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Schoolyard Safari

Science and Technology: Living World



Commencing with a short presentation about invertebrate features, the students will then become invertebrate investigators as they search the school for creatures big and small. Once found, the students will examine and identify what they have found using magnifiers and ID charts.

By participating in these nature based activities the students will connect to the natural world whilst learning about their local school environment.

Inquiry questions

What features do invertebrates have?

What invertebrates can be found in your school?

Where can different invertebrates be found?

Learning activities

Invertebrates features

The program commences with a short presentation about the different types of invertebrates, their features, where they live, and the amazing reproductive behaviour of these insects. The students will also meet a live leaf insect (Phasmid).

Invertebrate hunt

Students will work in groups to search for invertebrates in trees, leaf litter and gardens around the school. The collected invertebrates will be examined using magnifiers and identified using ID charts.

Collected specimens study

Students will brings some of the invertebrates that they collected into the classroom and they will be magnified onto a IWB for the class to view and discuss.

During this time, students will also be able to examine a variety of sample invertebrates in perspex to explore the similarities and differences between invertebrates.

Sample Timetable

NOTE: Gibberagong staff can work within established school times on the day. Please contact the Centre to disucss.



9.30am - 11.00am Class A
11.30am-1.00pm Class B
1.30pm - 3.00m Class C

Teacher Information

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Your school


2024 DoE $15 per student - GST free

2024 Non-gov school cost $20 per student - GST free, minimum charge $600 per class. 

Risk Assessments

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Please provide one learning space/classroom for all participating classes for the duration of the day. 

Please ensure the space has a smart board

What to bring

Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes, mask.

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.

Adverse weather

On days where the weather is unsuitable (see risk assessment), a Gibberagong staff member will contact the organising teacher to discuss alternative arrangments.

Medical notifications

Notify Gibberagong EEC by completing and returning the medical form before the incursion. This form will be sent out upon confirmation of booking.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus 


A student:

> observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas ST1-1WS-S

> describes observable features of living things and their environment ST1-4LW-S


External features of living things


  • Describe the external features of a variety of living things (ACSSU017)
  • Identify and group plants and animals using their external features

Living things live in different places


  • Identify that living things live in different places that suit their needs (ACSSU211)

Features of places


  • investigate features of places and how they can be cared for, for example: (ACHGK005)

    - description of the natural and human features of places

    - consideration of how a place can be cared for


Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2017

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