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Curriculum content descriptions

The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably (ACHASSK090)

Elaborations
  • identifying some of the resources produced by the environment and where they come from (for example, water, food and raw materials such as fibres, timber and metals that make the things they use)
  • exploring how some natural resources are used and managed in sustainable and non-sustainable ways
  • identifying renewable and non-renewable resources
  • investigating where a particular renewable natural resource comes from, how it is used and sustainable management strategies (for example, recycling paper or planting more trees)
  • exploring the work of groups and organisations which manage natural resources and/or waste
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Attitudes,  Natural resources,  Human impact,  Sustainable development,  Waste management

Teacher resource

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Royal Agricultural Show: primary school resources

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Sustainability action process: Kitchen gardens (Years 3–6)

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Teacher resource

Seasonal Cycles in Australia

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Interactive Resource

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