Students will be acquiring geographical information by observing and collecting data through fieldwork, using maps and numeracy skills. They will examine the importance of water to the environment, animals and people and learn about the ways people value environments.
- Introduction – introduction of EEC teachers, purpose of the incursion and activities to be completed.
- Read the book ‘Where’s Our Water?’, written for Hunter Water by Aboriginal students from Newcastle High School.
- Investigative walk to collect and evaluate data on the water being used in your school. Create a map of water fixtures and water wastage problems.
- Conduct a water wastage experiment using numeracy skills.
- Water saving relay race to engage students in discussions about water conservation and management.
- Conclusion: where to from here?
This incursion will assist students to begin a journey using the steps of the Sustainability Action Process.
This incursion is 1 hour in duration.
Awabakal Environmental Education Centre teachers will visit your school.
An outdoor space with some shade that is a reasonable distance from other classes is desirable, if available. This will minimise disruptions to classes not involved in the incursion.
Syllabus outcomes and content
GE3-2 explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments.
S3 Humans Shape Places
Investigate how people influence places, for example:
- description of who organises and manages places eg local and state governments
- identification of ways people influence places and contribute to sustainability eg roads and services, building development applications, local sustainability initiatives
- examination of a local planning issue; the different views about it and a possible action in response to it
Learning across the curriculum
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
You will be required to provide:
- A3 map of the school (7 copies per class).
- Copy of the worksheet (1-2 per class).
- Class teachers must stay with their class at all times.
- An outdoor space with some shade that is a reasonable distance from other classes is desirable, if available. This will minimise disruptions to classes not involved in the incursion.
Students should wear a hat, sunscreen, comfortable, covered walking shoes plus any special requirements of the group. (Wet weather gear when necessary). Sports uniforms may be preferred by some cohorts.
The incursion is 1 hour in duration.
This program can be delivered to multiple classes in one day.
Some examples of a typical schedule is as follows:
9.00am - Class 1
10.00am - Class 2
11.00am - Break
11.30am - Class 3
12.30pm - Class 4
1.30pm - Pack up
9.00am - Class 1
10.00am - Activity reset time
10.15am - Class 2
11.15am - Break
11.45am - Class 3
12.45pm - Activity reset time
1.00pm - Class 4
2.00pm - Pack up
AEEC is a NSW Department of Education school and staff are trained DoE teachers specialising in Environmental Education.
AEEC teachers rely on the participation of visiting teachers to meet recommended supervision levels. Visiting teachers are ultimately responsible for behaviour of students, students with existing medical conditions or special needs.
Medical or special needs
Please notify Awabakal Environmental Education Centre of any medical conditions or special needs that may need to be taken into consideration when planning or delivering the program. Upon booking an excursion, a form will be emailed to complete to detail any medical or special needs.
Parent / carer helpers
As our staff are Department of Education teachers we don’t require parent helpers on the day. If your school decides to bring parents, we kindly ask that you keep the number to a minimum. For safety reasons and the nature of our sites, parents will not be able to participate in activities.
Extreme or wet weather
Extreme weather conditions such as heavy rainfall, high winds and extreme bush fire danger may result in the excursion being modified, postponed or cancelled. If you have any concerns regarding the weather prior to the excursion, contact Awabakal Environmental Education Centre on 4955 8673 or email email@example.com.
Cancellations less than three school weeks notice may incur an administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather or fire danger.