Students will investigate a wetland ecosystem and factors that affect plant and animal life, how these can be managed, classify wetland species, construct food webs, and identify species and their adaptions.
• Pond animal identification, distribution and adaptations
• Species classification and food web construction
• Water quality testing
• GPS Wetland plant hunt
For further information on curriculum links, program and excursion information see below or contact us.
Awabakal Environmental Education Centre- Wetlands Campus, 412 Sandgate Road, Shortland.
Syllabus outcomes and content
Stage 4 Science outcomes
- relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction SC4-14LW
- appreciates the importance of science in their lives and the role of scientific inquiry I increasing understanding of the world around them SC4-1VA
- follows a sequence of instructions to safely undertake a range of investigation types, collaboratively and individually SC4-6WS
- processes and analyses data from a first-hand investigation and secondary sources to identify trends, patterns and relationships, and draw conclusions SC4-7WS
LW1 There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity.
b. classify a variety of living things based on similarities and differences in structural features
c. use simple keys to identify a range of plants and animals
f. explain how the features of some Australian plants and animals are adaptations for survival and reproduction in their environment
LW5 Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to conserving and managing sustainable ecosystems.
a. construct and interpret food chains and food webs, including examples from Australian ecosystems
b. describe interactions between organisms in food chains and food webs, including producers, consumers and decomposers
Learning across the curriculum
Civics and citizenship
Critical and creative thinking
Information and communication technology capability
Drop off and collection Awabakal Environmental Education Centre (AEEC), Wetlands Campus located at Hunter Wetlands Centre, 412 Sandgate Rd, Shortland, Newcastle.
Please use School entry.
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 - 10:20 am
Two learning activities - 10:30am
Lunch - 12:00pm
Two learning activties - 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.