This unit is based on the Foundation Australian Curriculum HASS Inquiry Skills, Knowledge and Understandings for Geography. In this unit students will learn to explain why places are special and explore caring for special places. They will explore special places in school, whilst using locational language. They will use the 5 senses to observe the features of a place and how they feel about places. Students will continue to strengthen their mapping skills, creating a bird’s eye view map of a special place and its features. They will discuss how to care for special places such as different ways to care for school. As part of the inquiry students will design a poster to describe how to care for a special place from within the school. They will then use the skills learnt in this unit to discuss and make suggestions on how to care for their home. 

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Australian Curriculum - (QLD/SA/WA/NT/TAS/ACT)


The features of familiar places they belong to, why some places are special and how places can be looked after


The key concepts in this unit include:

  • Why places are special.
  • Caring for special places e.g. school and home.
  • Special places in school, whilst using locational language.
  • Observe features of a place (5 senses).
  • Mapping – bird’s eye view map and its features.
Learning Intention
  • We are learning to identify the places we live in and belong to, e.g. neighbourhood, suburb, town and describe why these places are important.
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