Water in The World (The Rocks)

Geography

Syllabus Outcomes GE4-1 | GE4-2 | GE4-3 | GE4-5 | GE4-8

Transport Walking Grade Excursion

$19.50

All parents and teachers can attend for no additional cost.

+GST. As this program is an educational service, all GST charged can be reimbursed in its entirety by the Government. This price excludes transport. (Minimum charge of x35 students).

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About

Immerse your students in an exciting day around Sydney’s stunning harbour as they discover the environmental and sociological impacts of the city’s waterways and water resources.

Students will be presented with a unique perspective on the geographical and historical importance of the choice of Sydney Cove as the location for Australia’s first penal settlement, and learn how water resources have been managed in Sydney by Aboriginal inhabitants, convict settlers and contemporary governments.

Students will visit the site of the Tank Stream underneath the GPO in the Sydney CBD, and trace the original coastline of Sydney Cove as they walk along Circular Quay, comparing its differences to the modern harbour. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of the harbour to the Gadigal people of Sydney and discover the history of Indigenous and convict settlement along the headland.

By visiting fascinating secret locations around the CBD, Circular Quay and the Rocks, students will be encouraged to discuss the connection between port cities and water sources, the evolution of water treatment and the issues with water scarcity facing Australia.

This intriguing and in-depth excursion will encourage your students to think critically about the impact of water sources on human settlement, and examine their own connection to the harbour city through its waterways.

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Syllabus Outcomes Addressed

GE4-1 locates and describes the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places and environments
GE4-2 describes processes and influences that form and transform places and environments
GE4-3 explains how interactions and connections between people, places and environments result in change
GE4-5 discusses management of places and environments for their sustainability
GE4-7 acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using geographical tools for inquiry
GE4-8 communicates geographical information using a variety of strategies
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Arrive/Depart

Full Day Excursion (4 Hours) 10am – 2pm

Time allocation for excursions can be tailored and adjusted to suit your individual school timetable and scheduling.

Bus Drop Off / Pick Up Location

Bus Drop Off Location
10am at First Fleet Park on George St SYDNEY next to CIRCULAR QUAY TRAIN STATION

Bus Pick Up Location
2pm outside Garrison Church on Argyle St, MILLERS POINT NSW 2000

Transport

Leave it all with us! Whilst you are welcome to organise your own transport to and from our adventures, alternatively you can book with our Ranger Jamie buses or coaches. Ask us for a transport quote and we can take care of everything!

Please note, all coaches include seatbelts for students however, buses do not.

What's Included

Written Work Booklet Provided Completed Risk Assessment

Syllabus Content Focus

Key inquiry questions answered

  • Why does the spatial distribution of water resources vary globally and within countries?
  • How do natural and human processes influence the distribution and availability of water as a resource?
  • What effect does the uneven distribution of water resources have on people, places and environments?
  • What approaches can be used to sustainably manage water resources and reduce water scarcity?

The water cycle
Students:

  • investigate how the operation of the water cycle connects people and places, for example: (ACHGK038)
    • identification of water cycle processesVisual Representations
    • explanation of water flows within a catchment areaMaps Spatial Technologies Information and communication technology capability Literacy
    • examination of factors influencing water flows and the availability of water resources in different places eg latitude, altitude, topography, location, climate
    • changeMaps Visual Representations Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia Literacy
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Australia’s water resources
Students:

  • investigate the quantity and variability of water resources in Australia and other places, for example: (ACHGK039)
    • analysis of spatial variations in Australia’s water resources eg groundwater, rivers
    • explanation of variations in freshwater water availability across Australia eg precipitation, groundwater, runoff
    • assessment of variations in freshwater water availability between continents

Water scarcity & water management
Students:

  • investigate the nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it, for example: (ACHGK040)
    • description of the nature, extent and causes of water scarcity in different countries
    • assessment of strategies used to overcome water scarcity and the role of governments, non-government organisations, individuals and communities in sustainable water management
    • proposal of individual actions contributing to water management

The value of water
Students:

  • investigate the economic, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic values of water for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and/or peoples of the Asia region, for example: (ACHGK041)
    • description of the ways water is used by people eg agricultural, commercial, industrial and recreational uses
    • comparison of the importance of water to ONE Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community and/or ONE Asian community

Day Outline

Excursion Duration (10am – 2pm)
10am Arrival

Arrival / Morning Tea / Toilet Break – Circular Quay (Next to Customs House)
(approx. 15 minutes)
Introductory Presentation
10:05am – 10:35am
The day kicks off with a meet and greet with our enthusiastic Rangers before enjoying an interactive and engaging presentation at Circular Quay. Teachers to distribute work booklets to students (approx. 15 minutes)
Students split up into groups of approximately 30 and alternate the following activities:
Activity
10:35am – 11:35am
Students participate on guided walk through The Rocks, stopping intermittently to answer questions in their work booklet.
Activity
11:35am – 12:35pm
Students participate on guided visit to the Tank Stream, stopping intermittently to answer questions in their work booklet.
12pm – 12:25pm
Lunch / Toilet Break at Observatory Hill

(approx. 25 minutes)
Activity
1:15pm – 1:45pm
CASE STUDY: Water Management – Barangaroo and Circular Quay
1:45pm – 2pm
Wrap Up / Conclusion / Toilet Break at Observatory Hill

(approx. 15 minutes)
2pm Depart on bus back to school

Activities

Booklet Activities include:
A student activity booklet is written and provided by Ranger Jamie Tours. A PDF version of this booklet will be made available to you upon your booking confirmation, for you to distribute in soft and/or hard copy to your students depending on your preference.

Booklet content will have students:

  • Explaining the aesthetic values of the landscapes and landforms in Sydney Harbour to culture and identity, and identify how the landscape has had different economic values for different people
  • Classifying a variety of water resources in Sydney
  • Examining the importance of the spatial distribution pattern of water sources in Sydney Harbour, and explain the variation of freshwater availability across Australia eg precipitation, groundwater, runoff
  • Describing the nature, extent and causes of water scarcity in Sydney, and compare this to other countries
  • Discussing strategies to overcome water scarcity and the role of governments, non-government organisations, individuals and communities in sustainable water management, and consider their own individual actions which contribute to water management
  • Describing of the ways water in Sydney is used by people eg agricultural, commercial, industrial and recreational uses
  • Discussing the importance of water to the Aboriginal Gadigal community of The Rocks and Sydney CBD, and the variation in perception of the value of water to different groups eg Indigenous groups, convicts, settlers
  • Making field sketches
  • Analysing photographs
  • Map reading
  • Interpreting graphs and statistics
  • Visual representations
  • Spatial technologies
  • Mind maps

Locations

The Rocks Sydney CBD

Our Water in The World excursion is also available at Woronora Dam – South Sydney

$19.50

All parents and teachers can attend for no additional cost.

+GST. As this program is an educational service, all GST charged can be reimbursed in its entirety by the Government. This price excludes transport. (Minimum charge of x35 students).

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Please note this will be an additional cost to the excursion price and a seperate quote will be provided to you.

Please note this is a tentative booking. After your booking request is submitted, we will be in touch via email to confirm the requested date and arrange the final details for the booking.

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The Rocks
The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia