When exploring places that are similar and different, we sometimes forget to investigate the similarities and differences of the areas very close to where we live. In this program, students examine Indigenous perceptions of place and investigate bush resources, examine and compare micro-climates around Brewongle, and use Geographical Tools to analyse landscape features.
Pre- and post-excursion lessons based around the book ‘Are We There Yet?’ by Alison Lester. Download the student worksheet for activities.
As urban Sydney sprawls in all directions, natural bushland is being replaced by houses and roads. This Geographical Inquiry will focus on the connections between people and nature by looking at the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog which was reported to be seen in the wetland at Blacktown Showground.
This is a FREE excursion for all schools within the Blacktown City Council LGA, and includes the cost of buses, with teaching resources and pre- and post-excursion lessons provided.
View the teaching program and student worksheet for more information.
The Darug people have occupied the Western Sydney region for more than 22,000 years. Darug culture is connected to the country, people and to the spirituality of the land. With the eucalypt forest as the setting students will learn about the importance of Country and Place to the Darug nation, they will also discover their tools, food, culture, art and music. Read about previous excursions via our blog.
Old buildings carry old secrets. Investigate the mysterious happenings that took place in Sackville Reach Public School over 100 years ago. Students use historical concepts and skills to solve a mystery of old bones that has baffled locals for decades. Was there really a creature in the valley below the school all those years ago?
Please ensure students complete the pre-visit tasks, which can be downloaded on the Barefoot Lawrence excursion webpage.
Brewongle needs a CSI team! A terrible crime has been committed and you have been assigned as the chief investigator. Students are presented with information regarding the mysterious death of a Tawny Frogmouth. They must conduct a thorough investigation into the three essential components for life – water, food and shelter. View pre- and post-visit activities and resources on the Tawny Tragedy excursion webpage.
Use your lens to make a statement! This innovative, technology driven and creative incursion will engage your students to tell a story about the environment around them using iPad’s and photography. They will discover the skills needed to take a quality photograph and tell a visual story. Edit your PhotoVoice and share to watch it go viral!
View the environment through the eyes of an artist! This hands on workshop conducted at your school will engage your students in art skills like printing, paper making, 3D installations and photography.
Your students become Schoolyard Entomologists and learn how to increase biodiversity at school! This program will creatively engage students when they find a folder belonging to Entomologist Dr Bernie Bracken in their classroom.