Humanities and social sciences / Year 4 / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography

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Curriculum content descriptions

The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people (ACHASSK088)

Elaborations
  • identifying the main types of vegetation, including forest, savannah, grassland, woodland and desert, and explaining the relationship between climate and natural vegetation
  • exploring how vegetation has an important role in sustaining the environment by producing oxygen, protecting food-producing land from erosion, retaining rainfall, providing habitat for animals, sheltering crops and livestock, providing shade for people, cooling urban places, producing medicines, wood and fibre, and making places appear more attractive
  • explaining how people‚Äôs connections with their environment can also be aesthetic, emotional and spiritual
  • explaining the significance of vegetation endemic in the local area to survival of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples (for example, as a source of food, shelter, medicine, tools and weapons)
  • exploring strategies to protect particular environments that provide the habitats for animals (for example, planting bird-attracting vegetation)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Attitudes,  Habitats,  Environmental stewardship,  Climate,  Conservation (Environment),  Sense of place

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