Project Description

Come To Your Senses

The five senses are given a workout in this engaging session. They are tested, tricked and more. Get ready for a sensory overload!

  • Level: Foundation

  • Duration: Available in a 60 minute format.

  • Numbers: Each workshop can cater to a maximum of 30 children. However, smaller groups have better access to equipment and the facilitator.

  • State: VIC, NSW & QLD

Learning Outcomes

  • The five senses are touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell.

  • We use our senses to successfully navigate the world around us.

  • The parts of our body enabling our sense of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell.
  • We need light and our eyes to see. Simple properties of light and how our eyes and lenses work.

  • Our sense of hearing enables us to experience the world around us through sound. Simple properties of sound and how our ear works. Sound is measured in decibels.

  • The skin is our largest sensory organ, and is very sensitive to different types of stimuli – touch, pressure and temperature.

  • Smells can be classified into 10 basic types.

  • Our sense of taste is reliant on our sense of smell to give us flavours. How things taste can be linked to our genes.

Activities

  • A class game that takes away light, and the student’s sense of sight temporarily, forcing them to become more reliant on their other senses.

  • Demonstration of the component colours of light using a prism.

  • Demonstration of how the lens in our eye works with light.

  • Students explore various types of lenses and understand how they work: diffraction grating, fly eye, magnifier, kaleidoscope, mini telescope.

  • Demonstration of eighty decibel sound.

  • Students explore sound waves as physical movement energy with tuning forks.

  • Students test the sensitivity of their sense of touch.

  • Students classify smells into basic types.

  • Genetic test using the sense of taste.

  • Taste test demonstration with class participation.

Victorian Curriculum Links

  • Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed  (VCSSU049)

  • People use science in their daily lives  (VCSSU041)

  • Compare observations and predictions with those of others  (VCSIS054)

  • Use informal measurements in the collection and recording of observations  (VCSIS052)

NSW Curriculum Links

  • Observes, questions and collects data to communicate ideas (STe-1WS-S)

  • Identifies digital systems and explores how instructions are used to control digital devices (STe-7DI-T)

Australian Curriculum Links

  • Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed  (ACSSU020)

  • People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)

  • Compare observations and predictions with those of others  (ACSIS041)

  • Use informal measurements to collect and record observations, using digital technologies as appropriate (ACSIS039)

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A wonderful and engaging presentation. It was a perfect balance of sitting down theory and up and around practical components! The kids left with so much new learnings!

Rochelle Gladstone Views Primary School June 21, 2024

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Presenter was amazing, so good with the children. Very interactive. Loved it. Thank you so much.

Nicole Burwood Heights Primary School and Kindergarten June 18, 2024

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Fantastic birthday party for my 8 year old daughter. Antonia did an amazing job keeping 17 children engaged and entertained. Everyone that attended had a great time. Would definitely recommend.

Heather June 18, 2024

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