HSIE K-6 Stage 1: Places and Environments
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Resources for students to learn about uses of places in their local area
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Stage 1 teaching resources

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Olivia Bratsanos's comment, April 16, 2013 8:18 AM
To gather a global perspective for the children at Darlington Public School, I have decided to use the curriculum support to facilitate my planning in this area. For the ENS1.5 outcome children need to be introduced to the earth through the representation of the globe. A discussion around which parts of the globe are made up of land and which parts are made of water should take place. A discussion around north and southern hemispheres should also take place as well as locating Australia on the Map as well as China.

The classes then need to look at the differences and similarities between China and Australia on the map. For example, Australia is surrounded by water and China is surrounded by neighboring countries (land). From our discussion of maps from the Dr Seuss book we will have read, I would then get the children to identify natural landmarks on the maps of Australia and China like Mountains, rivers and cities. All of these things will help them identify the relationships between people and environments. Since I also grew up in Hong Kong I have a lot of knowledge base to draw from when comparing the use of local areas in China and the use of the local area in Sydney.
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There's a Map on My Lap!: All About Maps

Reading from the book "There's a Map on My Lap!: All about Maps" by Tish Rabe, Aristides Ruiz (Illustrator) From the Cat in the Hat's Learning Library Voice:...
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Olivia Bratsanos's comment, April 17, 2013 8:22 PM
There’s a map on my lap is an online you tube clip retelling the story of the Dr Suess book. It’s purpose is to introduce map reading to young children. It initiates geographical terms to young children such as North, East, South and West and other simple geographical terms. The books is written in rhyme and therefore allows children to rote learn the new vocabulary to give them confidence and join in with the rhymes. The video of the book allows the children to hear and read the story at the same time, which enables the readers who are struggling to access the text.

If we are looking at the uses of local places in the area I think it is very important to introduce map reading to the children. Maps identify the important landmarks of the local area such as the hospital and police station. As a class we could then have a discussion on how important it is to know these specific places in your local area in case of an emergency. Onward from this activity children could make their own maps of the area or even their bedroom so they understand how to show people where something is. Although the online resource is simple, I believe it would be an effective teaching tool for stage 1 children as it is interactive.
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map of darlington NSW - Google Search

map of darlington NSW - Google Search | HSIE K-6 Stage 1: Places and Environments | Scoop.it

As an introduction to learning about the uses of places in their local area for Darlington Public School stage 1, I decided that I would need to take the children on a walk around the local area so they could take pictures of  natural and built up features to make comparisions between the both. This online map of the Darlington/Redfern area will help me plan for the excursion with the children taking into account important places they need to see within the area. 

 

It is important to for the children to realise the uses of their surrounding areas and think about what the people of Darlington and Redfern use them for every day. On the excursion i would like children to take pictures of what they think are natural features of the environment surrounding them and the built up features. Before going on the excursion we would have a class discussion about what we think is the difference between natural and built up features. For example discussing what they think the park is used for as opposed to the post office. Going on a walk around the local area will hopefully allow them to understand how people interact with the different features in the area. On the walk children can take pictures in groups as well as try to draw some of the things that they see.

 

 

 

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Home | My Place for teachers

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Olivia Bratsanos's comment, April 16, 2013 7:39 AM
‘My Place’ is a picture book that traces the history of one small part of Australia and the people who have lived there. As time unfolds rhythmically through the book children describe their homes, their families, their pets and their surroundings. The book is a fantastic way to demonstrate the relationships between environments and people as well as relating back to indigenous culture. The book follows 21 characters though different stages of life in Sydney, Australia. Each story is linked through a fig tree, a map and the creek. These are symbolic to the land and the people who live there. It links place to the original owners of the land and goes on to describe how many different cultures now share it.

The above online resource gives children a chance to watch clips from the TV series ‘My Place’ and to also listen to Nadia Wheatley the author read sections from the book. It would be great to read the book as a class and then to allow the children to go on this website and watch some of the TV series clips or listen to Nadia herself reading the story.

Rich introductions to new stories make them easier to read at the first read. Clay, M (1991) Introducing a new story book to young readers. As we will have had lots of discussion as a class about the uses of the local area, themes in the book should be an easier concept to understand.
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City of Sydney | City Art

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Olivia Bratsanos's comment, April 12, 2013 11:56 PM
The Welcome to Redfern street art project complements community and cultural activities at the Redfern Community Centre and the future Pemulwuy project. The community encourages young aboriginal artists to produce street art on the terrace, to maintain the history of such aboriginal history and activism. This is a fantastic project led by affluent artists in the area to help young budding aboriginal artists feel a sense of importance with their work.

Since such a fantastic project is in the facility of the Darlington Public School, it would be a shame not to share it with the children. It could be a brilliant way to introduce notions about aboriginal art and the history of the Redfern area. As a class we could fit this activity in on our walk and take pictures of the artworks. When we got back to the classroom we could have a discussion about what we saw and try to recreate some of the paintings. I feel that this would consolidate an understanding of the culturally rich environment their school is in and the land it is built on.