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Students will explore three different ecosystems and compare the features and adaptations that enable the living things to survive where they do. The importance of sustainable use of environments and Aboriginal land management practices will be examined. Students will also be learning through play with active games about adaptations and survival.
It is recommended that this program be undertaken on a low tide day to enable the students to observe the crabs. Please ask our staff when you are making a booking.
How do physical conditions affect the survival of living things?
How do the structural and behavioural features of living things support survival?
NOTE :Students will be supplied with a field journal to record information on the day. This can then be used to facilitate further discussion and work back at school.
Students will visit the mangrove forest to learn about the physical conditions of the mangrove ecosystem before investigating the adaptations the plants have to survive in the wet, saline conditions.
On low tide days, the students will be able to observe crabs that live on the mudflats to determine their structural and behavioural features.
During a bush walk, the students will consider the physical conditions of the dry sclerophyll forest leading to a discussion about the adaptations of plants and animals, particularly to bushfires.
Students will contrast the physical conditions of the rainforest to the other two ecosystems. Students will focus on the Powerful Owl and its adaptations for surviving in this environment. This will include an animal forms activity, enabling students to empathise with the animal and how it lives in this environment.
Students will further develop their understanding of adaptations through game play that focuses on the interactions between organisms and the environment.
This program is offered at the following locations. Click on an image to find out more.
NOTE: Variations to timetable based on specific location
|Time||Classes A,B||Classes C,D|
Acknowledgement of Country
Welcome, overview of the day
|10.30am||Mangrove Investigation||Predator/Prey Game|
Dry Forest Investigation
Dry Forest Investigation
|2.00pm||Conclusion and depart|
|Excursion locations||Bobbin Head|
|Bus access map||
Map for access to venue will be sent with the confirmation
Please ensure you print a copy and provide to the bus driver on the morning of the excursion.
2023 DoE $15 per student - GST free
2023 Non-gov school cost $25 per student - GST free, minimum charge $575 per class.
NOTE: National Parks entry is $1.10 per student in addition
|Class numbers and size||
Up to 4 classes
Max. 30 students per class
|Social Stories||Bobbin Head|
||Student activities (coming soon)|
|What to bring||
Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes, mask.
Students wear sports uniform.
||On days where the weather is unsuitable (see risk assessment), a Gibberagong staff member will contact the organising teacher to discuss alternative arrangments.|
||Notify Gibberagong EEC by completing and returning the medical form before the excursion. This form will be sent out upon confirmation of booking.|
> examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things ST3-4LW-S
Growth and survival of living things
Adaptations of living things
- salt on mangrove leaves
- large eyes of owls
- eyes of crabs
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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