Kings Park Education provides practical ideas for excursions and inspiration for teaching in the classroom.
Induction to Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park
Teachers planning an excursion to Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park for the first time are required to attend an essential free induction and site familiarisation session. Attending a pre-excursion induction will help ensure the best possible outcomes for your class and meet the requirements for planning and risk assessment in this unique venue.
Sessions are held monthly on a Thursday from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm. In 2015, the dates of the induction are: 19 February, 5 March, 2 April, 7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 6 August, 3 September, 15 October, 5 November and 3 December.
Professional development workshops
Kings Park Education provides teachers with opportunities to broaden their knowledge and be inspired with practical ideas for excursions and classroom learning. Customised professional development sessions in the Australian Curriculum areas of Science, History (Aboriginal Culture) and Geography can be delivered to meet the specific needs of your school. Half day sessions with a Kings Park Educator can be combined with your school’s own networking or meeting agenda to create a full day of learning in beautiful Kings Park.
Aboriginal life and history
The significance of Kings Park to Nyoongar people
Mooro Katta (Kings Park) has been an important place for Nyoongar people for tens of thousands of years. A professional Development day focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures at Kings Park can include information on the following:
- Local Aboriginal people – the Nyoongar people
- Family life – women’s business and men business
- Significant Aboriginal places in Kings Park
- Nyoongar seasons and seasonal movements
- Native plants and the way they were used by Aboriginal people for food, clothing, tools and medicine.
Information on our comprehensive programs, resources and special events that support teaching Aboriginal content, will be provided.
Exploring Nyoongar Culture with a Nyoongar presenter
Kings Park Education works with a number of experienced Nyoongar presenters. On request a Nyoongar presenter can be booked to present the workshop on Aboriginal culture. The Nyoongar presenter will be able to provide a greater insight into the content that could be of benefit to people working with Aboriginal families and teaching Aboriginal children.
Additional areas covered could include spirituality and the dreaming, family roles and structures, health and connection to country, women's business and men's business, effects of the stolen generation, and so on.
The Nature of learning
Developing the whole child in natural environment
Discover the importance of allowing children to spend time outside exploring natural environments and how this benefits a child's development. Explore the benefits of allowing children to take risks and how 'risking on purpose' in natural environments can help children develop. This session provides lots of ideas for taking learning outside, integrating nature and curriculum outcomes and including natural elements in play and learning.
Kings Park Education aims to provide inquiry-based learning programs for students, actively engaging them in the process of investigating, processing, organising and extending their knowledge. Learn how to use inquiry-based learning in Science or Geography with a hands-on professional development session. To investigate the history and geography of the park through an inquiry lesson combine this program with a 'The significance of Kings Park to Nyoongar People' session.
Further workshops topics
Kings Park can provide further professional learning opportunities in the areas of wetland monitoring, horticulture and conservation science. Contact the Education Bookings Officer to discuss your requirements.