Year 3: Birds and beaches, dogs and leashes


Birds and Beaches, Dogs and Leashes is a day program that engages students in a real life geographical inquiry to investigate the interactions between shorebirds and people in Moreton Bay. The program prompts students to consider their responsibilities to protect other forms of life that share their environment. Pre-program activities introduce the migratory and residential shorebirds of Moreton Bay and the challenges they face. Students, invited to become ornithologists, conduct important research relating to the shorebirds.

On the day of the program students travel to Wynnum foreshore to observe the birds’ habitat and identify potential threats. Students then visit MBEEC where they discover more about the birds’ habitat needs, learn how to identify birds using their observable features and develop an appreciation of the impressive scale of the journeys undertaken by the migratory birds to reach our shores. Port of Brisbane Shorebird Roost is the final stop, where students work alongside expert ornithologists to observe and identify birds and assess their habitat. Binoculars, compasses, data collection sheets and bird identification guides are used by students to support their study.

The program concludes with a reflective discussion encouraging students to think creatively about how they can take an active role in protecting the shorebirds and the environment of Moreton Bay as ‘Champions for the Bay’.

Follow up resources are sent back with the school to support student learning in the classroom.
NOTE: Available Terms 1 and 4

Curriculum Intent

Humanities and Social Sciences

Inquiry and Skills

  • Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI053)

Evaluating and reflecting

  • Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions (ACHASSI060)

Knowledge and Understanding

  •  The main climate types of the world and the similarities and differences between the climates of different places (ACHASSK068)


Science Understanding

Biological sciences

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)

Earth and space sciences

  • Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including night and day (ACSSU048)

Science as a Human Endeavour

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)


Interacting with others

  • Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situations (ACELY1676)

Cross curriculum priorities

All life forms, including human life, are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and survival
World views that recognise the dependence of living things on healthy ecosystems, and value diversity and social justice are essential for achieving sustainability
Sustainable futures result from actions designed to preserve and/or restore the quality and uniqueness of environments

General Capabilities
Literacy- understand learning area vocabulary

Numeracy- visualise 2D shapes and 3D objects, using spatial reasoning, recognise and use patterns and relationships

Critical and creative thinking- identify and clarify information and ideas, organise and process information, draw conclusions and design a course of action

Ethical understanding- explore ethical concepts in context, reflect on ethical action

Personal and social capability- appreciate diverse perspectives


C2C: HASS Unit 2 ‘Exploring places near and far’, Science Unit 1 ‘Is it living?’

Last reviewed 21 January 2019
Last updated 21 January 2019