WA Day Toolkit for Schools

MyWA: Learning Area Resources

MyWA is a collaborative activity between the Department of Education and Celebrate WA. This project provides opportunities for all Western Australian public schools to promote a shared sense of Western Australian community and what it means to be a Western Australian.

The entire collection of curriculum resources, Aboriginal English story books and literature workshops is available to teachers via the Department’s Connect Resources site.

Download a selection of these curriculum resources aligned with the WA Curriculum below.

Learning Area Resouces

Year Three: Humanities and Social Science (HASS)

A road trip around Australia
In this unit, students have the opportunity to review and develop their mapping and research skills as they research and plan a road trip around Western Australia. Students participate in a range of activities to review their prior learning and to scaffold new learning in the area of Geography. Using a variety of sources students will: research, select and mark on a route map towns and/or cities and geographical, cultural and historical landmarks to visit on their journey; choose an appropriate date of travel; research the weather for their chosen destinations; create an itinerary; and, consider what they will need to pack for their journey. Through extension tasks there is the potential for cross-curricular links to History, English and Science.

Outline
Resource – Road trip note-making sheet
Resource – Task sheet and marking guide

Year Four: English

Emblem of choice
In this unit, students have the opportunity to explore the symbols we have to represent our state of Western Australia. They explore how people may have applied the language of persuasion to convince government officials that these symbols are the best to evoke a sense of belonging, pride and identity. The learning experiences will allow students to explore the language and structure of persuasive texts and delve into the historical significance these symbols have to our state.

Outline
Resource – Gogo Fish
Resource – Persuasive text framework
Resource – Task sheet
Resource – Marking guide

Year Five: Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

Civics and citizenship: Volunteering WA
In this unit, students explore why people work in groups to achieve their aims and functions, and exercise influence. Volunteers who work in community groups, such as those in rural fire services, emergency services and youth groups are examples of such groups.

Outline
Resource – Question wheel
Resource – Note-taking graphic organiser
Resource – Letter writing conventions and template

Year Five: The Arts

Heroes are closer than you think!
In this unit, students will explore the way the media uses narrative structures to represent heroic values. Students will choose a local hero who makes Western Australia a better place, interview them and use the narrative structure of documentaries to tell their story. For the Making strand, alternatives are explained if film production equipment is not available.

Outline
Resource – Storyboard template
Resource – Storyboard cell example
Resource – Codes graphic organiser
Resource – Documentary conventions worksheet
Resource – Task sheet
Resource – Marking guide

Year Six: Science

Early innovators
In this unit, students focus on how the process of evaporation was used in the invention of the Coolgardie safe by Arthur Patrick McCormick which enabled settlers and prospectors to keep their food and vegetables from spoiling during the gold rush era. Such was the success of the safe it was used as the household fridge of Australia from the 1890s until the mid-twentieth century. Through a process of discovery, students develop an understanding how evaporation occurs when a liquid absorbs enough heat energy to turn into a gas. They carry out investigations to show how the process of evaporation can have a cooling effect and build a model of a Coolgardie safe to test out evaporation in action.

Outline
Resource – Investigation planner
Resource – Variable grid example

MyWA: Storybooks in Aboriginal English

Story books in Aboriginal English provide teachers and students with a unique resource that recognises and values cultural diversity in Western Australia and uses languages of Aboriginal people.

Working together and a two way approach to teaching, an experienced writer, Aboriginal students, communities and local Aboriginal organisations in Jungdaranung, Kondinin, Medina, Roebourne and Wiluna developed culturally and contextually appropriate story books in Aboriginal English.

The project was informed by the Department’s Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework.

 

 

 

 

 

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