Meet & Greet - Teachers Resource

 

Tour Focus

On this tour the children are exposed to farm life, and have a chance to meet and greet some of the animals on the farm with up-close encounters. The main curriculum focus of this tour is the F-2 Science (Victorian Curriculum) as well as a focus on building Personal Capabilities, like listening and taking turns. This makes the tour perfect for students in Foundation - Year 1 who may have never visited a farm before. They will have a chance to feed and pet the animals visited on the tour, as well as learning about the basic needs and features of the animals. There is also a strong link to Indigenous Perspectives (now a compulsory cross-curricular element of the Australian Curriculum, and part of the Victorian Geography Curriculum).

Animals visited on this tour:

  • Sheep
  • Cow
  • Chickens
  • Goats
  • Horses
  • Guinea pigs
  • Pigs
 

Aims and Curriculum Links

 

Aim

Explore the farm with senses (What do the animals sound like? Look like? Smell like? Feel like?)

Curriculum Link

Science

Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions

 

Aim

Learn and use correct terminology for animals (and features), plants and farm buildings.

Curriculum Link

English

Understand the use of vocabulary in familiar contexts related to everyday experiences, personal interests and topics taught at school (VCELA167)

Science

Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)

 

Aim

Develop personal capabilities such as listening, taking turns and participating in group activities. Children will be supported to gain confidence interacting with animals.

Curriculum Link

Personal Capabilities

Name and practise basic skills required to work collaboratively with peers (VCPSCSO006)

 

Aim

Explore the farm to see where animals live and what they need to stay healthy (food, water, shelter, companionship)

Curriculum Link

Science

Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)

 

Aim

Recognise and appreciate the farming practises of the original caretakers of the land, the Wurundjeri people.  

Curriculum Link

Geography

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Country/Place on which the school is located and why Country/Place is important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the ways in which they maintain special connections to particular Country/Place (VCGGK066)

 

Before You Come to the Farm

Before you come on the Meet and Greet excursion, we recommend a brief introduction so children can get the most out of their experience. Things you could discuss (particularly if your class has not had any farm/animal experience):

  • What kind of animals live on a farm?
  • What is the difference between a farm animal/pet/wild animal?
  • What behaviour is appropriate around farm animals