Wild Planet exhibition
Wild Planet exhibition. Photos from April 2022 Image: Natalia Mroz
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About the program

Connect your classroom with the Australian Museum’s natural history collection!

In this online program, students will actively investigate a variety of Australian animal features using specimens and mixed media.

Students will learn what a feature is, look closely at some Australian animals, and be guided to use evidence-based reasoning.

Through movement students will extend their understanding of the function of specific features and make connections between the physical features of an animal and its behaviours.

This virtual excursion will be held online via Zoom. After your booking, an email will be sent with your confirmed session details and the Zoom link.

For program enquiries, please contact: group.bookings@australian.museum

Learning objectives:

In this program students will:

  • Examine a selection of animal specimens.
  • Identify, describe, and compare features of Australian animals.
  • Consider how features help animals survive.
  • Apply observation and critical thinking skills.

Audience: This program is bookable for Stage 2 and Stage 3

Cost: $100 (GST included) per class

Capacity: Up to 30 students per session

Duration: 60 minutes

Term: Term 1-4 2024

Dates: Monday - Friday

Times: 10:00 am, 11:30 am & 12:45 pm. Alternative start times within these sessions are available on request when booking.

NSW Syllabus (for the Australian curriculum)

Stage 2

Science and Technology K–6 Syllabus

A student:

compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things ST2-4LW-S

questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations ST2-1WS-S

Stage 3

Science and Technology K–6 Syllabus

A student:

examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things ST3-4LW-S

plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions ST3-1WS-S

Any changes to numbers or cancellations must be made in writing by emailing group.bookings@australian.museum before the date for Final Confirmation (14 days prior to your visit).

Final booking numbers must be confirmed at least 14 days prior to the scheduled visit.

A tax invoice will be issued prior to your visit based on Final Confirmation details.

A tax invoice based on Final Confirmation details will be issued prior to your visit or session.

Please advise at the time of booking if the tax invoice needs to be issued to a different contact name or email address. NSW Department of Education schools that use the EDConnect payment system should advise this at time of booking and provide a purchase order number if required.

Our payment terms are net 14 days. However, it is the AM’s strong preference that bookings be paid in full prior to the visit.

Adjustments on the day – the AM will adjust the invoice amount and you must pay the difference where:
i) Group numbers increase from Final Confirmation numbers; or
ii) the Group changes to a more expensive booking/ticket.

The adjusted invoice payment terms are net 14 days. To be clear, where numbers are less than Final Confirmation numbers, no deductions or refunds will be given.

Group Bookings Terms and Conditions

To connect your classroom to the Australian Museum via virtual excursion you will need:

  • A reliable internet connection;
  • A camera and microphone connected to your device;
  • A device with a display, e.g. Laptop, Chromebook, iPad, Desktop;
  • A projector or screen connected to your device; and
  • Working speakers connected to your device. Make sure they are switched on and the volume is up.

Please connect as a whole class or group.

The simplest way to connect is through a direct connection using Zoom. The connection does not require any software to be downloaded, but does require a computer (PC or Mac) with an internet connection, a webcam, and a microphone.

The Zoom connection to the Australian Museum is secure and private.

After confirming your school’s booking you will receive an instructional email during the week prior your session. This will contain the link to the Zoom room and the passcode required to enter the room. Click on the link to open the connection in your chosen web browser. Zoom will automatically activate your device’s camera and microphone.

For your Zoom username, please add your First Name, Class, and School, e.g. Thomas 5C Australian Public School. Please join as a whole class or group and use your Class and School name. Once you have joined you will be in the waiting room until the host admits you to the room.

When you join, your camera will automatically be switched off and microphone muted. You will need to unmute your microphone to speak during the session and switch your camera on to be visible to the presenter.

Students need to be supervised at all times during the virtual excursion. Positive behaviour is integral for a quality session.

Follow instructions from the presenter. They will let you know how you can be involved in the session.