Early Earth: A dynamic and changing place

Facilitated

Dates

Weekdays during school term | 10am and 12.30pm

Primary/Secondary
Primary
Curriculum
Science
Science understanding
Environment
Historical knowledge and understanding
Year Level
Year 4 – 6
Duration
90 Minutes
Cost

$240 per group (up to 32 students)

Travel back billions of years and discover how microscopic organisms changed the conditions for life on Earth forever.

Investigate the structures they formed and the chemical processes they harnessed in developing an oxygen-rich atmosphere and oceans, creating conditions for multicellular life to flourish and producing great changes in the rocks and minerals on Earth.

Explore the evidence they left behind, including a wealth of resources specific to Western Australia.

Student experience

Students will

  • Travel back in time to explore Archean Earth
  • Investigate the Great Oxygenation Event and the formation of stromatolites
  • Use digital microscopes to observe and record cyanobacteria
  • Handle authentic stromatolites
  • Explore the origins of life through examples in the Origins Gallery

Skills development

This program links to the following strands of the Western Australian Curriculum:

Year 4

Science

  • Earth and space sciences: Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075)
  • Biological sciences: Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)

Year 5

Science

  • Biological sciences: Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

Year 6

Science

  • Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)