Humans Shape Places

Humans Shape Places” is a Stage 3 Geography fieldwork program focusing on the Key Inquiry Question of How do people influence places and the management of spaces within them?

Students will use the Blackwattle Bay and Pyrmont study sites to:

  • Describe diverse features and characteristics of places and environments
  • Explain interactions and connections between people, places and environments
  • Compare and contrast the management of different places and environments
  • Acquire, process and communicate geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry

Integrating the ‘Sustainability’ cross curriculum priority is a feature of the program.

The program has three main components:

  1. Introductory activities and web based resources to introduce the students to the program
  2. A full day fieldwork excursion at Blackwattle Bay, The Sydney Fishmarkets and Pyrmont.
  3. Follow up activities to enhance Geographic and Sustainability, knowledge, skills, values and attitudes.

During the full day fieldwork excursion, students will:

  • Learn basic geographic tools including maps, line drawings, photo interpretation etc
  • Measure environmental factors with instruments
  • Undertake a water quality test
  • Use Ipads to document their fieldwork activities
  • Acquire, process and communicate geographic information to answer a fieldwork question.

The program supports the S3 Geography Syllabus ‘Humans Shape Places’ topic including:

  • Who organises and manages places
  • Ways people influence places and contribute to sustainability
  • A local planning issue, different views about it and possible actions in response to it

Enquiries: Phone: Observatory Hill EEC on 9247 7321

email: [email protected]

Risk Assessment Pro Forma – Humans Shape Places

Pre Excursion Activities

Successful fieldwork visits have direct links to current classroom learning. Pre-visit activities carried out prior to the excursion will help students better understand their excursion content and provide links with classroom learning. Examples of pre-visit activities include:

  • Locate Blackwattle Bay on Google Earth and discuss its position in relation to the CBD the Bays Precinct and greater Sydney
  • Visit Blackwattle Bay on the NSW Government’s 6 Maps website and view the 1943 imagery to see how the landuse in the Bay has changed over time. Imagery is found under Base Maps (top right corner). Choose ‘Looking for 1943 imagery’ and slide the slider to toggle between 1943 and the current map. Discuss what has changed and what remains the same.
  • Read the Big Plan for the Bays Precinct Sydney. Make a mind map of the things mentioned in each precinct that will help make the Bays Precinct a more liveable place in the future. A set of pre-visit lessons about the Bays Precinct are available on the Cool Australia website at Year 5 & 6 HASS and geography lessons
  • If available, practice making a Pic Collage on an ipad. (ipads can be supplied on the day)
  • The Geographical Toolkit for Primary Teachers explains in more detail some common Geographical tools for enquiry.

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