The Earth’s Environment
A Stage 2 Geography fieldwork program
‘The Earth’s Environment” is a Stage 2 Geography fieldwork program focusing on the Key Inquiry Question of ‘Why do people value Balls Head Reserve and how can it be protected’?
Students will use the Balls Head Reserve and Coal Loader Sustainability Centre site to:
- Examine features and characteristics of places and environments
- Describe the ways people, places and environments interact
- Examine differing perceptions about the management of places and environments
- Acquire and communicate geographical information using geographical tools for enquiry
The program also supports the Sustainability Education Outcomes:
1.3 Value natural and cultural heritage in ways that facilitate outdoor learning
3.3 Purposeful development of knowledge skills and positive environmental attitudes and values that build the capacity of students to live more sustainability in the school and community.
Learning across the curriculum focus areas covered include:
- Information and communication technology
- Personal and social capability
The program has three main components:
- Introductory activities and web based resources to introduce the students to the program
- A full day’s fieldwork at Balls Head Reserve and the Coal Loader Sustainability Centre
- Follow up activities to enhance Geographic and Sustainability knowledge, skills, values and attitudes.
During the full day fieldwork excursion, students will:
- Acquire, process and communicate geographic information to answer a fieldwork question
- Learn about past uses of the site including those of Aboriginal people, and as a working coal loader
- Learn basic geographic tools including map reading, line drawings, photo interpretation and using a GPS device
- Undertake a guided tour of the Coal Loader Sustainability Centre to learn about actions that improve sustainability
- Undertake a bushwalk in Balls Head Reserve to learn about features and characteristics of places and environments
The program supports the S2 Geography Syllabus ‘The Earth’s Environment’ topic including:
- The ways people (including Aboriginal people) value and protect environments
- How people have valued environments differently over time
- How custodial responsibility for place influences Aboriginal views on the environment
- Ways people influence places and contribute to sustainability
Cost: $50 per class for up to 3 classes.
Enquiries: Phone: Observatory Hill EEC on 9247 7321
email: [email protected]
Pre visit tasks
- Introduce the concepts of sustainability, perceptions and protection of environment
- View Secret Sydney 8 Balls Head Reserve
- View Coal Loader Sustainability Centre Learning Guide – Aboriginal Heritage
- View Browns Lane The Coal Loader Balls Head
- View Coal Loader Sustainability learning Guide – History of the coal loader
- View Balls Head Reserve on Google Earth and discuss its position in relation to the CBD and Sydney Harbour
- Visit Balls Head Reserve on the NSW Government’s 6 Maps website and view the 1943 imagery to see how the landuse 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, particularly around the Coal loader and Berrys Bay.