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 – features of 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 describe observable features of living things and their environments ST1-4LW-S
- Students describe features of places and the connections people have with places (GE1-1)
- Students identify ways in which people interact with and care for places (GE1-2)
- Students use the forms to make artworks according to varying requirements (CA-VAS1.2)
- What are the external features of living things?
- What are the features of, and activities in, places?
- How can we care for places?
Science and technology – External features of living things
- describe the external features of a variety of living things (ACSSU017)
- identify and group plants and animals using their external features
Geography – Features of places
- investigate features of places and how they can be cared for
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.