Early Stage 1 (Year K): Topic 1: People live in places

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Content focus:Students explore the places they live in and belong to. They develop an understanding of what makes a place special and how this may differ for different people. Students learn about the importance of looking after places. Students explore how the location of places can be represented. Geographical concepts:
  • Place: the significance of places and what they are like. For example:places students live in and belong to and why they are important.
  • Space: the significance of location and spatial distribution, and ways people organise and manage the spaces that we live in. For example:location of a place in relation to other familiar places.
  • Environment: the significance of the environment in human life, and the important interrelationships between humans and the environment. For example, how and why places should be looked after.

Important places

Students investigate the importance of places they live in and belong to.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander places
Students investigate the Countries/Places important to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Locating places
Students investigate how the location of places can be represented.

Key inquiry questions:
  • What are places like?
  • What makes a place special?
  • How can we look after the places we live in?
A student:
  • identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people
  • communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools
Inquiry skills:
Acquiring geographical information
  • pose questions and make observations
  • record geographical data and information
Processing geographical information
  • represent data using charts or graphs
  • draw conclusions based on discussions of observations
Communicating geographically
  • present information
  • reflect on their learning
Geographical tools:
  • pictorial maps
  • observing and recording data
Graphs and statistics
  • tally charts, pictographs
Spatial technologies
  • virtual maps
Visual representations
  • photographs, illustrations, story books, multimedia


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Topic 1 Units of work:

Unit 1: People live in places
Unit 2: Maps and mapping
Unit 3: Investigating Sydney's Q Station as an important place