HASS - year 3/4

All of our field trip programs at this level encompass a range of geographical content, as the students naturally engage with and respond to their environment. They record features on a basic map and collect leaf samples to help understand the forest system, and explore how we use the area we are visiting.


Content Descriptions
Sample activity


The similarities and differences between places in terms of their type of settlement, demographic characteristics and the lives of the people who live there, and people’s perceptions of these places (ACHASSK069) Year 3

  • discussing why it is important to protect places that have special significance for people (for example, a wetland, a sacred site, a national park or a World Heritage site)

The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people (ACHASSK088) Year 4

  • identifying the main types of natural vegetation, including forest, savannah, grassland, woodland and desert, and explaining the relationship between climate and natural vegetation

The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)



Identify why students would chose to visit a particular place and how they value that place.


Identify and record the different characteristics of a range of native and planted vegetation communities (dry and wet sclerophyll and eucalypt plantation).


Explore the ways in which timber can be used for construction and design, and identify the possible sources of the timber (native forests, plantations) Discuss the idea of sustainability and natural resources.


Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple graphs, tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI054 and ACHASSI075)


Students anotate basic map to locate natural and man-made features of a site. Use compasses and measuring equipment to identify reference points and a sense of scale.

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