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Insects with Hort4Kidz – Schools

An exciting and hands on educational incursion that focuses on the importance of bees, worms and insects in the garden as well as how to improve soil.

Highlights

  • A fun, hands on, creative and practical incursion.
  • Presented by qualified Horticulturists.
  • Students will learn about the importance of bees and other insects and how to identify insects in the garden.
  • ‘Show and tell’ of worms with interesting facts.
  • All equipment included.
  • Themed incursions also available including recycling week, National Tree Day, Clean Up Australia Day, Earth Hour, Anzac Day and any other science or healthy eating initiatives.
  • Sessions can be structured to align with your school timetable.
  • Up to date Working with Children Check, Risk Assessment and Certificate of Currency provided.

Description

A vibrant experience that will have students popping up like flowers in springtime to be involved!

Students will:

  • discover basic plant requirements and how insects interact with plants;
  • discover ‘good’ insects vs ‘bad’ insects and how to identify the different types;
  • have a show and tell presentation with interesting facts on worms and how to improve soil; and
  • decorate their own biodegradable pot and choose an insect attracting seedling to plant.

The pots can be taken home or be left at the school as an ongoing project.

Curriculum & Syllabuses

Science and Technology

  • Learning information and theory behind their plants and what they need to survive and, then have the opportunity to apply practical learning through potting up a plant and taking it home to take care of it.

Human Society and its Environment

  • People and plants, relationships between plants and animals and their impact on earth systems.

Creative Arts

  • Creative ownership over their boxes and pots and freedom to decorate and personalise, or express visually some of the information they have learnt.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

  • Learning important health and safety of plants, soil and insects etc. Practical component, learning how to follow instructions and fine motor skills.

ASIA and Australia’s engagement with ASIA

  • Learn about plants from all over the world, considering the differences and similarities in climates to Australia.

Sustainability

Civics and Citizenship

  • Our responsibilities and roles as caretakers of the environment.

Difference and Diversity

  • Infinite diversity in nature, (plants and animals) and the positive benefits.

Work and Enterprise

  • Considering career / life path options involving the environment.

Facilitator Profile

Louisa started Mettamorphic Landscape Architecture in 2014, but knowing the ups and downs of design work, she was always looking to diversify the business.

Louisa met Kerrie, Director of Fun Day Out at a networking event in 2015, where the two discussed a need for an environmentally themed incursion to expand activity offerings on Fun Day Out.  Louisa thought it was something she would really love to try and they developed the pilot program and the rest, as they say is history – here they are, 5 years and many thousands of plants later with several different themes on offer and a growing team of green guardians who just love to spread their knowledge of sustainability, their connection to nature and the important role they play as caretakers of the planet.

Louisa is a qualified Horticulturist, a member of AIH (Australian Institute of Horticulture) and a registered landscape architect with AILA (Aust Institute of Landscape Architects.  Louisa has 10 years experience teaching children (swimming and horse riding).  All staff presenting workshops have WWCC, and experience / qualifications in horticulture / teaching or both.  All are passionate and patient and genuinely love connecting with the younger generation and making a difference.

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