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NSW Syllabuses

Geography K–10 - Life Skills Environmental Change and Management – Life Skills


A student:

  • GELS-2

    demonstrates an understanding that places and environments change

  • GELS-3

    explores interactions and connections between people, places and environments

  • GELS-4

    recognises perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues

  • GELS-5

    explores management of places and environments

  • GELS-7

    collects and uses geographical information for inquiry

  • GELS-8

    communicates geographical information

Related Stage 4/5 outcomes: GE4-2, GE4-3, GE4-4, GE4-5, GE4-7, GE4-8, GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-4, GE5-5, GE5-7, GE5-8

  • Key inquiry questions

  • Why are environments important?
  • How do people alter the environment?
  • What are the effects of changes to the environment?
  • Why is sustainability and environmental management important?
  • Content focus

  • Students develop an understanding of the effect of people’s actions on the environment. They explore environmentally sustainable practices and reasons for different approaches to environmental management. Students identify causes and consequences of environmental change and investigate strategies to manage an environmental change sustainably.
  • Geographical concepts, skills and tools

  • Content including knowledge, understanding, concepts, skills and tools should be integrated to provide meaningful learning experiences for students. Refer to the Overview of teaching and learning.
  • Content

  • Environments
  • Students:
  • investigate the importance of their local environment  eg to provide food, shelter
  • investigate the role of environments eg to support life
  • Environmental changes
  • Students:
  • investigate changes to their local environment caused by people VR
  • explore ways people alter the environment eg clear trees for buildings, pollute the air F
  • examine the environmental effects of people’s actions eg loss of habitat, declining biodiversity, climate change F CCT
  • Environmental management
  • Students:
  • identify ways their local environment is managed eg fencing and signs, restricted parking, native vegetation VR SECCT
  • investigate environmentally sustainable practices eg water and energy efficiency programs, environment protection plans, rotational grazing SEPSC
  • explore ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples manage their environment eg controlled use of fire, seasonal harvest calendars AHCSE
  • examine the advantages and disadvantages for protecting the environment eg protect biodiversity, economic utilisation of the environment SELWE
  • identify why people have different views to environmental management eg government development projects versus community preservation action, one country compared to another CCTCCDD