These resources support teachers in developing teaching and learning programs.

Using the National Literacy and Numeracy learning progressions in geography

The following sample lesson plans aim to assist teachers to implement the National Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions into geography learning and teaching programs. They are a guide and may be amended and adapted to suit individualised learning and teaching programs.

How can the learning progressions help geography teachers?

The progressions can be used to identify the capabilities of students. The learning progression indicators give teachers a clear foundation to target student learning needs and improve achievement of course outcomes.

The progressions provide teachers with the anatomy of literacy and numeracy. They can be used to link students’ work samples to the indicators and can assist teachers in identifying the next phase in learning the skills of literacy and numeracy across and between indicators.

How do geography teachers use the learning progressions in their daily work?

Teachers can use the progressions to support the development of targeted learning and teaching programs and to set clearer goals for students.They can use this model as a starting point to identify literacy and numeracy aspects within their existing teaching and learning programs. From this identification, engagement with the learning progressions can begin.

Remember that the NSW Syllabuses for the Australian Curriculum are mandatory documents that set the expectation for student achievement and inform teaching practice. The learning progressions are a tool to enhance this.

Sample lesson plans with literacy and numeracy learning progressions

Stage 4 Landscapes and landforms – with learning progressions

Stage 4 Place and liveability – with learning progressions

Stage 4 Place and liveability – environmental quality – with learning progressions

Stage 4 Water in the world – with learning progression

Stage 4 Interconnections – with learning progressions

Stage 5 Sustainable biomes – with learning progressions

Stage 5 Environmental change and management – with learning progressions

Stage 5 Environmental change and management – environments – with learning progressions

Stage 5 Human wellbeing – with learning progressions

Learning across the curriculum content

  • The K-10 cross curriculum resource Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures (DOCX 122KB) provides teaching and learning activities and links to resources to integrate the teaching of the key concepts of Country/Place, Culture and People with the content and outcomes of the syllabus.
  • The K-10 cross curriculum resource Sustainability (DOCX 176KB) provides ideas to embed the cross curriculum priority of sustainability within a history program through learning snapshots with links to resources across a number of different topics from K–10.
  • The K-10 cross curriculum resource Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia (DOCX 126KB) provides snapshots of learning for each stage with case studies that support teachers to include the diversity of Asia, achievements and contributions of peoples of Asia and Asia-Australia engagement in geography.

Other resources

  • Guide to using picture books in geography K-10 (PDF 1.62 MB) supports teachers to integrate picture books to enhance their geography teaching and programming. It provides examples of learning activities for picture books selected for their geographical and literary value.
  • Using picture books for intercultural understanding: Learning across the curriculum (PDF 1.55MB) is a resource for geography, history, English, creative arts K-10. The resource suggests learning activities based around picture books selected for their value in developing intercultural understandings and their literary worth.
  • Geography terminology continuum K-10 (DOCX 67.83KB) - The geography terminology continuum provides a list of essential vocabulary required of the NSW syllabus for the Australian curriculum K-10 geography.
  • Geography for those new to teaching the subject is a comprehensive resource to support new and out of subject teachers to develop their skills and confidence in teaching geography. The resource unpacks the Geography K-10 syllabus in detail and includes a number of resources to support teachers in the use of Geographical tools in the classroom and fieldwork opportunities.
  • Geography Toolkit K-10 unpacks the Tools continuum in Geography K-10 Syllabus. All students, in Geography K-10, have to use and integrate geographical tools throughout the geographical inquiry process. This resource provides examples of a variety of geographical tools and suggested stages where they can be applied.

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