All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the Australian curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our “Earth and Space” programs for years 3-6 have been specifically developed for this age group, and for a variety of learning abilities. Through our “Earth and Space” excursion, students gain an understanding of the earth’s place in our solar system. They also learn about the technology that has enabled mankind to walk on the moon and beyond. This experience can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
Primary teachers choosing to undertake one of our “Earth and Space” excursions have the option of an ‘Experiential’ field trip (usually Grades K/P-4) or a ‘Work-booklet’ based field trip (usually grades 5-6/7). Experiential field trips are less structured than work-booklet-based field trips and allow flexibility to follow the specific interests of a group. Work-booklet-based field trips allow for a methodical and structured investigation of the Earth and its position in our solar system. Our “Earth and Space” incursion option allows students who are unable to participate in a field trip (e.g. due to finances, proximity to an observatory, behaviour issues, etc.) to gain a basic understanding of the earth and its place in our solar system through a well-designed in-class presentation.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Earth and Space” excursion. All excursions packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.
|13:00||Tour group pick- Second Nature have a fleet of vehicles available to cater for any number of passengers (within reason). We can provide transport to and from schools and airports|
|13:45||Arrive at destination for Activity session 1 This activity involves a guided exploration of the displays (and possibly exhibits) available at your chosen observatory. Students will learn about the earth’s internal and atmospheric structure, and its position within our solar system.|
|15:15||Activity Session 2 Catch one of the awesome educational shows available at your chosen observatory. Many venues have theatres and/or skydomes for guest entertainment. This means that students can enjoy a unique, virtual experience of the space environment.|
|16:00||Activity Session 3 The students will continue their guided exploration of the displays, with the focus shifting this time to the incredible feats in technology that have allowed mankind to explore space. Some of these technologies will be available for students to view and interact with. This activity can also include a talk from an engineer (for NASA) or other space-related profession.|
|17:00||Activity Session 4 Stargazing on the lawn (or from the observatory). Second Nature can provide telescopes for optimised student viewing. Your guides will supply a commentary highlighting important constellations and other points of interest.|
|18:00||Depart destination, back to school or airport|
|18:45||Arrive back at institution or airport when required|