Program

We offer seven lessons

Early Childhood and Stage One:

  • Energy: Hello Sun (1/2 day program)
  • Water: Sounds like Water (1/2 day program)
  • Biodiversity: Where Does Our Food Come From? (full day program).

Stage Two:

  • Water: Water our Resource (1/2 day program)
  • Biodiversity: The Life Around us and Where Does Our Food Come From? (full day program)
  • Biodiversity: Where Does Our Food Come From? (full day program)

Stage Three:

  • Energy: Electricity Rocks (full day program)
  • Biodiversity: Where Does Our Food Come From?
  • Biodiversity: Living World of Seeds (full day programs).

School visits are offered as full or half-day lessons on Tuesday or Fridays for up to 2 classes.

2015 school excursion

Early Childhood and Stage One

Experience our Sounds Like Water and Hello Sun lessons to discover more about water, energy and light in our fun-filled sensory lessons. Choose to do either one or both lessons on the same day.

Energy: Hello Sun

A sensory experience where students discover and experience light and shade. They will find out how we can use sunlight to make energy. Students will explore the garden to see how light affects plants. They plant sun-loving vegie seeds and discover energy saving devices at the Randwick Sustainability Hub.

Through storytelling, games and demonstrations, students learn about the sun, light and shade and how these relate to plants, solar energy and cameras.  Students will understand how they can make energy saving improvements at home and at school and appreciate the sun's role in our world.

Note: This can be a half day program or combined with the Sounds Like Water lesson as a full day program. The lesson is also suitable for preschool and early stage one students.

Water: Sounds like Water

A sensory experience where students are introduced to the topic of water. They participate in learning about water sounds in the Permaculture Garden's Water Wise Trail.  In this interactive activity, students have fun with water and participate in our water orchestra. They learn the importance of water to their life and how to save water at home.

Note: This can be a half day program or combined with the Hello Sun lesson as a full day program. The lesson is also suitable for preschool and early stage one students.

Curriculum links:
NSW Curriculums
  • Science and Technology — Identifies and describes different ways some forms of energy are used in the community. A considerable proportion of human activity depends on light and sound and their characteristics.
Australian Science Curriculum
  • Year 1 Physical Sciences — light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed.

Biodiversity: Where Does Our Food Come From?

With the ability to ask important questions about the food children eat we can help them make wise food choices that benefit their health, our farmers and our farm and natural environments. That’s why we have a new lesson for your students in our school excursions program — ‘Where does our food come from?’.

Students will uncover the mystery of where our food comes from by learning how to be smart food shoppers. They will learn about packaging, transportation and the water used to make our food and get it into our shops.

Students will also learn about the practical skill of growing their own food. They will investigate and learn about where to place the garden and what to plant in season. Students will learn, once the garden has been started, how to maintain it, manage insect pests and to improve the soil with composting and mulching.

Note: This is a full day program

Stage Two

Water: Water our Resource

Come and experience the Water Our Resource lesson to discover more about water, its importance and how to conserve it.

Students will take on the role of detectives to uncover a number of water mysteries such has how a rain garden works, how to keep a rainwater tank clean, how to create waterwise gardens and kitchens, how to use rainwater in the toilets and how water is used to make our food.

They will investigate and learn more about water saving devices and strategies while exploring the Water Wise Trail demonstrations at the Randwick Sustainabilty Hub.

Curriculum links:
NSW Curriculum
  • Human Society and Its Environment —understanding the relationship between environments and people Science and Technology — identify and describe ways in which people and other living things depend on the earth and its environments.
Australian Science Curriculum
  • Year 2 Earth and Space Sciences — earth's resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways.

Note: This is a half day program.

Biodiversity: The Life around us

We’ll find out about the life cycle of worms and their role as decomposers. We demonstrate how to set up a worm farm to turn our food waste into garden fertiliser.

At our new pond on our habitat trail, we’ll identify and document pond life. There, we’ll learn how rocks, logs and fallen branches can be used to make wildlife habitat.

In the Randwick Environment Park we’ll view the remnant Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub and learn how what we do in our homes can effect the survival of living things and investigate how this is being addressed.

Curriculum links:
NSW Science Syllabus K-10 (incorporating Science and Technology K-6)
  • describes that living things have life cycles, can be distinguished from non-living things and grouped, based on their observable features ST2-10LW
  • describes ways that science knowledge helps people understand the effect of their actions on the environment and on the survival of living things ST2-11LW.

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things. (ACSSU044)

  • describes how people interact within built environments.

Note: This is a full day program

Biodiversity: Where Does Our Food Come From?

With the ability to ask important questions about the food children eat we can help them make wise food choices that benefit their health, our farmers and our farm and natural environments. That’s why we have a new lesson for your students in our school excursions program — ‘Where does our food come from?’.

Students will uncover the mystery of where our food comes from by learning how to be smart food shoppers. They will learn about packaging, transportation and the water used to make our food and get it into our shops.

Students will also learn about the practical skill of growing their own food. They will investigate and learn about where to place the garden and what to plant in season. Students will learn, once the garden has been started, how to maintain it, manage insect pests and to improve the soil with composting and mulching.

Note: This is a full day program

Stage Three

These are a full day programs starting at 10:30 and finishing at 2:30 with ½ hour for lunch.

Energy: Electricity Rocks

Come and get practical in our Electricity Rocks lesson and learn how to make an electrical circuit and switches and check for conductivity of materials.  This lesson will explore the technologies and the mysteries of wind and water turbines and solar panels. We will explore how to assess our energy use in the home and at school using simple testing kits.

Curriculum links:
Australian Science Curriculum
  • Year 6 Physical Sciences — electrical circuits provide a means of transferring and transforming electricity. Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity.

Note: This is a full day program which is only available on Tuesday or Friday for up to 2 classes.

Biodiversity: Where Does Our Food Come From?

With the ability to ask important questions about the food children eat we can help them make wise food choices that benefit their health, our farmers and our farm and natural environments. That’s why we have a new lesson for your students in our school excursions program — ‘Where does our food come from?’.

Students will uncover the mystery of where our food comes from by learning how to be smart food shoppers. They will learn about packaging, transportation and the water used to make our food and get it into our shops.

Students will also learn about the practical skill of growing their own food. They will investigate and learn about where to place the garden and what to plant in season. Students will learn, once the garden has been started, how to maintain it, manage insect pests and to improve the soil with composting and mulching.

Biodiversity: Living World of Seeds

We explore the environment at the Randwick Environment Park and learn of ways that plants have adapted over time to cope with the hot, dry and windy conditions. We also investigate how we have adapted the local environment to grow organic food for people.

Science skills learned include conducting fair tests related to seed germination, making predictions and measuring data.

We will prepare seeds for germination using both wet and dry techniques.

NSW Science Syllabus K-10 — Stage 3
  • students describe how structural features and other adaptations of living things help them to survive in their environment ST3-10LW
  • students describe some physical conditions of their environment and how these affect the growth and survival of living things ST3-11W
  • students investigate by posing questions, including testable questions, making predictions and gathering data to draw evidence-based conclusions and develop explanations ST3-4WS
  • Australian Science Syllabus — ACSSU043 — ACSSU094
  • NSW Mathematics — Computes, orders and calculate with fractions, decimals and percentages MA3-7NA.
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