Students investigate causes, extent and consequences of human induced environmental change at Stockton Beach. Students discuss biophysical processes and collect data on the physical environment. They investigate and evaluate the management of environmental change in this coastal environment.
The program will include:
- Observing, describing and evaluating environmental management and change at this location
- Data collection on aspects of the physical environment (e.g. Air temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, long shore drift direction) and discussion biophysical processes
- Construction of a vegetation transect using a vegetation field guide
- Conduct an investigation of micro and macro plastics at this location
- Field sketch
- Examination of coastal processes
For further information on curriculum links, program and excursion information see below or contact us.
Stockton Beach, Newcastle.
The start and finish point for this excursion is Stockton Beach Surf Club.
Syllabus outcomes and content
Stage 5 Geography outcomes
- explains processes and influences that form and transform places and environments GE5-2
- analyses the effect of interactions and connections between people, places and environments GE5-3
- accounts for perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues GE5-4
- assesses management strategies for places and environments for their sustainability GE5-5
- communicates geographical information to a range of audiences using a variety of strategies GE5-8
Key inquiry questions
Environmental change and management
- How do environments function?
- How do people’s worldviews affect their attitudes to and use of environments?
- What are the causes and consequences of change in environments and how can this change be managed?
- Why is an understanding of environmental processes and interconnections essential for sustainable management of environments?
Environmental change and management
- investigate the role and importance of natural environments
- investigate human-induced environmental changes across a range of scales
- investigate environmental management, including different worldviews and the management approaches of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
- investigate the biophysical processes essential to the functioning of the selected environment
- investigate the causes, extent and consequences of the environmental change
- investigate the management of the environmental change
Learning across the curriculum
Civics and citizenship
Critical and creative thinking
On the day of the excursion, please go directly to Stockton Beach Surf Club (Pitt Street, Stockton) which is the starting and finishing point for the day.
What to bring
Printed workbook, 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 - 10:15 am
Two learning activities - 10:30am
Lunch - 12:00pm
Two learning activties - 12:30pm
Finish - 2:00pm
Students will have morning tea and lunch in the park behind the beach.Toilet facilities are available here. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancellations less than three school weeks notice may incur an administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather or fire danger.