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S6 - Rural and Urban Places - Green Square

Rural and Urban Places – Green Square supports Stage 6 Geography and focuses on a case study of an urban place, highlighting

  • The location and character of the place
  • Geographical processes, both physical and human, that have shaped the identity of the place
  • Cultural, economic and political links to other places
  • The nature and changes affecting the place including social Economic, and environmental.
  • Responses and strategies, including for sustainability.

Program location

Green Square NSW 

View the Fieldtrip google map with approximate walking route, meeting location and pick up location TBA.

Key inquiry question


Key syllabus outcomes

A Student:

  • analyses rural and urban places for their characteristics, spatial patterns, interactions, and nature and extent of change over time GE-12-01
  • analyses geographical processes and influences, at a range of scales, that form and transform places and environments GE-12-02
  • assesses geographical opportunities and challenges, and the role of varying perspectives and responses in their management GE-12-03
  • evaluates responses and management strategies, at a range of scales, for sustainability GE-12-04
  • synthesises and evaluates relevant geographical information from a variety of sources GE-12-05
  • justifies geographical methods used in geographical inquiry and their relevance in the contemporary world GE-12-06

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

Skills outcomes

A student:

  • applies geographical inquiry skills and tools, including spatial technologies, fieldwork, and ethical practices, to investigate places and environments GE-12-07
  • communicates and applies geographical understanding, using geographical knowledge, concepts, terms and tools, in appropriate forms GE-12-09

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.

Students should view the Fieldwork Support Website prior to undertaking the fieldwork to familarise themselves with the fieldwork content and tasks. This resource, together with fieldwork, will help students answer the fieldwork question:

On the day activities

During the full day fieldwork excursion, students will:

  • recap on prior learning with OHEEC teachers 
  • acquire, geographic information / data including - using an app, (pre loaded on student's mobile devices), to record evidence of 'characteristics, spatial patterns, interactions, and nature and extent of change over time' as well as collecting qualitative data by interviewing and surveying the public to answer a fieldwork question. 
  • practice basic geographic tools including mapping, photo interpretation, field sketching observing and recording


  • Government Schools: $15 per student  (GST Free)
  • Non-Government Schools: $25 per student (GST free) 

Excursion program downloads