptations and plenty of problem-solving. Students are challenged to use their new Backyard Explorer knowledge to piece together animal clues like scale sheds, footprints and food sources to learn which animals may be living in their backyards.

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Hatchers & Growers

Main themes: Life cycles

Explore the birth, growth and development of Australian wildlife by meeting a mixture of egg layers, marsupials and other live birth animals. How do these animals survive in the wild? Let’s discover the answers with hands-on experiences guided by Lone Pine’s resident ‘Hatcher and Grower’!

Curriculum Links:

ACSSU002, ACSSU004, ACSSU005, ACSHE013, ACSIS014, ACSIS011, ACSIS233, ACSIS012

ACSSU017 , ACSSU211, ACSHE021, ACSHE022, ACSIS024, ACSIS025, ACSIS027, ACSIS213, ACSIS029

Wildlife Scientists:

Main themes: Adaptations and early classification using body coverings

Join Lone Pine’s ‘Wildlife Scientist’ and explore early level classification using body coverings. With a mix of adaptations and a healthy dose of close encounters of the wild kind, students are inducted as Lone Pine’s newest Wildlife Scientists at the conclusion of this session.

Curriculum Links:

ACSSU002, ACSSU004, ACSSU005, ACSHE013, ACSIS014, ACSIS011, ACSIS233, ACSIS012

ACSSU017 , ACSSU211, ACSHE021, ACSHE022, ACSIS024, ACSIS025, ACSIS027, ACSIS213, ACSIS029

Backyard Explorers: 

Main themes: Habitats, adaptations, and problem solving 

Solve the mystery of what’s living in our backyards by piecing together clues animals leave us. Students work together in teams, investigating clues involving diets, habitats and adaptations to discover which animals may live in our backyards and how we can ensure our yards remain a safe haven for these species.

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Guardians of the Endangered:

Main themes: Threats facing wildlife and what we can do to help

Students are introduced to threatening issues facing Australian wildlife and tasked with uncovering ‘danger zones’. After exploring relevant artefacts and meeting ambassador animals, students are challenged to identify practical solutions to dangers in the form of daily actions.

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Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Biomes!:

Main themes: Australian biomes and animal adaptations

This game show-style session investigates the main biomes of Australia and introduces the fragile ecological links within these complex zones. Students work in teams to match native animals to the correct Australian biome.

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Australian Terrestrial Vertebrates- Classified!:

Main themes: Animal classification and taxonomy 

Students meet a mammal, reptile, bird and amphibian while investigating classification using body coverings and adaptations. Students also have the opportunity to practice their classification skills by exploring biofacts such as skulls, eggs, sheds, feathers and much more.

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Guardians of the Endangered:

Main themes:

Students are introduced to threatening issues facing Australian wildlife and tasked with uncovering ‘danger zones’. After exploring relevant artefacts and meeting ambassador animals, students are challenged to identify practical solutions to dangers in the form of daily actions.

Curriculum Links:

The Secret Life of Wildlife:

Main themes:

The natural world is certainly based on the survival of the fittest. Students explore adaptations used to maintain ecosystem balance. A common theme throughout this session is the human link. Humans are animals too and we are irrevocably connected to wildlife and their survival.

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Australian Terrestrial Vertebrates- Classified!:  

Students meet a mammal, reptile, bird and amphibian while investigating classification using body coverings and adaptations. Students also have the opportunity to practice their classification skills by exploring biofacts such as skulls, eggs, sheds, feathers and much more. 

Senior Secondary Curriculum Links: 

Biology Unit 1: Biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life

  • Biological classification is hierarchical and based on different levels of similarity of physical features, methods of reproduction and molecular sequences (ACSBL016)
  • Biological classification systems reflect evolutionary relatedness between groups of organisms (ACSBL017)

The Secret Life of Wildlife: 

The natural world is certainly based on the survival of the fittest. Students explore adaptations used to maintain ecosystem balance. A common theme throughout this session is the human link. Humans are animals too and we are irrevocably connected to wildlife and their survival. 

Senior Secondary Curriculum Links: 

Biology Unit 1: Biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life

  • Advances in science understanding in one field can influence other areas of science, technology and engineering (ACSBL010) 
  • Scientific knowledge can enable scientists to offer valid explanations and make reliable predictions (ACSBL013)
    • Scientific knowledge can be used to develop and evaluate projected economic, social and environmental impacts and to design action for sustainability (ACSBL014)
    • Ecosystems are diverse, composed of varied habitats and can be described in terms of their component species, species interactions and the abiotic factors that make up the environment (ACSBL019)
    • Relationships and interactions between species in ecosystems include predation, competition, symbiosis and disease (ACSBL020)
    • Human activities (for example, over-exploitation, habitat destruction, monocultures, pollution) can reduce biodiversity and can impact on the magnitude, duration and speed of ecosystem change (ACSBL028)
  • Ecosystems have carrying capacities that limit the number of organisms (within populations) they support and can be impacted by changes to abiotic and biotic factors, including climatic events (ACSBL025)

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