Quick summary: Students are introduced to the topic of urban development and town planning, choosing one of these depending on what is used in their local area. They begin by activating their prior knowledge of these terms. Students then consider what forms urban development or town planning can take, and consider some of the stakeholders in the decision-making around urban development projects. Finally, students are introduced to The Bays as an example of a real world, ongoing urban renewal project.
Lesson developed in partnership with the UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation.
- Students will understand what urban development or town planning is (depending on what is used in your local area).
- Students will recognise some of the key features of urban development or town planning projects.
- Students will identify some of the stakeholders in urban development projects.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 5 HASS
- The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them (ACHASSK113)
- Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI094)
Year 6 HASS
- Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (ACHASSI122)
Syllabus outcomes: Stage 3 – Geography
- explain interactions and connections between people, places and environments (GE3-2)
- compare and contrast influences on the management of places and environments (GE3-3)
- acquire, process and communicate geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry (GE3-4)
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.8.
Relevant parts of Year 5 HASS achievement standards: Students identify and describe the interconnections between people and the human and environmental characteristics of places. They identify the effects of these interconnections on the characteristics of places and environments, and develop questions for an investigation.
Relevant parts of Year 6 HASS achievement standards: Students develop appropriate questions to frame an investigation.
Topics: Sustainability, Social Issues
Unit of work: The Bays – Year 5 to 6
Time required: 80 minutes.
Level of teacher scaffolding: High – oversee discussions and lead students in development proposal analysis activity.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student. Enough printed copies of Community Profiles Activity for small group work. A device capable of presenting a website to the class.
Keywords: The Bays, urban development, town planning.
All photo images in this lesson are licensed to UrbanGrowthNSW.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.