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Changing Biomes - Stage 5

Students will learn about the ecology of the Cumberland Plains Woodland, an example of a woodland biome, and how humans have resulted in its listing as critically endangered. Students will undertake mapping exercises to observe and quantify how the Cumberland Plains Woodlands have been altered. They will undertake water and soil quality testing and learn about sustainable rehabilitation stratagies taking place within the Cumberland Plains Woodland.

Learning Activities 

  • Students will create a sketch map of the study area from a satellite image after walking through the woodland and mapping evidence of human impacts
  • They will perform soil and water quality testing to asses the health of the woodland
  • Students also investigate sustainability stratagies that minimise environmental impacts on the woodland


Stage 5 Geography




2 hours


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Key Content
  • Investigate the Cumberland Plains Woodlands as an example of a woodland biome.
  • Explore how human impacts have resulted in the woodland listing as critically endangered.
  • Investigate sustainability strategies to minimise environmental impacts on the remaining woodland.
  • Discover the sustainable rehabilitation strategies that are taking place within the woodland.
  • Connect geographical information by using appropriate and relevant geographical tools for inquiry.
Syllabus Outcomes

Focus Syllabus Outcomes

  • Analyses the effect of interactions and connections between people, places and environments (GE5-3)
  • Assesses management strategies for places and environments for their sustainability (GE5-5)
  • Acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using appropriate and relevant geographical tools for inquiry (GE5-7)
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Sustainable Development Goals

Through our education programs we aim to 
•    ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG 4)
•    demonstrate actions that work towards making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
•    inform and empower students to preserve our forests and halt biodiversity loss (SDG 15)

Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we promote prosperity for the whole community, while protecting our planet for future generations.


We acknowledge the Dharawal people and their continuing custodianship of this land, Mount Annan (Yandel'ora - meaning place of peace between people). We pay our respects to the Dharawal Elders past, present and emerging.