2012 adventures

Term 4  - Dr Collie's Schoolyard Safari! (Stage 1) UPDATED

Please note that we have just been informed that the Sounds Senational unit is being updated to realign wuth the Australian Curriculum.  Dr Collie Sounds off has new been updated to 'Dr Collie's Schoolyard Safari.'

Schoolyard safari unitWhat do I need to do?

  • Register to be part of the fun!
  • Purchase a copy of the Schoolyard safari curriculum resource from Primary Connections. (This internationally recognised resource has all the background information, teaching activities required for this 'Dr Collie Investigation.'  
    ****New versions on sale 1st October 2012.*****
  • Undertake the activities with your class which are outlined in the the Schoolyard safari curriculum resource. (How long you spend is up to you depending upon your classroom context.)
  • Collect the clues which start in Week 9, Term 4. The clues only run for one week. 
  • Submit your answer as soon as the last clue has been given on the Friday of Week 9, Term 4.
  • Complete the post adventure evaluation on the feedback page.

Unit outline

The Schoolyard safari unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom. By observing the features and behaviour of small animals, students glimpse the diversity of animal life. Students explore small animals leading to a better understanding of how their adaptations help them survive in their habitats. Through investigations, students learn how animals move, feed and protect themselves.The world is teeming with animal life. Even the most unexpected places can host a diverse range of creatures. As humans, we share our wonderful planet with many other animals. Taking the time to really look at another species can provide a window into the similarities and differences among living beings, and can help us to appreciate how we are all part of a single, gloriously complex ecological system.

More about this unit

Primary Connections have a wealth of resources supporting the Schoolyard safari unit. They include:

Term 3 - Dr Collies' Melting Moments (Stage 2)

Primary Connections - Melting momentsProject outline: Dr Collie's investigations is based upon the Primary Connections unit Melting Moments...'Every day we see or use things that have been melted or frozen, heated or cooled. All around us are items that we find both useful and attractive that have been moulded into different shapes using heating and cooling. These can range from cast iron frying pans and plastic rubbish bins to chocolate bilbies. Understanding the properties of materials and how they change state under different conditions can help materials scientists to develop even more extraordinary products to help improve our quality of life.

The Melting moments unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom. While exploring how solids or liquids are influenced by temperature, students experience the way items from their everyday lives can change. Through hands-on investigations, students investigate how the size of the pieces affects the melting time of chocolate.'

More about this unit

Primary Connections have a wealth of resources supporting the Melting Moments unit. They include:

  • Unit at a glance (PDF)
  • Equipment lists (PDF)
  • Alignment with the NSW Curriculum: Science & Technology
  • Alignment with the Australian Curriculum: Science (PDF)
  • Alignment with the Australian Curriculum: English and Maths (PDF

NSW Primary Curriculum Foundation Statement

Dr Collie Investigates

  • Investigating Scientifically - Students independently implement aspects of a scientific investigation, such as observing, questioning, predicting,testing, recording accurate results, analysing data and drawing conclusions. They demonstrate an understanding of a fair test and identify variables. Students select and safely use equipment, computer-based technology and other resources throughout the processes of investigation.
  • The Natural and Made Environments – Students describe how the properties of materials affect their use. Students explore the properties and uses of both natural and made components.


  • Australian Curriculum Science understanding (SU): 

  • SU: Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use.

Term 2 - 'Collie our environmental ambassador'  (Stage 3)

Project outline: Students critically reserach, compare and analyse 15 unique Australian environments using a common set of questions. The project will match stage 3 foundation statements for HSIE and  science and technology.

Dr Collie on the move.

NSW Primary Curriculum Foundation Statement

  • Science and Technology: Students identify, describe and evaluate interdependent relationships between living things and the environment within ecosystems. Students explore how natural forces and human interaction cause changes to the Earth over time. They recognise that the Earth is the source of most materials, and resources must be managed for sustainability.
  • HSIE: Students analyse Australian and global environments, identifying environmental issues and problems and they explore ways in which individuals and groups can contribute to solutions for these. They investigate human interactions with environments and recognise ecologically sustainable development. Students recognise various beliefs and practices and explain how these influence interactions with environments. They sketch, label and use maps, applying appropriate conventions and terminology.
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