Posts Tagged ‘Integrated Curriculum’

Where Australia’s immigrants were born: Melbourne

Click on the map of Melbourne below to be transported to an AMAZING website from the SBS! This is a terrific starting point for your next task in your Cultural Diversity Inquiry Project.

The map on this website reveals the top three birthplaces for immigrants in suburbs and towns across Australia. You can also access a map revealing birthplaces excluding English and New Zealand immigrants.

When you head to this website, rollover suburbs with your finger on the iPad for more detailed information. Zoom and drag for a view of other cities and the nation as a whole.Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 12.31.07 pm

Group Learning Task for Week 3


Complete the following questions in your English book:

1. Summarise the BtN story about migration cuts.

2. Why was immigration encouraged after the Second World War?

3. How does the Government decide how many immigrants are allowed to stay in Australia?

4. What are skilled migrants?

5. Why are they important to the Australian economy?

6. Why has the Government decided to cut the number of skilled migrants?

7. Why do some people disagree with this?

8. Do you think the Government should reduce the number of skilled migrants? Explain your answer.

9. Use three adjectives to describe the influence of immigration on Australia.

10. Has your thinking about immigration changed since watching the BtN story? Why or why not?


After discussing our responses 6T created a vocabulary list to ensure we were correctly spelling the keywords from the text. Use the reading strategy ‘Finsing Word Meaning in Context’ to create 12 sentences that correctly use these words and define their meaning.

For example. The students were studying hard to complete their course in order to gain employment and successfully get a job at the end.

  1. employment
  2. economy
  3. immigrants
  4. immigrated
  5. migration
  6. government
  7. citizen
  8. document
  9. opportunity
  10. opportunities
  11. population
  12. emigrated

As a group, discuss and record what you think it means to be Australian. 

Guest Speaker at the Diamond Valley (Yarra Plenty Regional) Library

Mariam Issa – refugee and Community Gardener

Mariam recently featured on Gardening Australia and in the Age. The grade 6 team visited the library today to listen to Mariam’s story as she talked about her book on resilience and her personal life journey as a refugee. Mariam has started her own Community garden involving all members of the community and has started two associations for women (RAW) and for men (RAM).

Upon returning to Apollo Parkways, 6T discussed the inferrering meaning in Mariam’s continued reference and story to explain how the bee visits over 2000 flowers to gather enough pollen to achieve a teaspoon of honey. How do we all contribute to create a teaspoon of honey? Meaning…are we a community? And what does it mean by the saying…it takes a whole community to raise one child?

Yes we are a diverse society, but are we a community? Despite our cultural difference, various customs, traditions, languages and interests, how are we similar to the core?

Thank-you Mariam for your story today.

Grade 6T – can you share some of your reflections or parting ideas since attending today’s presentation at the library.–mariam-issa-refugee-and-community-gardener

Find Your Local Council

As a part of your homework task in Week 6 you are asked to investigate your local council, state electorate and the state representative, and a few other related tasks. You can access this week’s homework sheet as a PDF file on the homework page attached to this blog.

The following website may help you determine and identify your local government office based on the suburb you live in. The site is,

Click here to be transported to this online resource.



Whirling Water

This week students worked in collaborative teams to create a waterwheel.

They had to identify one variable to change on their waterwheel and test which of the two models ran more efficiently (the time taken to wind up the string with the weight attached).

ENERGY cannot be created or destroyed: only transferred or transformed. Energy makes things work – it produces changes and makes things happen.

Energy is transferred when it passes from one object to another.

Energy is transformed when it takes on another form of energy.

Try to view the footage below from Group 5’s experiment. What is the variable they have changed/modified in their 2nd waterwheel?









Integrated Curriculum – Global Balance Investigation

Consider and compare the various ways humans have used and affected the Australian environment. Can you recommend ways of protecting an environmentally sensitive area in a sustainable way? Use the design brief below for your GLOBAL BALANCE individual investigation this week!

IC Design Brief Week 8 & 9


You may find the following weblinks and resources useful.

Glossary of Geographic Terms

Economy Vs Environment Table

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