Early Stage 1 / Stage 1
Students will investigate the connection of people to places and the location of places along with elements of the weather. Aboriginal cultural connections to country will be a focus of this program.
- Short walk to Little Swamp to learn about the cultural heritage at this location and participate in a cultural play
- Investigation and examination of traditional tools used by the Awabakal people
- Using weather instruments to gather data and discussion about seasons
- Examination of the features of maps to determine location and construction of a map using materials found on school grounds
- Determining ways this area is used by people and how to care for this location
For further information on curriculum links, program and excursion information see below or contact us.
Awabakal Environmental Education Centre- Dudley Campus, 51 Boundary Street, Dudley and Awabakal Nature Reserve.
Syllabus outcomes and content
Early stage 1:
- identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people GEe-1
- communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools GEe-2
- describes features of places and the connections people have with places GE1-1
- identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places GE1-2
- communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools for inquiry GE1-3
Key inquiry questions
Early Stage 1:
- What are places like?
- What makes a place special?
- How can we look after the places we live in?
- 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?
- Where are places located in Australia?
- How are people connected to places?
Early stage 1: People live in places
Important places - investigate the importance of places they live in and belong to
Aboriginal places - investigate the Countries/Places important to Aboriginal Peoples
Locating places - investigate how the location of places can be represented
Stage 1: Features of places
Features of places - investigate features of places and how they can be cared for
Weather and seasons - investigate the weather and seasons of places
People and places:
Australian places - investigate places across a range of scales within Australia
Australia’s location –investigate Australia’s location in the world
Local and global connections - investigate connections that people, including Aboriginal Peoples, have to local and global places
Learning across the curriculum
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Critical and creative thinking
Drop off and collection AEEC, Boundary Street, Dudley.
Please note: if you are using a bendy bus to transport students please contact AEEC prior to excursion for important information.
What to bring
Printed worksheets in colour, clipboard and pencil.
Students should bring lunch, recess, refillable water bottle, hats, sunscreen, covered walking shoes plus any special requirements of the group (Wet weather gear when necessary). Non-aerosol insect repellent is advisable in summer.
Introduction - 10:00 am
Morning tea - 10:10 am
Two activities - 10:30am
Lunch - 12:00pm
Two activities - 12:30pm
Students will have morning tea and lunch on the grounds of the AEEC. This timetable is only a guide and may be adjusted.
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.