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Wombat Stew

Science and Technology – Living World

Program overview

Students go on a journey through the Royal National Park to make their own Wombat Stew by following the trail of some of the characters from the story. Through hands-on and sensory activities, students learn about the characteristic of living things and gain a respect for the natural world.


Royal National Park Environmental Education CentreBungoona Path and surrounds

Key syllabus outcomes

  • Students explore the characteristics, needs and uses of living things STe-3LW-ST
  • Students observe, question and collect data to communicate ideas STe-1WS-S
  • Students understand and respond to literature read to them ENE-UARL-01

Skills focus - working scientifically

Planning and conducting investigations

  • make observations using senses through participation in guided scientific investigations
  • record observations using drawings, simple digital recording methods, oral descriptions and/or simple visual representations (ACSIS011)


  • share observations and ideas based on guided investigations (ACSIS012)

Inquiry question

  • What do we notice about living things?


Characteristics and basic needs of living things


  • identify, name and describe a range of objects, characters, animals, people and places when given visual and/or auditory prompts ENG-VOCAB-01
  • use vocabulary that is specific to key learning area ENE-VOCAB-01
  • participate in guided investigations to identify living things and the external features of plants and animals in the local environment SciT   
  • communicate findings of observations of living things in their environment SciT   

Learning experiences


  • listen to the story Wombat Stew by Marcia Vaughan before learning the Wombat Wobble song and dance
  • meet the characters (preserved animals) from the story
  • participate in a bushwalk along Bungoona Path looking for characters from the story, stopping at the termite mound, scribbly gum tree, lizard lounge and the Bungoona lookout to look for evidence of living things
  • participate in sensory awareness activities on a bushwalk along Bungoona Path (e.g., magnifying glasses, invertebrate search, whiff cups for making stew, spy tubes, ephemeral art).