Humanities and social sciences / Year 4 / Inquiry and skills / Researching

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Curriculum content descriptions

Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple graphs, tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions (ACHASSI075)

  • using graphic organisers to sort and record information (for example, flowcharts, consequence wheels, futures timelines, Venn diagrams, Y-charts, network diagrams) or to show simple relationships (for example, a food web in mangrove or Antarctic waters)
  • constructing maps, graphs or tables to display data and information (for example, changes in the distribution of different types of vegetation; the loss of native species; the movement of peoples over time; the population of places over time; resource distribution in places that have been colonised; social, cultural and religious groups in Australia‚Äôs society) using digital applications as appropriate
  • recording and sorting collected information using tally sheets, murals, surveys, graphs and tables, databases or spreadsheets
  • showing historical and geographic information on maps (for example, collaboratively creating a large class map of world exploration by projecting a world map on a mural, and completing it with relevant geographical and historical details including compass points, sea routes, legends, dates, pictorial details, annotations and captions)
  • annotating maps using the appropriate cartographic conventions including map symbols, scale and north point to show places and their features, in Australia, and in selected countries of Africa and South America
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Maps (Geographic location),  Key (Data representation),  Grid references,  Distance,  Bearings (Direction)

Interactive Resource

Waste and materials – sustainability action process (Years 3–6)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on waste and materials using the five-step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate ...

Interactive Resource

Bound Round

This is an iPad app providing young users with an interactive travel guide. Using their personal passport, users are able to record their experiences of particular travel destinations in journal, postcard and photographic formats.The app also allows them to discover other destinations around the world by viewing content ...

Interactive Resource

Google Earth

This is a rich interactive iPad app mapping resource that enables the user to explore locations around the globe. The resource is presented as a map of the world with six main tools to enable navigation: Map layers to enable the user to select what is displayed on the map; a North direction button to reset the view; a My ...

Teacher resource

Types of farms in NSW - unit 3

This is a teacher resource that contains items for planning lessons and teaching about farms with a particular emphasis on the location, climate, features and food production of New South Wales farms. This resource contains a simple program outline and supporting documents that can be downloaded or printed, including a ...


Places we protect

This is a rich, multilayered resource about 35 protected Bush Heritage reserves throughout Australia. The resource includes a map of Australia that displays the locations of the 35 reserves. Each location is linked to important information and images including: quick facts; visiting information; the animals, plants and ...

Teacher resource

Captain James Cook

This sequence of three learning activities about the voyages of Captain James Cook includes a short film, 'Mapping Australia' and uses images of items from the library's collection. Students will curate their own museum. They will develop their skills of historical inquiry and discussion.

Mobile app

Explorer for ArcGIS: mapping tool app

This is a rich interactive IOS and Android app resource that displays maps from a range of sources and provides tools to manipulate and interrogate the maps. The resource appears as a map with eight main functions: a Maps button providing access to a gallery of maps; an Overview button providing information about the current ...


Mapping the Australian Coast

This collection focuses on the European mapping and naming of the Australian continent during the 17th and 18th centuries. It highlights the motivations and achievements of Dutch and British explorers, including Abel Tasman and James Cook. It incorporates maps, texts and a painting.