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WILD Discovery Class

An exciting interactive WILD Discovery Class and guided lesson for schools visiting WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.



WILD Discovery Zone

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo offers hands-on, interactive, curriculum based, guided lessons for all students from Early Stage 1 to Stage 6.

This 45 minute learning engagement program offers students an opportunity to get an up close, hands on, interactive experience with Australian wildlife. Meet live birds, snakes, lizards, spiders, and insects and explore our extensive animal artefact collection which is hundreds of items strong. Students can use various microscopes, magnifiers and other technology in our WILD Science Lab and explore our exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Keeper area. 

Time Available:

The WILD Discovery Class is available at 10:00am during the school term.

Group Size:

The WILD Discovery Class can cater to school groups of up to 120 students.

Price:

$15 per student - just $4 more than our standard self-guided schools offering of $11! 

Our experienced educators have designed lessons specifically for each year group based on Australian Curriculum Standards. Throughout the booking process, teachers are given the opportunity to provide the booking agents with information on the content their classes are currently studying, allowing us to adapt the class for the students attending.   

Guided by our team of Presentation Keepers, teachers can rest assured that their students will gain an educational Australian animal experience like no other! 

Click on the boxes to expand the learning outcomes explored by the WILD Discovery Class. 

Early Stage 1 - Kindergarten

Living things have basic needs, including food and water

Students...

  • Describe what plants and animals need to stay alive and healthy.
  • Identify the needs of a variety of living things in a range of situations
  • Identify how plants and animals respond to changes in the environment
Stage 1 - Year 1 and 2

Living things have a variety of external features

Living things live in different places where their needs are met

Students...

  • Describe some external features of a variety of things, including plants and animals.
  • Explore the needs of a plant or animal in its environment.
  • Describe how different environments provide for the needs of the animals or plants that live there. 

 

Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves

Students...

  • Observe and record some of the changes a common plant or animal will show throughout its life
  • Compare the appearance of adult living things with their offspring
Stage 2 - Year 3 and 4

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

Students...

  • Sort objects according to whether they are living or non-living.
  • Identify some features of living things that dinstinguish them from non-living things.
  • Identify and use patterns in the observable features of living things to group them. 

Living things have life cycles 

Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive

Students.. 

  • Observe an animal or plant at different stages of its its life cycle. 
  • Identify ways in which the environment can affect the life cycle of plants and animals. 
  • Identify some factors in the local environment that are needed by plants and animals for survival. 
  • Outline the relationship between plants and animals, including that plants are able to use light to make food, while animals must eat plants and other animals to obtain food. 
  • Gather information about some relationships between living things.
  • Investigate the role of living things in a habitat.
  • Predict the effect of natural changes in the environment on some relationships between plants and animals. 
Stage 3 - Year 5 and 6

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment

Students...

  • Observe and descripe the structural features of some native Australian animals and plants.
  • Research the conditions needed for a particular plant to grow and survive in its environment. 

The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment

Students...

  • Identify some physical conditions of a local environment. 
  • Make predictions about how changing the physical conditions of the environment impacts on the growth and survival of living things.
Stage 4 - Year 7 and 8

There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity

Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food webs; human activity can affect these interactions

Students: 

  • Identify reasons for classifying living things.
  • Classify a variety of living things based on similarities and differences in structural features. 
  • Use simple keys to identify a range of plants and animals.
  • Outline the structural features used to group living things, including plants, animals, fungi and bacteria. 
  • Explain how the features of some Australian plants and animals are adaptations for survival and reproduction in their environment. 
  • Identify the features of food webs and food chains and how human activity can affect these interactions. 
  • Construct and interpret food chains and food webs, using examples from Australian ecosystems.
  • Describe interactions between organisms in food chains and food webs, including producers, consumers and decomposers. 
  • Describe examples of beneficial and harmful effects that micro-organisms can have on living things and the environment. 
  • Predict how human activities can affect interactions in food chains and food webs using examples from Australian land ecosystems. 
Stage 5 - Year 9 and 10

Multi-cellular organisms rely or coordinated and interdependent internal systems to respond to changes to their environment. 

Ecosystems consist of communities of indertependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems

Students...

  • Observe and describe some examples of how multicellular organisms respond to changes in their environment.
  • Describe how coordinated function of internal systems in multicellular organisms provides cells with the requirements for life, including gases, nutrients and water, and removes cell wastes.
  • Describe how energy flows through ecosystems, including input and output through food webs. 
  • Analyse how changes in some biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem affect populations and/or communities
  • Evaluate some examples in ecosystems, of strategies used to balance conserving, protecting and maintaining the quality and sustainability of the environment with human activities and needs. 


Booking Information

Call or email us for more information or to make a booking

TELEPHONE: 1-800-206-158

EMAIL: EDUCATION@MERLINENTERTAINMENTS.COM.AU

 

Alternatively you can book online with our online booking form. 

Remember, you can also combine your visit to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo with SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower Eye, Madame Tussauds Sydney and/or Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

 

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