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

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Curriculum content descriptions

The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (ACHASSK112)

Elaborations
  • identifying how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities altered the environment and sustained ways of living through their methods of land and resource management
  • exploring the extent of change in the local environment over time (for example, through vegetation clearance, fencing, urban development, drainage, irrigation, farming, forest plantations or mining), and evaluating the positive and negative effects of change on environmental sustainability
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Human impact,  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,  Australia

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Trees and Country

Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man Bruce Pascoe explains his connection to Country and introduces us to a family of trees. In what ways does Bruce’s relationship with the Earth differ from yours?

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Birds and totems

Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man Bruce Pascoe shares his delight in encountering birds on Country. Bruce explains the significance of Umburra, or black duck, and his obligation to care for the species. Bruce explains that his brothers and sisters look after other animals, such as kangaroos, bream, wallabies, flathead and ...

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Places we protect

This is a rich, multilayered resource about 35 protected Bush Heritage reserves throughout Australia. The resource includes a map of Australia that displays the locations of the 35 reserves. Each location is linked to important information and images including: quick facts; visiting information; the animals, plants and ...

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Farms and people’s connections to them: producer video

This is a video about the operation of the Outback Pride project and the value of the Australian native food produced in conjunction with Aboriginal peoples. To a visual background of the nursery at Reedy Creek in South Australia and some of 25 Aboriginal communities involved in the project in SA and Northern Territory, ...

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Farms have distinctive features: producer video

This is a video about action for sustainability on the Willalooka Pastoral Company's property in South Australia. Owner Thyne McGregor describes the natural characteristics of the extensive property in terms of its rainfall, soil quality and the Marcollat Watercourse. He tells how the property was originally cleared for ...

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Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef and the richest natural ecosystem in the world. But the biodiverse, fragile reef is under threat from human activity.

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Biodiversity – sustainability action process (Years 3–6)

This biodiversity learning resource guides students through an extended school based investigation. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect on their success and their learning.

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Outback House: Mal's perspective

Imagine leaving your home to travel back to about 150 years ago, to live and work on an outback farm. Sixteen Australians take part in a reality TV show about life on 'Oxley Downs', a sheep station built to look and work like an 1860s station. Join Mal Burns, a station hand and member of the Wiradjuri people, as he builds ...

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Murray River crayfish

What is a 'baited remote underwater video station'? Often the most innovative scientific research is used to identify living things under the threat of extinction. Watch this clip to learn more about the shy but curious Murray River crayfish and the scientists intent on ensuring its survival.

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Working life - from colonial times to today

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to work in a mansion, for a wealthy family in the 1870s? How about in the 1930s? What kinds of jobs needed to be done back then? And what do those jobs look like today? Discover how working life has changed over the years by comparing dramatised historical accounts with ...

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Conserving the Great Australian Bight

What do you know of the Great Australian Bight? Learn about some of the unique wildlife that lives here. What makes it such a good habitat for these marine animals? What are some potential threats facing this pristine environment?

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Creatures in the garden

See creepy crawly creatures as you've never seen them before. Discover how important wild creatures are to the health of gardens. Find out how you can entice a wide variety of creatures to a garden you know well!

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A reading intervention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

This teacher resource is about a strategy to improve the reading and writing skills of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at five public high schools in the Australian Capital Territory. The strategy takes a multi-pronged approach that calls for a focus on explicit core literacy strategies and cultural competency. ...

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Upskilling Kimberley Aboriginal Teaching Assistants

This teacher resource describes how the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia worked to support its Aboriginal Teaching Assistants (ATAs) to undertake approved study programs to improve their knowledge, skills and competencies so that they could meet the needs of Aboriginal students and their families in the school ...

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Aboriginal Independent Community Schools Numeracy Strategy

This teacher resource describes a strategy to improve the numeracy levels of low-achieving Aboriginal students in 12 remote Aboriginal Independent Community Schools (AICS) in Western Australia. The method section describes the development of an online portal; professional development for teachers, principals and Aboriginal ...

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Bridging the Numeracy Gap

This teacher resource describes the Bridging the Numeracy Gap strategy, which aimed to build teacher capacity and accelerate learning for mathematically vulnerable students in low socioeconomic status and Aboriginal communities in Victoria and Western Australia. Actions included: implementing a research-based intervention ...

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Getting Ready in Numeracy intervention program

This teacher resource describes a numeracy intervention strategy, Getting Ready in Numeracy (GRIN). Tutors in Victoria worked with small groups to improve numeracy outcomes for students who had been identified as falling behind in mathematics. The resource describes the method used for primary and secondary students and ...

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Representations of Oral Language and Engagement in Mathematics

This is a teacher resource describing a strategy to support teachers of early years mathematics to improve their pedagogical content knowledge in order to improve outcomes for students, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and ESL (English as a second language) students and those in low socioeconomic status ...

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Raising the Bar Closing the Gap maana

This teacher resource is about the maana (moving forward) program that supports Aboriginal students through a whole-school approach to literacy and/or numeracy and cultural inclusion. The program is an extension of the Raising the Bar reform and is implemented in five regional and rural schools in Tasmania. The resource ...

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Accelerated Indigenous Mathematics

This is a teacher resource about the Accelerated Indigenous Mathematics (AIM) program developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students found to be underachieving in mathematics in years 7 to 9. It describes the three-year program to develop understandings of years 3-9 mathematics, replacing the regular program ...