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Geography 11-12

Stage 6 Geography - A focus on fieldwork for the Geography 11-12 syllabus


Friday 10 November 2023

This one-day course has been developed to support Stage 6 Geography teachers in the planning and implementation of the NESA Geography 11-12 Syllabus for Year 11 in 2024 and Year 12 in 2025. With an increased focus on fieldwork, 12 hours in Year 11 and 12 hours in Year 12, the course will explore the many benefits and opportunities of fieldwork to engage students in working and thinking like a geographer.

Experts will present on Geography 11-12 resources and fieldwork case studies that have been built for the new syllabus. 

  • Will Burbidge, NSW Department of Education Curriculum Implementation Advisor
  • Louise Swanson, Deputy Principal and co-author of Powerful Geography, GTA pubication
  • Principals and teachers from Field of Mars EEC, Observatory Hill EEC, Riverina EEC and Rumbalara EEC

The resources offer a place based approach, a lens for viewing Year 11 and Year 12 topics and concepts. Each case study provides opportunities for fieldwork with supporting materials and ideas to engage with fieldwork in the local environment. 

Participants will go outside and explore the Sydney sandstone eucalypt forests of the Field of Mars Reserve, East Ryde. We acknowledge and will walk through Wallumedegal Country experiencing multi-sensory fieldwork and place based discovery. Learn activities to stimulate the senses to develop a deep respect for nature, aesthetic appreciation, awe and wonder, empathy and more memorable and meaningful connections with our world.

The course will scaffold inquiry based fieldwork. Build confidence in developing suitable fieldwork inquiry questions which allow for successful geographic investigation. Learn valuable and accessible fieldwork techniques including reliable and valid sampling methodologies, and the use of environmental assessment equipment. Develop skills to create effective workflows to encourage deep learning.

Participants will engage with fieldwork focused HSC questions and assessment possibilities. Opportunities for round table discussion will focus on the inclusion of fieldwork in program development and assessment. 


Start: 8.30 am

Finish: 3.00 pm 

Includes morning and lunch

Time: 6 hours