All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the new curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our P-2 (or K-2 if you’re in NSW) programs have been specifically developed for this age group, and for a variety of learning abilities. Through our “Coastal Processes” excursion, students gain a basic understanding and awareness of the importance of beach ecosystems through direct interaction with the natural environment (excursions) or through an interactive PPP with a variety of items scavenged from the beach to pass around (incursions). This experience can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
Australia is famous for its beaches! Primary teachers choosing to undertake one of our field-based coastal 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 beach environments. Virtual coastal investigations allow 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 coastal environments through a well-designed in-class presentation.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day coastal excursion. All excursions packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.
|08:15||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|
|09:00||Arrive at Beach 1 for Activity Session 1 Students will be asked to draw a field sketch depicting the landscape in front of them. They will also be asked to take down observations in the form of what they can hear, smell, feel and taste. Students will then be guided through a biological drawing of a plant or animal found on the beach. They will learn that the beach is home to a diverse community of plants and animals.|
|10:30||Morning tea enjoyed on the beach|
|11:00||Depart Beach 1 for Beach 2|
|11:15||Arrive at Beach 2 for Activity Session 2 Here, students will enjoy a guided walk along the board walk of a busy, public beach. Their guides will discuss seasonal changes in beach use, and point out surrounding infrastructure that attracts people to the beach. They will interview passing tourists about when and why they like to go to the beach. The economic benefits of beach tourism will also be discussed.|
|12:15||Depart Beach 2 for Beach 3|
|12:30||Picnic Lunch at Beach 3 Students will have options to swim or use play equipment (at teacher’s discretion)|
|13:30||Activity Session 3 Active beach management will be observable at Beach 3. There will again be signs of beach nourishment, the construction of an artificial reef, protection from a sea wall or other infrastructure preventing erosion. The students will explore the site and learn about how measures are being taken to sustainably manage the beach.|
|14:15||Depart Beach 3, back to school or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at school or airport when required|