Humanities and social sciences / Year 2 / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography

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Curriculum content descriptions

The idea that places are parts of Earth’s surface that have been named by people, and how places can be defined at a variety of scales (ACHASSK048)

Elaborations
  • examining the names of features and places in the local area, the meaning of these names and why they were chosen
  • investigating the names and meanings given to local features and places by the local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • describing the scale of places, from the personal (home), the local (their suburb, town or district), the regional (state) to the national (country)
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Sense of place,  Place names

Teacher resource

GeogSpace: year 2 - exemplar

This is a web page consisting of an overview and two illustrations of practice on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. The focus is on a student's understanding of the earth, as represented by a world map and a globe. Illustration 1 is a set of activities using a globe of the world as a model of the earth. Illustration ...

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Sharing stories: culture

This is a rich resource about the many intertwined aspects of Aboriginal cultures, including law, Country and Dreaming. It consists of an introduction, a teacher guide, three films made by Aboriginal students ('The Ngatji and paddle steamer', 'Bilwal medicine' and 'Thunderman') and two video interviews, one with Jarlmadangah ...

Teacher resource

Farming and the seasons (the farming story) - unit 2

This is a teacher resource that contains items for planning lessons about farming life and the seasons. It contains a simple program outline and supporting documents that can be downloaded or printed for students, including a story map broken into seasons, a table of farm activities and suitable clothes by season, a tree ...

Teacher resource

Farms and people's connections to them

This is a teacher resource containing a sequence of activities for investigating farms and the connections that diverse groups of people have to them. It contains material to assist planning, implementing and assessing a study of different Australian farms, the primary resources that come from farms, and connections that ...

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Sharing stories: films by location

This is a map providing links to films about culture, ancestral beings, beliefs and country from eight Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia. The films are 'The story of Girbar' from the Thabu clan; 'Miiku and Tinta' from the Umpila people; 'Moon and the gecko' from the Paakantji people; 'Bunjil ...

Teacher resource

What's in a name? Chinese rivers, cities and provinces

This is an online resource about the location and the meaning of the names of Chinese provinces, cities and natural features. The resource is a worksheet with two main learning tasks: locating the names of provinces, cities and natural features on a map of China; and translating the meaning of the names. The resource has ...

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Yarra Healing: Wathaurong people

This is a video of Trevor Edwards, Chairperson of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative in Geelong, speaking about Wathaurong territory and cultural heritage. He describes: his own background as a clan member and custodian of Country; the extent of the Wathaurong people’s territory along the Victorian coastline from the ...

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Big sky sunsets at Windorah, Qld

In this clip the narrator will show you a place that she likes to visit. This place is near Windorah in Queensland. The narrator says that this is 'big sky country'. She likes to sit in the sand dunes and watch the colours around her change as the sun goes down.

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Bob Burruwal and Lena Yarinkura, 'Wyarra family group', 2010

This is a sculpture by Rembarrnga artist Bob Burruwal (b1952) and Rembarrnga/Kune artist Lena Yarinkura (b1948) depicting spirit figures - male and female, young and old - standing near their camp dog. The sculpture is shown as an enlargeable image. This work was exhibited as a part of the second National Indigenous Art ...

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Yarra Healing: Yarra Dreaming

This is a video (2:42 min) of a retelling of a Dreaming story about the creation of the Yarra River in Victoria. The story is told by Bryon Powel, the former Site Protection Officer with the Kulin Nation Cultural Heritage Organisation, to an audience of adults and several children who are seen in the opening and closing ...

Teacher resource

Yolngu sea country: clans and kinship

This is a resource about the kinship system of the Yolngu people of Blue Mud Bay and the Gove peninsula in Arnhem Land. Consisting of an information sheet and an illustration of members of the Marika family, it explains that the principal element of the Yolngu kinship system is membership of a particular clan in either ...