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NSW Syllabuses

Geography K–10 - Life Skills Place and Liveability – Life Skills


A student:

  • GELS-1

    recognises features and characteristics of places and environments

  • 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-6

    investigates differences in human wellbeing

  • GELS-7

    collects and uses geographical information for inquiry

  • GELS-8

    communicates geographical information

Related Stage 4/5 outcomes: GE4-1, GE4-3, GE4-4, GE4-6, GE4-7, GE4-8, GE5-1, GE5-3, GE5-4, GE5-6, GE5-7, GE5-8

  • Key inquiry questions

  • Where do people live?
  • What are the features of the different places where people live?
  • What factors influence where people live?
  • How do people connect to the place they live?
  • Content focus

  • Students examine where people live and the features of places. They explore factors influencing people’s decisions about where to live. Students investigate ways in which people contribute to their community and the ways people care for their local environment. 
  • 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

  • Where I live
  • Students:
  • investigate features and characteristics of the local environment eg school canteen, playground, bushland, parks, shops, cinema M
  • identify positive and negative features of the local environment eg parks and trees, public transport, graffiti FVR CCT
  • People live in different places
  • Students:
  • investigate various places where people live eg towns, cities, villages, Country M AHCIUCC
  • identify features that make a place liveable eg environment, access to food, water, shelter, access to schools, hospitals, transport, recreational facilities F ICTLDD
  • identify features that make a place unliveable eg lack of water, shelter VR
  • compare TWO contrasting places and the features that make them liveable or unliveable CCT
  • Factors that influence where people live
  • Students:
  • explore reasons why people live where they do eg recreation and hobbies, family and friends, job opportunities, cost of living CCT
  • communicate how culture influences where people live eg moving from place to place, moving to other countries IUDD
  •  investigate why people feel connected to a place eg spiritual, sensory, emotional attachment AHCPSC
  • How people contribute to the place they live in
  • Students:
  • investigate ways in which they contribute to their community eg through school leadership, being part of a sporting team or musical band, volunteering for a community organisation CC
  • share ideas about how people care for their local environment eg participating in conservation activities, local action groups VR SEPSC