Geography / Year 8 / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 1: Landforms and landscapes

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Curriculum content descriptions

Spiritual, aesthetic and cultural value of landscapes and landforms for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples  (ACHGK049)

Elaborations
  • discussing the representation of landscapes in literature, song/music, film and art
  • analysing the role of geomorphic landforms and landscapes in tourism (for example, the Grand Canyon in the USA or Uluru in Australia)
  • exploring the multilayered meanings (material, cultural and spiritual wellbeing) associated with landscapes and landforms by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • investigating Aboriginal Dreaming stories and Legends of the Torres Strait concerning the formation, meaning and interconnection of landforms
  • discussing the significance of landforms for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Landforms,  Weathering,  Earth movements,  Sediment transport

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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

GeogSpace: year 8 - exemplar

This is a web page consisting of an overview and four illustrations of practice on the GeogSpace website, a resource for teachers. The illustrations relate to the Geographical Knowledge and Understanding, and the Geographical Inquiry and Skills strands of the Australian Curriculum: Geography. The four illustrations investigate ...

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Through our eyes: series 1

This series of 18 short videos provides insights into the land management practices and social, spiritual and cultural knowledge of the Ngemba, Kamilaroi and Euahlayi Aboriginal language groups in north-western NSW. The videos are presented by the Aboriginal Elders and knowledge-holders and cover a range of topics including ...

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The spread of people to Australia

This is multilayered resource about the theories and evidence of how modern human beings reached Australia. It includes five sections: Origins of the first Australians; The Asian connection; Gateways into a new continent; The first Australians; and Important sites that hold archaeological evidence. The Related links section ...

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Taming the Australian Desert

The Western Desert region of Australia has been lived on, charted and cared for by Aboriginal peoples for tens of thousands of years. European settlers, however, saw the same region as something to be conquered or tamed; full of challenges, extreme weather patterns and landscape. See how Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples ...

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Bardi Jawi Rangers: caring for country

Join Dwayne and Trevor as they show us around their 'office', which must have some of the best views in Australia! They are Bardi Jawi Rangers, working hard to care for country on the Dampier Peninsula in the West Kimberley. See the spectacular landscape they work in and hear why Dwayne and Trevor love their jobs.

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TAR-RU: The story of Lake Victoria

This 46 minute video explores the environmental and cultural impact of a dam on Lake Victoria in south western NSW and current efforts to protect the significant Aboriginal heritage and environmental values of the area. It provides a comprehensive historical case study about the Aboriginal culture at TAR-RU and the effect ...

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Sharing stories: country

This is a rich resource about the importance of Country to Aboriginal people. It consists of an introduction; a teacher guide; two films made by Aboriginal students ('Honeymoon Springs' and 'My country'); and video interviews with Adnyamathanha Elder Terrence Coulthard, Liyadhalinymirr cultural custodian Yingiya Guyula ...

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Coastal adaptation: the beach

This resource is a video about the importance of the beach to Australian culture and lifestyle, and the impact of unavoidable climate change on the coastal areas of Australia. It describes the changes to natural coastal processes, increased coastal erosion and loss of beach width that have occurred as consequences of climate ...

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Kimberley area gets Indigenous protection

This is a resource about the Wunambal Gaambera people’s achievement of native title for 26,000 sq km of their country in the northern Kimberley area of Western Australia and their declaration of about 3,400 sq km as the Uunguu (‘living home’) Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). The resource consists of an online article from ...

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Coastal adaptation: local action

This resource is a video about the role of local councils and communities in responding to climate change. Using examples from several Australian states, the video describes how local government and authorities are responding to the challenges of climate change. It describes the areas of council operations that can be affected, ...

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Yucatan Peninsula: Mayan heritage

Discover ruins of a lost civilisation of the Maya at Tulum, on the Yucatán Peninsula in south-eastern Mexico. See what has become of the civilisation's cenotes, its ancient water resources, as a Maya descendant speaks of his sadness at what has happened to the land of his forebears.

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Yolngu sea country: turtle waters

This is a painting titled 'Rirratjingu at Dhambaliya' by Yolngu artist Dhuwarrwarr Marika showing the rocks, reefs, currents and animals of the sea between Dhambaliya (Bremer Island) and the mainland of north-east Arnhem Land. The painting, which can be enlarged and zoomed, incorporates the distinctive designs ('miny'tji') ...

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Twelve canoes: creation

This is a rich resource about the Creation stories of the Yolngu people of north-east Arnhem Land. Its centrepiece is a short film about the Wangarra, the Creation beings, who shaped the land and created its people, giving them languages and culture. Illustrated by paintings and told by a Yolngu storyteller, the film includes ...

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Welcome to Wollemi National Park

Wollemi National Park is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The traditional owners are the Wiradjuri people. This clip will take you on a guided tour of Dunns Swamp, in the north-west section of the park. The spectacular ancient landscape draws thousands of tourists each year but if you know where to ...

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Why are coral reefs important?

Coral reefs contain a high biodiversity of marine life and they're vital natural assets for coastal communities and cultures. In this clip you will hear from a panel of scientific and community experts as they discuss the importance of coral reefs to billions of people around the world. Discover some perspectives on the ...

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A peak into Australia's alpine region

The Australian Alps are a landscape of mountain ranges and peaks, low foothills and forested valleys. It is the place that inspired the poem 'The Man from Snowy River'. Watch this clip to find out more about the Australian Alps and the animals that inhabit this area.

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Island hopping in a tropical paradise

The Whitsunday Islands, a collection of continental islands close to the mainland, were created when sea levels rose and flooded the valleys. These tropical Queensland islands are a haven for many plant, bird and reptile species. Take a tour of the Whitsundays and the surrounding Great Barrier Reef and see the different landforms.

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Using lasers to fight coastal erosion?

Coastal settlements are often battered by forces of erosion. See how planners use accurate, reliable data about the changing coastline to combat erosion. Take a trip to the beach to see how technology, including GPS and airborne laser systems (Lidar), are lending a hand.

Teacher resource

Significance of landscapes to people

Teachers of students with individual learning needs combine classes as part of their Year 8 unit of study: Landscapes and Landforms. The aim for this lesson is to develop students’ understanding of the connection Aboriginal Peoples have to the land through an interactive story. Teachers use an interactive story designed ...