All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the Australian curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our “Built Environment” programs for years 3-6 have been specifically developed for this age group, and for a variety of learning abilities. Through our “Built Environments” program, students gain a basic understanding of urban geography or biodiversity through direct interaction with a built environment (excursions) or through a guided walk around school grounds (incursions). This experience can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
Australia is home to many innovative and sustainable cities, some of which are famous around the world (e.g. Sydney and Melbourne, etc.). Primary teachers choosing to undertake one of our field-based “Built Environments” excursions have the option of an ‘Experiential’ field trip (usually Grades K/P-4) or a ‘Work-booklet’ based field trip (usually grades 5-6). Experiential field trips are less structured than work-booklet-based field trips and allow flexibility to follow the specific interests of a group. Work-booklet-based field trips allow for a methodical and structured investigation of built environments. Our “Built Environments” incursion option allows students who are unable to participate in a field trip (e.g. due to finances, proximity to habitat, behaviour issues, etc.) to gain a basic understanding of built environment ecosystems through a well-designed in-class presentation and guided exploration of school grounds.
• Visiting a bustling city center!
• Learning more about the place students live, work and go to school
• Receiving an introduction on urban planning and design
• Visiting state or national landmarks
• Map reading/comprehension
• Biodiversity surveys
• Identification using age-appropriate keys
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Built Environments” excursion. All excursion packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.
|09:00||Tour group pick- Second Nature have a fleet of vehicles available to cater for any number of passengers (within reason). We can provide transport to and from schools and airports|
|09:45||Arrive at destination for Activity session 1 This activity involves an introduction to the chosen city. Students will be guided through a site description and field sketch, followed by a discussion of what design elements they can observe that make the city a “green” or sustainable one.|
|11:00||Activity Session 2 Students will be taken on a guided walk around the city, during which they will complete a biodiversity survey. They will use the classification guides provided to identify plants and animals common in the area and will watch closely for evidence of other wildlife. The guides will explain how these organisms have adapted their needs and behaviours to effectively co-exist with humans.|
|11:30||Activity Session 3 The students will continue their guided walk of the city, this time stopping at infrastructure implemented for sustainability in human economy and liveability and/or in the natural environment. There will be opportunities to speak with a range of professionals from the urban planning industry, including architects, horticulturalists, and workers from the transport sector.|
|12:30||Lunch at destination Great areas to take a break and feel the energy of the city!|
|13:30||Activity Session 4 Time for a bit of fun! During this activity, students embark on a quest around the city to answer the five questions provided by their guides just before the activity is to take place. The students will be supervised during this time.|
|14:30||Depart destination, back to school or airport|
|15:15||Arrive back at institution or airport when required|