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Geography

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Across the school in classrooms, students explore concepts relating to their local community. Students broaden this knowledge to learn about their local community as part of Australia, then further conceptualising Australia as part of the world.

Students have been studying why some places are special to them and how they can care for that environment. Students explore places in the local school environment such as the shops and local parks and talk about the people that use these places. Students also explore community helpers that we come into contact with as we access the community. Students gather this information by observing, talking to others and viewing, reading and/or listening to texts. They use geographical tools such as maps and communicate geographical information in a range of forms. information by observing, talking to others and viewing, reading and/or listening to texts. They use geographical tools and communicate geographical information in a range of forms. why some places are special or important to people and how they care for them. They recognise that places can be represented on mapswhy some places are special or important to people and how they care for them. They recognise that places can be represented on mapswhy some places are special or important to people and how they care for them. They recognise that places can be represented on mapswhy some places are special or important to people and how they care for them. They recognise that places can be represented on mapswhy some places are special or important to people and how they care for them. They recognise that places can be represented on mapswhy some places are special or important to people and how they care for them. They recognise that places can be represented on maps

Students also learn about the world through units of work. During Community Access to local shopping centres, students' collect travel brochures from Flight Centre. Upon returning to school, students research this country. They learn about the weather, sites they may see, activities they might do there and what they might eat. Using this information, students imagine travelling to this country and create an itinerary for their time there. Students are issued with a passport, visit the customs office (the school office) and practice telling someone their name, and where they are going. Students learn about cultures and places around the world and discuss the similarities and differences to their own experiences. These learning experiences are highly engaging and well received by students.