Activity Introduction

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.

 

Learning intentions:

  • 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

Content descriptions: 

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

Students will

  • 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.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... identify different factors of liveability.
  • ... explore how different people have different perceptions of liveability.
  • ... identify the aspects of liveability that are important to them.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... define liveability in their own words and identify some of the factors of liveability.
  • ... participate in a guided discussion around the topic of liveability.
  • ... identify aspects of liveability that are important to them.
  • ... identify aspects of liveability that are important to others.

Teacher content information: Sitting just two kilometres west of the Sydney CBD, The Bays comprises 5.5 kilometres of harbour front, 95 hectares of largely government-owned land and 94 hectares of waterways in Sydney Harbour. Over the next 20 to 30 years The Bays will be renewed into a bustling hub of enterprise, activity and beautiful spaces. Located within the iconic Sydney Harbour, the area wi

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Why does liveability matter?

Activating Prior Knowledge - Drawing Definitions

Work in pairs to discuss what you think each of the following terms mean. Add your ideas in Column A.

Term Column A - Definition Column B - Drawing your definition 
Urban

 

 

 

Urban development/Town planning

 

 

 

Urban renewal

 

 

 

 

Once complete, work together to create a drawing that describes how you think about and understand this term. Add your drawing (rough sketch is fine) to Column B.

Defining Liveability

Your teacher will assign you one of the following sectors from our community.

  • Youth
  • Adults with children
  • Working adults
  • Retirees

You will work in pairs or groups to think about what factors of liveability this sector might rate as most important. Answer the following questions:

a. What sector are we representing?

b. What factors might your demographic rate as important for liveability?

Liveability ...

 
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