Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

Leading Living Learning

Telephone02 9668 2070

Emailbotanybay-e.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Features of Places Geography

The geographical inquiry process is used to frame an investigation for the students to discover the natural and human features of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell. Students will also examine different uses of this area and implement ways to care for this place. Students will explore the bushland and shoreline within the National Park. They will describe the reasons places change and identify the active role of citizens in the care for places. Through a number of investigations they will examine interconnections between features, users and organisation of spaces. They will consider how places can be used for different purposes.

Features of places – Stage 1 Geography excursion

Location

Botany Bay Environmental Centre, Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell.

Key Inquiry Question

  • What are the natural and human features of Kamay Botany Bay National Park?
  • How is Kamay Botany Bay NP used for different purposes?
  • How can we care for Kamay Botany Bay National Park?

Key syllabus Outcomes

GE1 1 describes features of places and the connections people have with places

GE1 2 identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places

GE1 3 communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools for inquiry

Students will:

  • use a treasure map to locate hidden objects.
  • investigate the features of the forest and consider how we can care for these places.
  • investigate the shore line of Botany Bay and consider how it was used by Aboriginal people in the past and how it is used today.
  • work in small groups using natural materials to construct a pictorial map of the bushland and/or bay features. They will explain the features and suggest actions for caring for this place.

On the day activities

Acquiring geographical information

Map reading Treasure Hunt

Working in small groups students will take the map and locate the treasure (stone with an Aboriginal symbol). They will draw the symbol on their map.

Windows on woodlands

The focus of the bushwalk is for students to investigate the features of the dry eucalypt forest and consider how we can care for these places. They will complete a variety of sensory and hands on activities.

Burumin (possum) Quest

Students will follow an Aboriginal story and find a new home for Paru and its baby

Beside the Bay

Students will investigate the shore line of Botany Bay and consider how it was used by Aboriginal people in the past and how it is used today. They will complete Beach Bingo cards in small groups.

Processing geographical information

Nature map

Students will work in small groups to use natural materials to construct a pictorial map of the bushland and/or bay features. Students will explain the features and suggest actions for caring for this place.

Teachers must bring a camera, iphone or tablet to document the student learning activities during the day.

Cross Curriculum priorities

Perspectives of traditional Aboriginal lifestyle are integrated throughout the program.

Download the Features of places excursion flyer (PDF 1.1MB)