The Mind Map

Lesson Title: Love for Nature

Year Level: 3/4 students

Lesson duration: Full Day Excursion

Learning Intention: We are learning to make art whilst connecting on country, using traditional and found art materials.

Success Criteria: We have created an artwork that uses traditional and found art materials whist in connecting with country.

Lesson Overview

This lesson is part of a wider learning sequence connecting students with local natural areas on Wadawurrung Country and takes the form of an immersive full day excursion at the Ocean Grove Nature Reserve. Students will connect with Country through a traditional welcome to country, storytelling, sensory walk and art making. 

"Love for Nature 
The positive enhancement of interconnection between humans and their natural environments is fundamental to the health and wellbeing of a global society. Biophilia as part of an integral sustainable worldview, must seek to establish interconnections at both a physical and psychological level, as well as at a level of consciousness, striving for a more deep and holistic nature language that emphasises our love for nature."           
Dr Phillip B Roos 2022:96



Identify and explain the interconnections within places and between places (VCGGC073)

Collect and record relevant geographical data and information from the field and other sources (VCGGC074)

Types of natural vegetation and the significance of vegetation to the environment, the importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected; the use and management of natural resources and waste, and different views on how to do this sustainably (VCGGK082)

Similarities and differences in individuals’ and groups’ feelings and perceptions about places, and how they influence views about the protection of these places (VCGGK083)

Health & Physical Education:

Participate in outdoor games and activities to examine how participation promotes a connection between the community, natural and built environments, and health and wellbeing (VCHPEP096)


Identify and describe continuity and change over time in the local community, region or state and as a result of the effects of European exploration (VCHHC069)

Identify and explain the causes and effects of European settlement and exploration (VCHHC070)

The significance of Country and Place to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who belong to a local area (VCHHK072)

The diversity and longevity of Australia’s first peoples and the significant ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are connected to Country and Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the effects on their daily lives (VCHHK078)

Visual Arts:

Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times as inspiration to create visual artworks (VCAVAE025)

Explore visual conventions and use materials, techniques, technologies and processes specific to particular art forms, and to make artworks (VCAVAV026)

Explore different ways of displaying artworks to enhance their meaning for an audience (VCAVAP027)

Identify and discuss how ideas are expressed in artworks from a range of places, times and cultures, including artworks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (VCAVAR028)


Systems - explores the interdependent and dynamic nature of systems that support all life on Earth and our collective wellbeing

  • The biosphere is a dynamic system providing conditions that sustain life on Earth.
  • All life forms, including human life, are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and survival.