Wet and Dry Environments - HSIE - Stage 1

The Wet and Dry Environments program provides students with the opportunity to experience a combination of environments within the built and natural areas of Bicentennial Park. This hands-on experience allows students to use field equipment such as hand lenses, looking tubes, investigation brushes, identification charts as well as involving them in role plays using puppets and stories. Using their senses and natural curiosity, students will investigate bark, rocks and snorkel roots, smell different scented leaves and flowers, observe the creatures that exist on and under the mud and search out those that are camouflaged amongst the branches in the Eucalypt forest. They will observe human use and interactions within the park and discuss past use of these environments highlighting the need to look after them. The program will help student’s foster positive attitudes toward the environment, in their own backyard and beyond.

Syllabus Outcomes and Indicators:


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

  • Examines the differences between natural and built features and sites in their local area and those in other areas
  • Uses geographical terms to describe location and features e.g. East, west, mountain, valley, hill, city and other geographical terms
  • Uses geographical tools to locate and investigate places e.g. Maps
  • Examines the values that people place on natural and built features and places
  • Associates geographical terms for places and features with visual images
  • Express feelings for particular environments and why they have these feelings
  • Demonstrates an awareness that the features and places that are a part of their local area within a broader context


Demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between environments and people

  • Identifies how the elements of an environment rely on each other
  • Identifies ways in which people depend on the environment
  • Identifies ways in which people’s interactions with the environment can change that environment
  • Evaluates results of human change on environments that are relevant to them
  • Identifies ways in which places in their immediate environment have changed and are continuing to change
  • Shows an interest in environmental issues at local, national and global levels
  • Identifies wise and unwise use of resources
  • Suggests ways of caring for sites, features, places and environments and through which they can contribute


Student should be able to:


  • Name natural and built features and compare/contrast them
  • Use geographical terminology such as North, South, mountains, creek
  • Identify how we use the environment- parklands and mangroves


  • Verbalise how they can help preserve/ protect the environment
    Verbalise the value of water