The Local Environment - Earth and Environmental - Science - Stage 6 (Year 11)


¬ôStudents draw on existing knowledge of their own local area and expand on their understanding of geological and climatic concepts that can be identified through careful analysis of the area.

  • Students gain field experience in a local environment as they:
    • Identify and relate landforms, rock types and soils to the natural environment and its plants and animals
    • Investigate the history of the local environment, including human impacts over the last 50 years
  • Students gain information and analyse their findings in order to report on aspects of the local environment that have been affected by people and propose realistic solutions to the problems that exist.

Links to syllabus outcomes - students

  • Analyse ways in which the vegetation of the area can be influenced by soil composition and climate
    • Perform first hand investigations to:
    • Analyse soil type and grain size
  • Analyse soil for organic content, pH, moisture content and salts 
  • Identify the dominant types of plants and animals in the environment and relate their presence to their requirements within the local environment
  • Process information from secondary sources (including a GIS) to describe changing vegetation cover, plant and animal diversity and abundance, and water flow and quality in the local environment over the last 50 years
  • Assess current human impacts on the local biotic and abiotic environment
  • Assess the impact of human alterations to the environment such as increased runoff, increased soil erosion, changes in river flows and in-stream sedimentation
  • Describe ways in which artificial structures can disrupt natural surface processes
  • Explain how habitat disturbance from soil degradation can advantage introduced species of plants
  • Process information from secondary sources on two Australian species that have been declared endangered, and use available evidence to outline the reasons why the species have become endangered and the measured taken to ensure their survival
  • Describe the geological features and landforms of the local landscape, and the past geological history of the area, deduced from evidence in local rocks and soils (if Brickpit visit is undertaken)