Available late Term 4
Note: we can also facilitate a Bush craft alternative that addresses the same outcomes without referencing Christmas.
Science and technology – living world, Geography – people live in places
Students learn about Australia's unique animals through an Australian Christmas story, craft activities and music. Students participate in craft activities including decorating a calico bag and gift wrap. They learn and sing an Australian Christmas song and accompany it with bush instruments.
Each participating school receives a native plant to improve habitat in their school grounds.
75 minutes. Up to 3 sessions (one class each) per day.
All sessions must be held in the same room due to the large amount of equipment and set-up required. Room and supply requirements will be detailed on your booking sheet.
Key syllabus outcomes
- Students explore the characteristics, needs and uses of living things (STe-3LW-ST)
- Students identify places and develop an understanding of the importance of places to people (GEe-1)
- Students experiment with a range of media in selected forms (CA-VAES1.2)
- What do we notice about living things?
- How can we look after the places we live in?
Science and technology - Characteristics and basic needs of living things
- recognise that living things have basic needs including air, food and water (ACSSU002)
- compare the basic needs of some plants and animals
Geography – People live in places
- investigate the importance of places they live in and belong to, for example: (ACHGK002, ACHGK004)
- discussion of why places are special and how people care for them
- explanation of why people need to take care of places
Students listen to the text, Snowy’s Christmas by Sally Murphy and David Murphy.
Students are introduced to a range of native Australian animals through an interactive presentation and preserved animals. They consider ways to reduce waste during the holiday time before participating in hands-on craft activities.
Students rotate through a range of craft activities including: creating a calico gift bag using native animal stencils; decorating large pieces of paper (reused) to make gift wrap; and making a gift card.
Students sing an Australian Christmas song and accompany it with homemade bush instruments.
All students receive a Bush Christmas temporary tattoo and the school receives a native plant to improve native habitat on school grounds.