Local Places - COG's - Unit Stage 1

Connection focus: Exploring our relationships with the natural, built and Heritage environments in our local area, considering how we interact with, and modify, our local environment

Local Places provides direct experiences and interactions with the parkland environment. Students will gain an understanding of the interrelated needs and wants of humans and animals to the park. As the students assess and discuss the features of the environment they will be encouraged to take an active role in developing ideas and plans that could benefit humans and animals. Through this awareness, their role as active citizen helps them understand and aim to provide for a sustainable future. Students will look at how safe and healthy play spaces in local areas and in schools are achieved.

During the course of the excursion students will investigate built and natural features, woodlands, playgrounds, a wet environment and heritage features of the site to discover how the land has changed over time. This program facilitates information on health & safety, pollution, design techniques and maintaining a balance between built and natural features with in the parklands. Children will also assess safety features of the park and critique the rules in regards to their safe play.

Outcomes and Indicators


Compares and contrasts natural and built features in their local area and the ways in which people interact with these features

  • Uses a range of geographical terms to describe location and features
  • Discusses changes to the natural environment to meet needs
  • Identifies and locates natural and built features


Demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between environments and people

  • Develops an understanding of the concepts involved in depicting locations such s a map
  • Makes and interprets models of features and places of a particular location
  • Communicates, compares and contrasts an understanding of living and non-living, natural and built features
  • Shows an understanding of environmental issues
  • Identifies some of the strategies Aboriginal people use to manage the environment


Creates modifies or models built environments to the suit needs of users

  • There are fundamental differences between natural and made environments
  • Peoples needs determine how a place and space are designed and used


Recognises that their safety depends on the environment and the behaviour of themselves and others.

  • Identifies the need for rules in order to keep safe
  • Identifies things needed to play safely e.g. when using playground equipment. 



  • Able to use geographical terms in context
  • Able to verbalise how the environment has been changed to meet needs 
  • Locates a built and natural feature


  • Compares living to non living features
  • Able to verbalise an environmental issue 
  • Able to identify an aboriginal strategy used to manage the environment 


  • Able create a rule to keep the playground safe
  • Able to identify how a rule keeps you safe