Early Years Learning Framework
Alongside our adventure packed wildlife encounters is an emphasis on the material that’s important for the development of each child and the outcomes they need to achieve. All our Educational Incursions presented to Early Learning Centres and Kindergartens are aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework (Department of Education and Training 2009) and have been crafted with a number of early learning and kinder educators. We align seamlessly with Outcomes 2 and 4 which involve children being strong contributors to the world, and confident and involved learners.
However, we don’t just utilise these outcomes within the wildlife encounter, we unlock the possibility for teachers and educators to discover almost all of the remaining outcomes after the show, through enquiry and investigation. Our educators are very aware of the framework which informs how are encounters are designed, and allow it to inform how we communicate with the children and how they learn through the wildlife, creating sessions that will truly expand their minds to the wonders of nature.
Discover the wonders of nature using all five senses with an interactive wildlife encounter from Wildlife Gone Walkabout. See your little learners take their first steps in discovering all the amazing wildlife that fills the Australian outback guided by our professional wildlife demonstrators.
Our Educational Incursions run for approximately 1 hour and include 8 native Australian animals that all your children can interact with. Our professional wildlife demonstrators will arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the encounter to set up the space. After an introduction by our team, we will introduce your children to the idea of wildlife and talk about the wildlife that they encounter everyday in their homes and at kinder. To follow on, we bring out each animal individually introducing the children to the animals unique way of living, and all of the amazing facts we know about them.
Throughout the presentation, our demonstrators will bring the animals around to children, letting them touch the wildlife. For those who are brave enough, there are many opportunities for them to come up and hold the wildlife creating a fun, tactile experience. Questions are encouraged throughout the presentation, and we try to answer as many as possible within the hour. At the conclusion of the encounter, we talk about some of the highlights of the show. To thank all the children for getting involved we provide a small gift of a bookmark and sticker to use at home and at kinder. After a short 15 minute pack down, our demonstrators will say goodbye and head back to the zoo.
To make certain that your incursion is both safe
and entertaining, we require the following:
An indoor space that is approximately 5m by 5m where the students can sit in a semicircle on the floor. A multiple purpose room or large classroom is perfect.
All students to wash their hands before and after the show.
Supervision by at least one educator throughout the presentation.
Parking provided at the venue as close to the presentation space as possible.
Access to the presentation space, uninterrupted by students for set-up and pack-up.
Completed Risk Assessment form which outlines our procedures when working with animals. This should be filled out via our website and sent to us 7 days prior to the incursion.
WHAT DO WE NEED?
Teacher Support Material
To support the topics covered in our incursion, we provide teaching resources to all early learning and kinder teachers at no extra cost. Designed in collaboration with early learning educators, our support material highlights the key topics covered in our show, and uses specific wildlife as micro case studies for the children to investigate. Rather than provide rigid worksheets that may hold back some children, we provide resource that you can explore with the children to then unlock and create hands-on activities.
Choose from our selection of packages to ensure you get the most out of your educational incursion. Each package is specifically crafted highlight the amazing features of our native fauna.
Maximum of 30* students per encounter
All prices exclude GST.
Prices correct as of 1 January 2020
*An additional cost of $10.00 will be charged per head above maximum.
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The ‘hands-on, minds-on’ approach to learning is fast becoming the new way of teaching in a variety of learning environments. It uses the idea that our ability to retain information is enhanced by our use of visual, spatial and tactile activities by activating multiple areas in the brain, thus creating multiple pathways of memory (Judy Dodge, 2009). This is an incredibly important style of teaching, particularly when engaging with children as their senses are a vital part of learning (Ben Mardell, PhD). As we move toward becoming sustainable and environmentally aware individuals, our understanding and respect for our world is crucial, and it all starts with our appreciation for nature.
Teaching children about the wonders of our planet and the living things that inhabit it can only be enhanced by having nature in the room! Our encounters engage your students on all three levels - verbal, visual and tactile, creating a holistic learning experience. Wildlife become learning tools, as the students use their senses to explore the wildlife they create strong, positive associations which will carry them through to adulthood. Being inspired by nature will create strong minded individuals who will protect and value our native species. The survival of our planet is a door, and our ‘hands-on, minds-on’ wildlife encounters are the key.