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Humanities and social sciences / Year 5 / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography

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Curriculum content descriptions

The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them (ACHASSK113)

Elaborations
  • comparing how people have responded to climatic conditions in similar and different places and explaining why most Australians live close to the coast compared to inland Australia
  • investigating the influence of landforms (for example, river valleys such as the Murray-Darling, Yellow (Huang He), Yangtze, Amazon, Mekong or Ganges), on the development of settlements that are involved in food and fibre production
  • examining the effects of landforms (for example, valleys, hills, natural harbours and rivers) on the location and characteristics of their place and other places they know
  • exploring the extent of change in the local environment over time and the impact of change on ecosystems
  • exploring how a unique environment is used and managed (for example, settlement and human use of Antarctica and the practices and laws that aim to manage human impact)
  • examining how the use of the space within their local place is organised through zoning
  • investigating a current local planning issue (for example, redevelopment of a site, protection of a unique species), exploring why people have different views on the issue, and developing a class response to it
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Communities,  Landforms,  Climate,  Human settlements,  Environmental influences,  Urban planning

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CFA Bushfires - a geography resource for Australian students

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Royal Agricultural Show: primary school resources

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Staying healthy

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Bushfire education: radiant heat

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Digital Stories of the Land

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Great Barrier Reef

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Places we protect

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Drought and flood in the Murray-Darling Basin

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