Geography - Features of Places
Supports the Geography teaching framework - Local places and spaces
Students visit the Royal National Park to observe features of places and how people are connected. They participate in hands-on activities around Bonnie Vale picnic area or Reids Flat. There is a short bushwalk to the mangroves at Cabbage Tree Basin or to a rainforest grove from Reids Flat.
Key syllabus outcomes
- Students describe features of places and the connections people have with places (GE1-1)
- Students identify ways in which people interact with and care for places (GE1-2)
- Students communicate geographical information and use geographical tools for inquiry (GE1-3)
Key inquiry questions
- What are the features of, and activities in, places?
- How can we care for places?
- How can spaces within a place be used for different purposes?
- What are some features of the Royal National Park?
- How can we care for the Royal National Park?
- engage with place through sensory awareness activities, such as matching colours in nature, creating ephemeral art using natural materials, going on a mirror walk and using senses to observe the natural environment
- listen to an Aboriginal Dreaming story relevant to the site they visit
- learn about Aboriginal plant uses and seasons on a bushwalk
- compare human and natural features and complete a class tally of features
- examine natural features through an invertebrate search, crab searching and/or bird watching (site dependant)
- use natural materials to create a nature map of the day’s journey or collaborate to create a pictorial map of the site
- care for place by picking up litter, returning animals unharmed to habitat, examining plants without damaging them and managing waste
Recommended excursion sites
- Bonnie Vale (please note limited access to toilets)
- Reids Flat, Audley