Kings Park Education provides practical ideas for excursions and inspiration for teaching in the classroom.
Teachers planning an excursion to Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park for the first time are required to attend a 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 from 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm on one Thursday of each month. Check the events calendar for dates.
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
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.
Resources, including links with the cross-curriculum priorities in the Australian curriculum, will be provided. External Aboriginal Presenters are available on request (additional charges will apply).
Find out more about creating an outdoor classroom or nature play area at your school. Share in the ways children and community can benefit from spending time learning in these areas and come away with lots of ideas for teaching in the natural environment.
Sessions include information on the following:
- How children benefit from time in natural environments
- How to plan your nature play areas
- What to include and things to avoid
- Ideas for learning and meeting curriculum outcomes using natural spaces
- A tour of Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park to see nature play in action.
Kings Park Education programs follow an inquiry-based learning method, encouraging students to take the initiative to pose questions and explore their world around them. Teachers can learn more about engaging students and enriching learning using an inquiry-based learning approach. A two hour session includes:
- The aims and process of inquiry-based learning
- Preparing for inquiry-based learning
- Assessment using inquiry-based learning.
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.
- Last Updated: 19 June 2014