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Living Landscapes
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In this unit of work students learn that the world contains many interdependent landscapes categorised by climate. These biomes contain complex and important ecosystems and therefore require understanding and care so that they can to continue to support the vast array of living organisms that exist there. Students also explore ways of giving to their local environment.

How do world climates affect environments? What is the interconnectedness of flora, fauna and humans in biomes? How can we as humans ensure the sustainabilty of biomes? What are the language features and structure of an information report?

  • Discipline: Studies of Society and the Environment
  • Topic: Geography, History, Research and Critical Literacy
  • Prior knowledge: Visual literacy, Writing, Cooperative Reading, History
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Singing Together, Giving Together
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This learning element focuses on the explicit teaching of values (Care and Compassion, Doing Your Best and Respect). The vehicle for teaching these values is the singing outreach program.

  • Discipline: Values for Australian Schooling, Music
  • Topic: Students learn how the values of care and compassion and doing your best can be shown through shared singing. They learn this is community service in practice.
  • Prior knowledge: Students have previously participated in whole school singing and in some aspects of the Music Education Program run by Dr Susan West from the Australian National University.
  • Age range: 4-6
  • Publisher: Self-published
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European Settlement of Australia
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This learning element looks at the settlement of Australia. It also explores Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art to understand the effects of white settlement on Aboriginal Australians. What is important in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art? Why did explorers search for Australia? What was the impact of white settlement on Aboriginal people? What was life like for early white settlers in Australia?

  • Discipline: History, English
  • Topic: Australian Settlement
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  • Age range: 8-10
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Mental Health
Mental Health
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  • Discipline: Learning for Life
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  • Prior knowledge: Nill
  • Age range: 14-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Hatchet - Novel Study
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This learning element focuses on developing students reading skills and understanding of the range of different strategies that are used by effective readers.

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Literature Study
  • Prior knowledge: Co-operative Reading, PEC paragraphs
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Respect and Responsibility: Caring for our Flora
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Students will learn why and how we should care for plants. They will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the different parts of plants and why they are important. In doing so they will explore the values of responsibility and respect for others and working cooperatively in groups.

  • Discipline: Science, English and Studies of Society and the Environment
  • Topic: Students will learn why and how we should care for plants and the important value of responsibility and respect for others and the environment.
  • Prior knowledge: The students come from various cultural backgrounds and there is a wide range of abilities within the class. They are very good at working individually and this unit of work will expand their skills of working cooperatively with others.
  • Age range: 5-6
  • Publisher: Self-published
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The Green Stripe: Exploring Feelings through Visual Arts
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In this Learning Element students will learn how to invoke feeling in the viewer through use of colour. They will develop a language for discussing their work, that of their peers and other Artists.

  • Discipline: Art and English (Oral Language)
  • Topic: Oral Language, Drawing, Painting and Visual literacy. In this Learning Element students will learn how to invoke feeling in the viewer through use of colour.
  • Prior knowledge: Students have learnt some colour theory; warm and cool colours and mixing new colours. They have explored the use of line in drawing. Students have discussed different kinds of feelings and how books and movies impact on feelings.
  • Age range: 5-7
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Great Southern Land
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In this learning element students will be able to locate the states and territories on an Australian map, name the capital cities and identify major landmarks. What are the states and territories of Australia? Can I locate and describe capital cities, landmarks and tourist destinations of Australia? How do I maintain a budget to travel through Australia?

  • Discipline: English, SoSE and Mathematics
  • Topic: In this learning element students will be able to locate the states and territories on an Australian map, name the capital cities and identify major landmarks and tourist destinations.
  • Prior knowledge: Students have undertaken work within groups, examined where Australia is on the world map, read and viewed a range of texts and had experience with addition and subtraction of one and two digit numbers.
  • Age range: 7-10
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Hamlet - Betrayal, Death and Revenge
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Students will explore Hamlet through visual and written texts. They will learn how to reference an essay about a Shakespearean Text, analyse characters, themes and write a literary criticism essay. The unit will culminate with a multimodal presentation

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Shakespeare's Hamlet, reading, writing, speaking and listening, critical literacy, collaborative activities and literary essay writing.
  • Prior knowledge: This is not a Pipe, Between the Flags , Macbeth (year 9), Essay Writing
  • Age range: 15-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Green Eggs and Ham
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Green Eggs and Ham

This course is designed to create awareness in students about how the food we produce and consume contributes to the CO2 emissions, global warming and the effects on health.  Students will study organic food, global warming, carbon footprints, food miles, seasonal foods, animal and human welfare and buying local.  They will study basic cooking methods, working in groups to prepare a wide range of foods.

  • Discipline: Food and Hospitality
  • Topic: Ethical Eating/ Sustainable Cooking
  • Prior knowledge: Understanding the format and structure of a recipe and basic understanding of kitchen safety.
  • Age range: 14-16
  • Publisher: Self-published
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