Year 8 Science - The Outside Classroom
Year 8 students loved their geology tour around parts of the Bellarine Peninsula because they could physically walk the edge of a crater then follow the slope of the lava flow.
Great thinking and discussion then flowed as to how the You Yangs might have been formed. They are not volcanic! Ask a Year 8 student the theories about how they formed and why.
By integrating Science, Geography and Outdoor Education, the students benefit from the synergistic effect of building a deeper and broader knowledge base and understanding, rather than studying each subject in isolation. When responding to “thinking” questions, students were encouraged to draw on their experiences from the different subjects.
All agreed that the outdoor classroom was great, because it made the learning real when you actually get a mining pick in your hands and chip off different types of rocks. Actually walking key local geological features that we have been studying also helped piece together the geological jigsaw puzzle of the Bellarine Peninsula.