Journey versus Destination: How do the journey and the 'destination' shape our personal growth?
Year 1 – 2: English, Design, Creativity, Interpersonal Development, Personal Learning, ICT
Students explore the meaning of success. Through practical, hands-on activities, students investigate their values and self esteem and look at the relative importance and enjoyment of the 'Journey versus the Destination'. A culminating Games Gala provides the opportunity for students to work in groups to plan and implement a major event at their school; students assess realistically their personal and group contribution and focus positively on their future personal development.
Let’s Get Moving!: How do things move?
Kindergarten - Science & Technology, Human Society and its Environment, English, Mathematics
Kindergarten students begin to learn about how living and non-living things differ. Through exploring how living and non living things move, they discover energy and the idea of push and pull. Students have fun, experimenting with how their own living bodies move, and also investigate how their non-living, favourite toys move and are propelled. They also begin to practise early analysis skills by predicting and experimenting with energy and movement in toy cars.
Courtyard Blitz: How do we see change?
Year 2, Science, SOSE, Mathematics, HPE, Arts, English, Technology
Students consider the changes that occur all around us and the reasons behind them. Focusing on plants, students proceed to explore in details the needs of plant life, and undertake a practical, cooperative project to design and create a garden for the school community.
Mighty Minibeasts: Are some little things in life as important as big things?
Years 2-4, Science, English, Information and Communications Technology, Thinking Processes
Students explore the role of minibeasts in our lives and within ecosystems. Could we survive without them? A Minibeast Zoo is created for visitors, where students also present their discoveries to parents, friends and the school community. In this unit, students use the Showing Evidence and Visual Ranking Tools to enhance their learning, and to help them compare perspectives and form conclusions.
Growing Pains: How do they hurt?
Years 3-4, Humanities, English, Communication, Thinking, The Arts, Civics & Citizenship, Interpersonal Development
In this simulation, students travel back in time and experience life through the eyes of people at the Victorian goldfields in different circumstances and with different perspectives. They are encouraged to compare and reflect on the lives of individuals during this time and to understand the impact events from this era had on the development of society as we now know it. Comparisons will also be made with life between time eras.
How Much Is Enough?: Making informed choices about how we use water
Years 5 – 9: Mathematics and Citizenship
Students explore the values, behaviours and lifestyles which support environmental sustainability.
The unit’s Curriculum Framing Questions guide students through a series of learning sequences in which they investigate their own use of water at home and at school, and probe for hidden usage in food, packaging, transport. Students develop their communication skills as they become persuasive promoters of behaviours and lifestyles which harmonise with sustainable use of resources.
This unit is readily adaptable to focus on other consumables such as electricity, gas, packaging, fuel or food.
Romeo and Juliet: a story for all time: How can I better understand myself and my world?
Year 9 –English
Through Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, students investigate the author’s approach to illustrating many of society’s ongoing issues. They analyse the characters, themes, social issues and their impact on the story line. The students will be expected to maintain a regular entry/report/reflection on a class wiki about their studies. Students reflect on the timeless, universal relevance of the story, and how literature can improve their understanding of themselves and people.
Antarctica: How do humans impact on an environment?
Years 5-6 (Stage 3), Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), English, Science and Technology
Students will investigate Australia’s involvement in Antarctica and the environmental issues. Activities include research, comparative studies, projections of data, creation of web pages, brochures, multimedia presentations and debates.
‘Konichiwa Mate!’: Who lives and travels in our world?
Year 6, Literacy, Numeracy, Studies of Society and Environment, Languages Other Than English, ICT
Students will compare and contrast the Australian and Japanese cultures and identities. They will also research and compare local and national tourist attractions and design a well-informed, detailed travel itinerary for Japanese exchange students, culminating in a travel expo for visitors.
Calling Australia Home: Who Are Australians?
Years 6 - 8 – English, History, Interpersonal Learning
History comes alive for students as they develop immigrant personas and become immigrants who make the journey to Australia. Once on Australian soil, they experience the immigration process Throughout this process, students create files that illustrate their personal experiences. Students then assume the roles of their immigrants and share their experiences with the class. This exercise in creating historical fiction enables students to understand the motivations of immigrants and the challenges they faced.
Stories That Work: What Works for My Writing?
Year 7, English, Communication, Personal Learning, Thinking Processes
Students produce a fantasy narrative to be shared with primary school students after using web 2.0 tools and graphic organisers to plan and reflect on successful story writing.
Data – Facts or Fiction?: How do we make decisions?
Year 7, Mathematics, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
This unit focuses on how data can be used to indicate attitudes and behaviour concerning healthy food and lifestyle. Students carry out research amongst their peers and learn about presentation and misrepresentation of data. They draw their own conclusions based on research and analysis and present them to the school community through an informative website.
1813: Destination Australia: Why take risks?
Years 7-8, English, Mathematics, Humanities, Information and Communications Technology, Thinking Processes, Interpersonal Development
Students role play the journey from England to Australia on a convict transport ship in the year 1813. Working together to solve the challenges that are presented to them, they learn the importance of cooperating as a team and recognize the value of the specialized skills of key crew members on board the ship. In this unit, students use the Seeing Reason Tool to increase their understanding of the relationship between key crew members’ roles and the success of the journey.
Old McDonald’s Farm: How have Europeans impacted on Australia?
Year 8, Science, Economics, Communication, Interpersonal Development
Students investigate the effects of introduced species on the Australian flora & fauna as well as the economic effects. They will work in groups to develop a land management plan for a rural environment. Explicit teaching will also be used to guide students through the process.
Survivor: Can planet Earth survive?
Years 9, Science
Students embark on a journey of discovery about the structure and processes of planetary geology and explore the impact of human action, behaviour and perspectives. They investigate how we know about the structure of the planet; the formation of natural resources and the extraction of them from the earth and how the use of these natural resources has an impact on the environment. The unit incorporates the ethical issues surrounding the use of these resources. Students will research human impact on the planet including pollution, exhaustion of natural resources and global warming.
Maths On Track!: What Makes For Success?
Year 11, Mathematics
Using the exciting context of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, students use maths to better appreciate the value of working in teams in order to achieve success. They use and develop their maths skills to discover more about the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne and its challenges, and reflect on their findings and the importance of team work in the world at large. Students use the Seeing Reason Tool to help visualize their thinking about cause and effect relationships, and develop their oral, written and multimedia communications skills using a blog, group discussions and videoed interviews.