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The Earth's Resources

The Earth's Resources

Science: Earth and Space

Overview

This program explores the wide range of Earth’s resources found within the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and beyond. The bush walk has a variety of stops to learn about specific Earth resources. There is a thread of discussion on how Aboriginal People use and care for the Earth’s resources, and their connection to Country throughout the day.

Program Locations

Bobbin Head 

Special Note

It is recommended that this program be undertaken on a low tide day to enable the students to observe the crabs.


Inquiry questions

What are the Earth’s resources found within our local area?

Why are Earth’s resources important and who are they important for?

How do we care for the Earth’s resources?


Learning Activities

Nature walk and exploration

The nature walk and exploration will provide students with an opportunity to observe the Earth’s resources within a local context. There is a focus on soils, water, forests, native plants, animals and biodiversity. Three different forests will be explored including mangroves, a eucalyptus forest and rainforest. Students will experience first hand how to care for our Earth’s resources.

Along the way, the students will explore each of these areas through a series of hands-on, sensory games and activities that enable them to discover the features of this special location.

Aboriginal Perspectives

A visit to an Aboriginal midden and an Aboriginal engraving site provide students with knowledge and understanding of the Aboriginal use of this area and the connection to Country Aboriginal Peoples have. A story will be read at one of the local sites followed by an art activity using natural ochre.

Nature Art

Students use natural materials to make mandala to understand how nature can be used as inspiration for creativity and expression.


Sample Timetable

NOTE: Variations to timetable based on specific location, group size and weather

Time Classes A, B Classes C, D
10.00am Acknowledgement of Country, Welcome, Overview of the day
10.10am Morning Tea
10.30am Mangrove and Forest exploration Aboriginal site and rainforest visit
11.30am

Aboriginal site and rainforest visit

Mangrove and Forest exploration
1.00pm Lunch
1.30pm Nature art
2.00pm Conclusion and depart


Teacher Information

Download the program flyer

Excursion locations Bobbin Head
Bus access map

Map for access to venue will be sent with the confirmation

Please ensure you print a copy and provide to the bus driver on the morning of the excursion.

Cost

2023 DoE $15 per student - GST free

2023 Non-gov school cost $25 per student - GST free, minimum charge $575 per class. 

NOTE:  National Parks entry is $1.10 per student in addition

Risk Assessments

Bobbin Head

COVID

Social Stories Bobbin Head
Supporting Resources

Student activities

Guided learning support program

What to bring

Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes, mask.

Students wear sports uniform.

Adverse weather
On days where the weather is unsuitable (see risk assessment), a Gibberagong staff member will contact the organising teacher to discuss alternative arrangments.
Medical notifications
Notify Gibberagong EEC by completing and returning the medical form before the excursion. This form will be sent out upon confirmation of booking.


Syllabus outcomes and content

Science and technology K-6 Syllabus 

Outcomes

A student:

> recognises observable changes in the sky and on the land and identifies Earth’s resources ST1-10ES-S

Content

Earth’s resources

Students:

  • identify and explore the use of a variety of Earth’s resources including water and soil (ACSSU032)
  • identify how Aboriginal Peoples care for Earth’s resources on-Country, for example:

- ochre

- fish

- seeds

  • plan and implement strategies considering conservation of resources to address sustainability and to meet personal and/or community needs, for example: (ACTDEK001)

- turning off dripping taps

- turning off unnecessary lights

- reusing/recycling campaigns

 

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2017