- investigate how the location of places can be represented, for example: (ACHGK001)
- location of familiar and local places on maps
- description of the location of places
Background Notes for Teachers
The focus of these activities is on developing an understanding of the features and uses of pictorial maps and using the language of position to describe location.
Pictorial maps are a geographical tool that can be used to represent data in geographical inquiries. A pictorial map is defined by the NSW Geography K-10 syllabus as ‘a map using illustrations to represent information on a map’. Pictorial maps are usually represented from a bird’s eye view or from a slanted angle.
Positional language includes: across, around, over, past, through, under, beside, behind, between, near, far, above, below.
NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum Geography K–6
- GEe‑1 identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people
- GEe‑2 communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools
Geographical Inquiry Skills
Acquiring geographical information
- pose questions and make observations (ACHGS001)
- record geographical data and information (ACHGS002)
Processing geographical information
- represent data using charts or graphs (ACHGS003)
- draw conclusions based on discussions of observations (ACHGS004)
Communicating geographical information
- present information (ACHGS005)
- reflect on their learning (ACHGS006)
- Place: the significance of places and what they are like (e.g places students live in and belong to and why they are important).
- Space: the significance of location and spatial distribution, and ways people organise and manage the spaces that we live in (e.g location of a place in relation to other familiar places).
- Environment: the significance of the environment in human life, and the important interrelationships.
Learning across the curriculum
- Information and communication technology capability
- Critical and creative thinking
- Personal and social capability