October offers us a multitude of reasons to think about the environment, and to consider the world and our place in it. For example, did you know that September is
Save the Koala month? Below you’ll find some inspiration to create discussion or activities with your students about one of Australia’s national icons.
The calendar for September and October is pretty full, with the UN International Day of Peace,
World Rivers Day, Community Safety Month, and the Global Cardboard Challenge
all taking place over the coming weeks. See our calendar of events at the bottom of this newsletter for specifics.
Or, if you want to look further afield, World Space Week is only “one small step” away. We’ve compiled some suggested resources to explore space in your classrooms, below.
October is Save the Koala Month
Koalas are arguably one of Australia’s most recognisable animals. Yet despite their appeal to Australians and tourists alike, and efforts to protect native populations, they remain a threatened species
under national environmental law.
Opportunities to explore issues such as environmental protection abound in the Australian Curriculum. The Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum points students to investigate the impact of human and natural events on landscapes and populations. Science and Geography offer opportunities to explore the biology of koalas and other vulnerable species as well as considering the importance of environments to animals and people. Environmental campaigns and the media provides rich material for issue-based studies in English and civics and citizenship education looking at how effective lobbying and fund raising are in supporting environmental and fauna causes.
World Space Week: October 4–10
Tap into the wonder and curiosity children have about our solar system and the vast expanses of the universe. Find out about the ways in which scientists have made discoveries and continue to uncover new ideas. For younger children compare what life would be like as an astronaut, in Year 5 students study the solar system, and for older students the concept of light years is always a mind bender!