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Changing places

Changing Places is a S5 Geography fieldwork excursion that focuses on the topic 'Australia's Urban future'. The fieldwork showcases ways that people influence places and manage environmental change in urban places to enhance sustainability. Students investigate the economic, social and environmental impacts of Barangaroo and also visit nearby Millers Point to learn about the ways this community has changed overtime.

Program location

Barangaroo and Millers Point

Download the fieldtrip map (PDF 668.6KB) or view the interactive google map with approximate walking route, meeting location and pick up location. 

Key inquiry question

'What strategies are used to manage environmental change in urban places to enhance sustainability'?

Key syllabus outcomes

Australia’s urban future. Students investigate the management and planning of Australia’s urban future, for example:

  • explanation of strategies used to create economically, socially and environmentally sustainable urban places
  • proposal of ways for individuals and communities to contribute to a sustainable urban future 

Integrating the ‘Sustainability’ Cross Curriculum Priority is a feature of the program.

Skills outcomes

Learning activities may include:

  • mapping
  • using a GPS
  • field sketching
  • assessing environmental impacts of development using measuring instruments
  • developing Geographic Inquiry Skills including: Acquiring (what is where), Processing (why is it there), and Communicating (why care)
  • answering a fieldwork question, ‘Describe and evaluate how Barangaroo contributes to the creation of environmentally, socially and economically sustainable urban places.    

Student previsit and follow up activities

Successful fieldwork visits have direct links to current classroom learning. Pre-visit activities carried out prior to the excursion will help students better understand their excursion content and provide connectedness and relevance to classroom learning.

The following tasks, together with fieldwork, will help students answer the fieldwork question:

“Describe and evaluate how Barangaroo contributes to the creation of environmentally, socially and economically sustainable urban places”.

Download the student previsit and follow up activity worksheet (DOCX 49.2KB).

Download the student previsit and follow up activity answers (DOCX 49.9KB)

On the day activities

During the full day fieldwork excursion, students will:

  • Acquire, process and communicate geographic information to answer a fieldwork question.
  • Learn basic geographic tools including mapping, field sketching, photo interpretation etc.
  • Record evidence of economic, environmental and social sustainability within the study site
  • Undertake a basic Environmental Impact Study
  • Can have opportunities to use their own cameras to document their fieldwork activities
  • Undertake a tour of Millers Point to learn about the NSW Department of Housing’s decision to sell off public housing, and its implications for social sustainability
  • Complete a land use transect

Excursion program downloads

Download these documents to help with your excursion planning: