Quick summary: Students investigate liveability in an urban context. They begin the lesson by exploring the definition of terms such as urban and urban development and renewal. Students then explore the concept of liveability by participating in a guided discussion around an introductory video. Students then participate in a barometer activity to determine which factors of liveability are important to them, before thinking about how liveability preferences might vary between different ages and demographics within a community. Students explore the example of The Bays and the liveability factors used to guide its renewal.
Lesson developed in partnership with the UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation.
- Students will identify different factors of liveability.
- Students explore how different people have different perceptions of liveability.
- Students identify the aspects of liveability that are important to them.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Year 7 Geography
- Factors that influence the decisions people make about where to live and their perceptions of the liveability of places (ACHGK043)
- Present findings, arguments and ideas in a range of communication forms selected to suit a particular audience and purpose; using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS053)
Year 8 Geography
- Present findings, arguments and ideas in a range of communication forms selected to suit a particular audience and purpose; using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS061)
Syllabus outcomes: Stage 4 Geography
- locate and describe the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places and environments (GE4-1)
- examine perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues (GE4-4)
- explain differences in human wellbeing (GE4-6)
- communicate geographical information using a variety of strategies (GE4-8)
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.5.
Relevant parts of Year 7 Geography achievement standards: Students describe how the characteristics of places are perceived and valued differently. They present findings and arguments using relevant geographical terminology and digital technologies in a range of communication forms.
Relevant parts of Year 8 Geography achievement standards: Students present findings, arguments and ideas using relevant geographical terminology and digital technologies in a range of appropriate communication forms.
Topics: Sustainability, Social issues.
Unit of work: The Bays – Year 7 to 8.
Time required: 60 min.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in guided and class discussions, oversee activities.
Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Internet access.
Keywords: The Bays, urban renewal, urban development, town planning, liveability.
All photo images and icons 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.