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Food and Australian Cuisine
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This course focuses on the development of Australian food habits over time and the impact of this on Australian culture, particularly food today. Activities directly link the issues of nutrition, health and technology and food, requiring students to consider the impact of one on the other. A significant component of this course will be an examination of food from around the world and International Cuisine. Students will prepare and present a wide variety of foods and further develop their skills in this area.

  • Discipline: Food Studies
  • Topic: Cooking
  • Prior knowledge: Nil
  • Age range: 14-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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From Ten to Teen
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From Ten to Teen looks at the changes that both males and females go though during puberty. The major focus of this unit of work is on puberty and hygiene issues but basic reproduction is also covered.

  • Discipline: Health and Personal Development
  • Topic: In this learning element students will learn about puberty, hygiene and basic reproduction.
  • Prior knowledge: Basic understanding of health and puberty.
  • Age range: 11-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Toys & Games
Toys & Games
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What is a toy?

Toys through the ages

Toys from Indigenous culture

 

  • Discipline: HistoryArts, Science & Technology, Mathematics and English
  • Topic: What is a toy? Toys through the ages, Toys around the world, How are toys marketed?
  • Prior knowledge: Play is an important ingredient in life. Toys are the tools for play. Children have a natural urge to play with things. Participation in co-operative games. Recount and procedural text writing.
  • Age range: 1-2
  • Publisher: Self-published
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A comparison of two versions of The Three Little Pigs using the Four Resources Model
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This Learning Element analyses visual and linguistic differences between two versions of The Three Little Pigs. Use of the Four Resources Model is supported by strategies from First Steps (W.A. Dept Ed) resource books.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Visual Literacy, Critical Literacy. This Learning Element examines two versions of the Traditional Tale of The Three Little Pigs, analyses the visual and linguistic differences between these texts.
  • Prior knowledge: A diverse cohort of learners, students have had a range of visual and linguistic experiences at home and school.
  • Age range: 5-8
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Water Works
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An eight week learning element that concentrates on the Water Cycle. The learning element introduces students to where water is located naturally in their community and how water is supplied to Canberra. The learning is extended in our responsibility to care for water as it is a natural resources that supports various walks of life.

  • Discipline: Science, Mathematics, English, Drama
  • Topic: Water Cycle and Water as a Resource
  • Prior knowledge: A range of experiences involving water
  • Age range: 6-8
  • Publisher: Self-published
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A literacy focus on Rex by Ursula Dubosarsky
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This learning element uses the shortlisted book 'Rex' by Ursula Dubosarsky for students to work collaboratively across multiage groups. Students will explore literacy concepts and produce a text innovation on a favourite pet/animal.

 

  • Discipline: English and visual arts
  • Topic: Literacy including visual critical literacy
  • Prior knowledge: How to use a digital camera, knowledge of narratives, some spelling and grammar conventions, and that Rex was shortlisted for book week.
  • Age range: 2-4
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Investigating friendship, narratives, emails and visual literacy through Amy and Louis
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This learning element explores friendships through a literacy focus. Students develop their social skills and communication skills through role plays, writing a narrative, creating a storyboard and an artwork and writing emails and letters.

  • Discipline: English, the arts and technology
  • Topic: This literacy based learning element focuses on the importance of communication skills through gesture, words and images. It includes social skills and relationships, writing narratives, letters and emails, and creating art works.
  • Prior knowledge: Exposure to stories but not necessarily to the metalanguage of narratives.
  • Age range: 5-6
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Senior Probability
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  • Discipline: Mathematics
  • Topic: Probability
  • Prior knowledge: The curriculum does not cover any probability or chance units in year 7 or 8
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Pythagoras
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  • Discipline: Mathematics
  • Topic: Establishing and applying Pythagoras’ theorem
  • Prior knowledge: Right angled triangles, square numbers, multiplication, addition and subtraction of two digit numbers, division, effective calculator use
  • Age range: 13-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Giving through Garden Design
Giving through Garden Design
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The unit provides opportunities for students to explore how community and cultural links are maintained in different settings as well as building upon prior knowledge of sustainability and "giving" to self and others.

  • Discipline: SoSE
  • Topic: Sustainability, Giving
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  • Age range: 10-12
  • Publisher: Self-published
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