Teddy Bears Picnic 

SCIENCE

IMG_2989This special program focuses on the needs of living things; air, water, shelter and food. Students and their teddies participate in number of activities including an earth walk, habitat games, story time and a picnic in the bush. A letter from Edward, the chief Teddy Bear delivered to the class invites the children to bring their teddies to a picnic.

This program operates at Muogamarra and Davidson Park during specific times in Term 3.

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Special Local Places

GEOGRAPHY

Hornsby PS 2015

During a bushwalk through one of the special bushland areas of northern Sydney, the students will explore the features of these special places, including the plants, animals and Aboriginal history. The students will do this through a range of sensory fieldwork activities that include building shelters, exploring bush tucker plants, treasure hunts of natural materials and magic spot listening places.

This program runs in Muogamarra Nature Reserve (Terms 2,3 only), West Head and Bobbin Head.

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Features of Places

GEOGRAPHY

BobbinHead2010

Commencing at Bobbin Head, students will use maps and tally sheets to investigate the different ways that people use this special place.

After morning tea, the students commence their bush walk along the Gibberagong Track by exploring the mangroves before continuing through the eucalypt forest and finishing in a rainforest.  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 area and explore ways they can care for places like this.

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Aboriginal People and Places

GEOGRAPHY OR HISTORY

Mt Colah 2015The national parks and reserves of northern Sydney are very important local places with a rich history that inform us about the past.

During the day, the students will explore one of these special local places to help understand their importance, how we care for them and why Aboriginal sites are significant local places.

This program runs in Muogamarra Nature Reserve (Terms 2, 3 only), West Head and Bobbin Head.

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Bush Safari

SCIENCE SUPPORTS PRIMARY CONNECTIONS

Waitara 2013The students observe a variety of different living things and environments during a bushwalk along the Kalkari/Birrwanna Track in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

During the day, the students will investigate what animals live in the dry environment during a mini beast hunt and finish with an exploration of the mangroves at Bobbin Head to look for crabs and other marine animals.

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The Earth’s Environment: Threatened Bird Case Study

GEOGRAPHY

This inquiry-based teaching program focuses on a locally endangered species – the Glossy Black-Cockatoo or the Powerful Owl and provides both pre and post excursion learning.

During the excursion fieldwork day at Bobbin Head, students will acquire expert knowledge of the class’s chosen species through a series of three engaging and hands-on learning experiences which include building nest boxes, a habitat walk and a beak design and build activity.

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Local Aboriginal Studies

HISTORY OR GEOGRAPHY

Sydney’s northern suburbs have some of the richest Aboriginal engraving sites in the world. When observed, these provide a link to a very old and continuous culture.
During the day, the students will have an opportunity to learn about the local Aboriginal people and visit special cultural sites that remain today. This program can be undertaken as part of either Community and Remembrance or First Contacts and is delivered at Muogamarra Nature Reserve or Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park West Head

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The Earth’s Environment: State and National Parks

GEOGRAPHY

The Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is one of Australia’s most spectacular and important areas of land.
During the day, the students will explore the Park’s history and features on a walk along the Kalkari/Birrwanna Track to observe how the Park is used by different people and discover why this Park should be protected. Students will also explore issues and problems associated with managing a national park and examine peoples interaction with environments, including the special relationship that Aboriginal people have with the land.

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Beneath Our Feet

SCIENCE SUPPORTS PRIMARY CONNECTIONS

The sandstone country of northern Sydney is millions of years old and over time has been gradually eroded to form the spectacular valleys and ridges we see today.

During the day, the students will observe this natural erosion, investigate erosion in built areas and examine the components of soil and how it is formed.

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Plants in Action

SCIENCE SUPPORTS PRIMARY CONNECTIONS

Berowra2014During a nature walk through one of Sydney’s most diverse plants communities at either Muogamarra Nature Reserve (Terms 2 or 3) or Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, students will view, learn about and photograph Australia’s unique plants.

Learning will focus on pollination, plant structure, life cycles of flowering plants and Aboriginal uses of plants. In small groups, students will then create a digital book to document their learning.

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Feathers, Fur or Leaves

SCIENCE SUPPORTS PRIMARY CONNECTIONS

Waitara22015The day centres around an exploration of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park with a bush walk along the Kalkari/Birrwanna Track . Starting at the Visitors Centre at Kalkari, students will observe and classify a variety of preserved animals that call the Park home before commencing the walk to Bobbin Head. Along the way,  the students will engage in several hands-on learning activities to observe different plants and animals and use these features to classify them into groups.

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Day Camping

PDHPE AND GEOGRAPHY

MtColah2 2015Camping is a wonderful experience that provides many young people with an opportunity to discover, learn about and connect with nature.

Muogamarra Nature Reserve in Sydney’s north is the ideal location for students to get a small taste of the camping experience. During the day, the students will work in small teams to put up a tent, cook and eat damper with bush jams and discover Muogamarra’s  plants, animals and Aboriginal heritage during a bush walk.

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Factors That Shape Places: Bobbin Head

NEW GEOGRAPHY

Geograpgy Leaf StudyUsing the geographic inquiry process, students will investigate how Bobbin Head can sustainably meet the diverse needs of an increasing local population. They will undertake a range of activities to acquire information and deepen their knowledge of the features, human uses and current issues facing the Bobbin Head area.
These activities involve utilising maps, compasses, old photos and iPads to take photos evidence of impacts, uses and features.

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Day Camping

PDHPE and Geography

MtColah2 2015Camping is a wonderful experience that provides many young people with an opportunity to discover, learn about and connect with nature.

Muogamarra Nature Reserve in Sydney’s north is the ideal location for students to get a small taste of the camping experience. During the day, the students will work in small teams to put up a tent, cook and eat damper with bush jams and discover Muogamarra’s  plants, animals and Aboriginal heritage during a bush walk.

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