Teddy Bears Picnic 

Science

This 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

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

The geographical inquiry process is used to frame an investigation for the students to discover the natural and human features of the area. Students will also examine different uses of this area and implement ways to care for this place.

This program can be run at two sites.

  1. Kalkari/Birrawanna Track – this is recommended for the more able and older Stage 1 students as the walk is rated as moderate. Download the program information
  2. Gibberagong/Rainforest Track – this is recommended for the less able Stage 1 students as the walk is rated as easy/moderate. Download the program information


Aboriginal People and Places

Geography/History

The 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

Waitara 2013

The 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: Forest Features  NEW

Geography/Science

The Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is one of Australia’s most spectacular and important areas of land and is home to an abundance of native plants and animals.
During the walk from Kalkari to Bobbin Head, the students will explore three different forest types and use a range of geographical tools to investigate the animals, plants and the relationships between them.

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Local Aboriginal Studies

History/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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Beneath Our Feet

Science

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

During 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 (West Head or Bobbin Head) students will view, learn about, photograph and draw Australia’s unique plants.

Learning will focus on pollination, plant structure, life cycles of flowering plants and Aboriginal uses of plants. Students will complete a short photography workshop, take photographs of local flora and enjoy drawing and painting plants.

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Feathers, Fur or Leaves

Science

The 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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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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Day Camping

PDHPE/Geography

Camping 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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On the Trail of the Powerful Owl   NEW

Science – Living World

The Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is home to the Powerful Owl, Australia’s largest owl and a current member of the threatened species list.
During the full day program at Bobbin Head, the students will work as scientists to learn about the features of the Powerful Owl, its habitat and its role in the natural environment. They will explore three different forest types and use a range of scientific tools tools to investigate the physical environment and how adaptations of livings things, including the owl, help them to survive there.

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Factors That Shape Places: Bobbin Head

Geography

Using 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

Camping 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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