Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre

Telephone02 4324 7200

Email rumbalara-e.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Stage 2

Our environmental centre offers a variety of programs for Stage 2 students to learn and understand their natural environment.

Significant Environments: Stage 2 Geography

Program Overview

Wyrrabalong National Park and Bouddi National Park are spectacular and important areas of land for plants and animals. Students will be guided through the geography inquiry process to answer questions about the National Park's history and features. They will also locate different habitats and record evidence and traces of animals. Students will learn and observe how the parks are used by different people and discuss why National Parks should be protected.

Teachers can choose between the two locations; Wyrrabalong National Park or Bouddi National Park, to suit the needs and requirements of your school.

Wyrrabalong NP program

Download the Wyrrabalong National Park program Significant Environments Stage 2 (PDF 1082KB) form for more information on the program.

Download the Bouddi National Park program Significant Environments Stage 2 (PDF 1084KB) form for more information on the program.

Our Aboriginal Heritage: Stage 2 History

Program overview

Students will discover the traditional lifestyles of the Aboriginal people who lived on the Central Coast. They will use the historical inquiry process to investigate traditional Aboriginal lifestyles and culture and examine real Aboriginal artefacts. Students will participate in a bushwalk through Brisbane Water National Park to see some plants that were used to make the artefacts. They will learn about bush-tucker and will view the bush as an important resource for food, shelter, weapons and tools. Students will also have the opportunity to examine and compare two Aboriginal art engraving sites. They will understand the importance of connection to country through an exploration of Brisbane Water National Park.

Download the Our Aboriginal heritage Stage 2 (PDF 1073KB) file for more information on the program.

Investigating Our Living World: Stage 2 Science

Program overview

Through a hands-on investigation, students will examine the biodiversity of their local environment and classify living things based on their observable features. Students will use microscopes and identification keys to identify collected specimens and collate data using a tally and column graph.

When participating at Rumbalara Reserve students will have access to our science lab and will participate in a bush walk through the reserve and use iPads to collect observations on living things. The activities have a strong Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focus and align with the primary connections unit feathers, fur or leaves.

Download the Investigating our living world Stage 2 (PDF 1027KB) file for more information on the program.

Living World Coasts: Stage 2 Science

Program overview

Rock platforms are fascinating displays of biodiversity that foster curiosity and offer opportunities for students to explore and discover the amazing cycles of life on rock platforms. Discover stories entombed in rock cliffs as they reveal the past and the sandy beach reflects the dynamic nature of our coastline.

Students will investigate and learn its importance, and understand the forces and processes that shape our beaches. They will have the opportunity to play environmental games about the ocean and create sand sculptures.

Please note that schools must choose from either Norah Head or Copacabana for this program.

Download the Living world coasts Stage 2 (PDF 1015KB) file for more information on the program.

Nature Documentary: Stage 2 and 3 English/Science

Program overview

Get ready to become the next David Attenborough. Nature documentary is an amazing literacy-focused program that introduces students to documentary making using iPads (provided by Rumbalara). Students collaborate as filmmakers and become cinematographers, presenters and directors to create their own documentary focusing on the biodiversity of living things found in their school grounds or local environment.

Download the Nature documentary Stage 2 and 3 (PDF 1013KB) file for more information on the program. 

Earth & Space - Living World - Wyrrabalong N.P

Program overview

Students will investigate natural processes such as erosion and examine human impact at Wyrrabalong National Park. An Aborigi-nal seasonal calendar will be examined and students will observe local seasonal changes. The geology of the headland will be in-vestigated using iPads to photograph layers in the sandstone and silt stone. Rumbalara will provide examples of local fossils and discuss how rocks and fossils are formed. At the beach students will conduct a science investigation to discover where sand comes from and investigate the role of vegetation by designing their own model of a sand dune.

Download the Earth & Space Stage 2 file for more information on the program.