Year 4 Excursion to Manly Dam

This term, our Inquiry Geography/STEM unit has the Big Idea of ‘Sustainability’ and our Essential Question is: “How does the environment support the lives of people and living things?”  As part of this unit, Year 4 students attended an excursion facilitated by David Ella (Aboriginal Education Officer at the Catholic Schools Office.) Students had the opportunity to investigate the following questions:

  • How do different views about the environment influence approaches to sustainability?
  • How can people use places and environments more sustainably?

Students came to understand:

  • Why people value environments differently e.g. cultural, agricultural, commercial, recreational values.
  • How custodial responsibility (including sustainable use of environments e.g. use of resources) for country/place influences Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders Peoples’ views of the environment
  • How environments can be used sustainably e.g. sustainable agricultural, commercial and recreational practices
  • Ways waste can be managed sustainably