This unit is based on the Foundation Australian Curriculum HASS Inquiry Skills, Knowledge and Understandings.

In this unit, students will learn to explain why places are special and explore caring for special places. They will explore special places within their school, whilst using locational language.

They will use their five senses to observe the features of a place and how they feel about various places. They will discuss how to care for special places, such as the different ways to care for their school.

As part of the inquiry, students will independently make observations of a special place, draw a bird’s eye view map, label its features and design a poster to describe how to care for the special place. They will then use the skills learnt in this unit to discuss and make suggestions on how to care for their home.

9 x 1 hour lessons
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Australian Curriculum - (QLD/SA/WA/NT/TAS/ACT)


Pose questions about past and present objects, people, places and events


Collect data and information from observations and identify information and data from sources provided


Sort and record information and data, including location, in tables and on plans and labelled maps


Sequence familiar objects and events


Explore a point of view


Compare objects from the past with those from the present and consider how places have changed over time


Interpret data and information displayed in pictures and texts and on maps


Draw simple conclusions based on discussions, observations and information displayed in pictures and texts and on maps


Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant


Present narratives, information and findings in oral, graphic and written forms using simple terms to denote the passing of time and to describe direction and location


The representation of the location of places and their features on simple maps and models


The places people live in and belong to, their familiar features and why they are important to people


The reasons why some places are special to people, and how they can be looked after



Demonstrates developing skills of historical inquiry and communication


Communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools


Identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people



Collect and record geographical data and information from the field and other sources


Represent data and the location of places and their features by constructing tables, plans and labelled maps


Interpret data and information to draw conclusions and describe the direction and location of places, using terms such as north, south, opposite, near, far


Identify the content features of primary sources when describing the significance of people, places or events


Representation of the location of places and their features on maps and models, including a globe, and the location of the major geographical divisions of the world in relation to Australia


Reasons why some places are special and some places are important to people and how they can be looked after


Students will:

  • Learn how to care for special places
  • Learn why we need to care for special places.
  • Identify the reasons places are important to us.
  • Understand how to make observations.
  • Be introduced to various view of maps, including bird's eye view.
Learning Intention
  • We are learning to create story maps or models to represent the location of places and features.
  • We are learning to identify the places we live in and belong to, e.g. neighbourhood, suburb, town, and describe the features of these places.
  • We are learning to understand the reasons why some places are special to people, and how they can be looked after.
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