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This website provides information about Parramatta Park. Parramatta Park is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and is a historically significant place. It contains evidence of over 20,000 years of Aboriginal occupation and historical sites (e.g. Old Government House, Boer War Memorial).
Parramatta Park represents a great location for an excursion for a Stage 1 Class. It is in the local area and students may have visited previously. There is also a playground and places to rest and eat. With the park’s size, not all historical sites can be visited, so it is important to plan carefully to maximise the visit. For example, consider integrating other areas of the HSIE curriculum (e.g. Environments and Cultures).
Specific information is provided on the website regarding historical sites located in the park as well as HSIE Primary School Programs developed by DET for Parramatta Park.
Pre-excursion, activate student interest in the park by distributing pictures with descriptions. Define and explain unfamiliar words. Ask students what they already know about the sites, describe any personal experiences and what they want to find out about the sites, either through brainstorming or group discussion. These activities align to the first stage of the inquiry process (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011, p. 108).
During the excursion, record the visit using a video and/or digital camera as an observation record. Provide students with a simple worksheet so that they can document their observations, basing the worksheet on what students identified that they wanted to know. These activities align to the second inquiry stage (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011, p. 109).
Using the observation records, assessment tasks could include students writing a description of the site they visited, what they did there and what they learnt, drawing a picture of their favourite site, or orally describing what their favourite site was and what they liked about it. After these activities, student can tally the responses and either write a report summarising the results and/or create a simple graph (assisting numeracy). Students can also create posters to display to the rest of the school. This activity aligns to the third inquiry stage (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011, p. 116).
Gilbert, R. & Hoepper, B. (2011). Teaching Society and Environment. 4th Edition. South Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia.