All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the Australian curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our “Mining” programs for years 3-6 have been specifically developed for this age group, and for a variety of learning abilities. Through our “Mining” program, students gain a basic understanding and awareness of how mining affects local communities and the natural environment. This experience can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
Iron ore and coal mining are the two largest export industries in Australia. While it is important to acknowledge the immense economic benefits offered by these products, the mining activity required to produce them can severely harm natural environments. Primary teachers choosing to undertake one of our field-based “Mining” excursions have the option of an ‘Experiential’ field trip (usually Grades K/P-4) or a ‘Work-booklet’ based field trip (usually grades 5-6/7). 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 mining activity. Our “Mining” 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 the impact of mining activities on communities and ecosystems through a well-designed in-class presentation.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Mining” excursion. All excursion packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.
|07:30||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|
|08:30||Arrive at a dairy farm for Information Session 1: Impact of the Mine on Farmers.|
|09:00||Depart dairy farm for a grain and fodder farm.|
|09:15||Arrive at the grain and fodder farm for Information Session 2: Impact of the Mine on the Environment|
|09:45||Waterway health assessment at the grain and fodder farm|
|10:15||Depart grain and fodder farm for the Mine|
|10:30||Arrive at the Mine for Information Session 3: Impact of the Mine on Regional Towns|
|11:00||Tour of the mine|
|12:30||Waterway health assessment at the mine|
|13:30||Depart the mine for a park in a nearby township|
|14:00||Arrive at the park Enjoy lunch as you watch the town go by|
|14:45||Depart park for the Community Centre within the same township|
|15:00||Information Session 4: What the Mine is doing for the community|
|15:30||Depart Community Centre, back to school or airport|
|16:00||Arrive back at school or airport when required|