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Year 4 - Nemo-nurturers

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​​​​​The Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre boasts a beautiful reef aquarium with a focus on clownfish. Nemo Nurturers brings the reef to the Centre and provides a great opportunity for students to engage in.

The program is d​ivided into two hands-on, student cent​red sessions.  

Session 1 – The students are called upon to assist the Principal with his presentation on the lifecycle of Clownfish. Students observe the various reef tanks and spy Nemo, Dory and other friends from the reef.  Students also engage in a virtual tour of the reef using VR goggles and screen-print a reusable calico bag to send a sustainable message.

Session 2 - Students are provided with hands on opportunities to discover the secret life of plankton and help the lost plankton find out what species he is.  Using a variety of microscopes and other tools, students identify and interact with the most important organism in the world.  Students are then involved in a STEM challenge to construct models of zooplankton and phytoplankton and how they sit in the water column. 

Curriculum intent

Science

Science understanding

Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072).

Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073) 

Science as a Human Endeavour

Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships (ACSHE061).

Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE062).

Science inquiry s​​kills

With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on prior knowledge (ACSIS064).

With guidance, plan and conduct scientific investigations to find answers to questions, considering the safe use of appropriate materials and equipment (ACSIS065).

Consider the elements of fair tests and use formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate, to make and record observations accurately (ACSIS066)

General capabilities

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability.

Cross-curriculum priorities

  • Sustainability​.
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Last reviewed 04 September 2021
Last updated 04 September 2021