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NSW Syllabuses

Geography K–10 - Stage 2 The Earth's Environment

Outcomes

A student:

  • GE2-1

    examines features and characteristics of places and environments

  • GE2-2

    describes the ways people, places and environments interact

  • GE2-3

    examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments

  • GE2-4

    acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry

  • Key inquiry questions

  • How does the environment support the lives of people and other living things?
  • How do different views about the environment influence approaches to sustainability?
  • How can people use places and environments more sustainably?
  • CONTENT FOCUS

  • Students explore the climate, natural vegetation and native animals of places in Australia and Asia. They examine the importance of natural vegetation and natural resources to the environment, animals and people and learn about the ways people value environments, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Students identify sustainable practices and recognise that there are differing views on how sustainability can be achieved.
  • Content

  • Different environments 
  • Students:
  • investigate the natural characteristics of Australia and a country in Asia, for example:  (ACHGK020) A
  • Significance of environments
  • Students:
  • investigate the importance of natural vegetation and natural resources to the environment, animals and people, for example:  (ACHGK021, ACHGK022, ACHGK024)
  • identification of types of natural vegetation eg forests, grasslands, deserts VR
  • explanation of the importance of natural vegetation to animals and the functioning of the environment eg provision of habitats, production of oxygen F SECCT
  • discussion of the importance of natural vegetation and natural resources to people eg provision of food, medicine, fuel, timbers, fibres, metals F LWE
  • Perception of environments
  • Students:
  • investigate the ways people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, value environments, for example:  (ACHGK022, ACHGK023, ACHGK024) AHC
  • discussion of why people value environments differently eg cultural, agricultural, commercial, recreational values SEWE
  • description of how custodial responsibility for Country/Place influences Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ views of the environment AHCSEL
  • Protection of environments
  • Students:
  • investigate sustainable practices that protect environments, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, for example:  (ACHGK023, ACHGK024, ACHGK025) AHCSE
  • examination of how environments can be used sustainably eg sustainable agricultural, commercial and recreational practices SE
  • discussion of ways waste can be managed sustainably VR SECC
  • examination of how the practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples support the sustainable use of environments eg use of resources AHCSECCT