Our Special Places
“Our Special Places”
What’s happened in Early Childhood during Term 4? Well, the focus for this term was a Geography unit called “Our Special Places”. The Australian Curriculum Achievement Standard states that
“by the end Foundation Year, students describe the features of familiar places and recognise why some places are special to people. They recognise that places can be represented on maps and a globe and why places are important to people.
Students observe the familiar features of places and represent these features and their location on pictorial maps and models. They share observations in a range of texts and use everyday language to describe direction and location. Students reflect on their learning to suggest ways they can care for a familiar place.” (Australian Curriculum, 2014).
In order to meet the Achievement Standard, the children discussed the big question of ‘What are places like?’ Children also described, compared, mapped and modelled features of the school and home environment, places which are special to them. The key questions for the unit were ‘what are the school and home environments like’? Students answered associated questions relating to these areas such as ‘where is the place’? ‘How can you get there’? ‘What can you see’? ‘What can you hear’? ‘What do you do’? ‘Who works/goes there’? ‘When do we go’? ‘Why do we go’?
The children really enjoyed this unit and involved themselves immensely. The culminating activity was for the children to work together to make a 3D model of the school playground and then identify their special place within the playground.
Well done Early Childhood!