Our Australia - you're standing in it - HSIE - Stage 2

'Our Australia-you’re standing in it” consolidates concepts about the uniqueness of Australian plants and animals in a maintained parkland environment. Education officers will discuss how humans have altered this environment over time and the significance of mangrove wetlands. Through hands-on activities students are able to describe the wetland area investigated, list the living things that are found in it and describe relationships between them. The Badu Mangroves and planted forest offer an opportunity for the students to envisage how Aboriginal people used this area and how it has changed since European settlement.

Students will develop understanding why people create specialised environments, and identify some benefits and some problems associated with human changes. The design and layout of features in the Park assist with the development of geographical terminology and identification of significant parts of the skyline, waterways and uses provides opportunity to discuss and develop ideas for the management and care of the Park's natural and built features.

Syllabus outcomes:

Science and Tech

LT S2.3

  • Identifies and describes the structure and function of living things and ways in which living things interact with other living things and their environment.
  • Observe and reports on a local environment, describing how plants and animals rely on each other
  • Devises and implements a fair test with assistance, to find out the impact of water pollution on plants and reports findings
  • Draws and labels a plan to show a food chain/web with a particular environment


  • Creates models and evaluates built environments reflecting considerations of functional and aesthetic factors.
  • Identifies and describes a variety of ways in which aboriginal peoples have used or continue to use natural materials to meet their needs, e.g. mud brick fish traps



  • Describes places in the local area and other parts of Australia and explains their significance
  • Giving reasons to why a place may be important
  • Compares natural and Built features, sites and places in their local areas and in other parts of the world
  • Discusses how people construct and modify the environments that reflect ideas, culture, needs and wants.
  • Locates rivers and creeks and uses terminology such as North, East, South and West
  • Able to discuss the similarities between an Aboriginal boundary map and a current state and territory map.


  • Describes peoples interactions with environments and identifies responsible ways of interacting with environments
  • Identifies organisations that are concerned with the care of the features, places and the environment in the community
  • Examines some regulations, laws practices associated with the management and care of natural and built features and sites
  • Identifies reasons why organisations are involved with the care of the site. E.g. Stream watch, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Maritime Services, Department of Fisheries
  • Discusses the necessity of having these sites available to the community
  • Discusses alternatives and consequences of using the site, features and places in particular ways
  • Identifies why features and sites should be cared for
  • Recognises that different people have different uses for the site, features e.g. Aboriginal relationship with land and water, current uses of the site


Student should be able to:


  • Describe how animals and plants need each other
  • Identify why pollution is not good for plants or animals
  • Discuss a simple food web
  • Name some native and introduced species within the parklands
  • Able to name the stages in a lifestyle of chosen item


  • Discuss how aboriginal people would have used the land and would food sources they may have used


  • Identify some activities that may occur within the features and sites of the park E.g. recreation, sport, research, Education
  • Name and locate natural and built features within the environment
  • Identify other places that the student has visited that may have similar features, site and places that they are viewing within Sydney Olympic Park.
  • Discuss other ways that people across the world may use spaces and the importance of this within a community.
  • Discuss how Aborigines used this site and some practices that they might have used.
  • Use geographic terminology such as North, South, East, West and identifies the Blue Mountains and the city sky line
  • Recognises and discusses the similarities on the map of boundaries of the Aboriginal clans


  • Identify some organisations that involved with the upkeep of this site.
  • Discuss some rules and laws that might apply within this site
  • Discuss some of the reasons why organisations are involved in the management/ care of the site
  • Discuss why these sites are necessary for local communities
  • Discuss the alternatives and consequences of the past use of the site
  • Discusses why this site needs to be cared for