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Years 3 – 4
Lesson 10: Moving Easily around Our Community

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  1. Lesson Overview
  2. Australian Curriculum Links
  3. Lesson Plan: Suggested Sequence of Learning Experiences

Downloadable Reference Materials

1. Lesson Overview

Length of Lesson

Prior Knowledge (What Should the Teacher Have Already Covered)

Resources Required

Key Concepts

Learning Outcomes

General Capabilities by the End of Year 4 (Level 3)

Ethical Understanding
Critical and Creative Thinking

Assessable moments: As students undertake the learning experiences described in the lesson, take note of a range of assessable moments to provide information about student achievement. Ongoing assessment will provide evidence of the extent to which students achieve the identified Australian Curriculum links. Assessable moments are linked to learning outcomes and are identified by the following identifier: assessable moments tickLO (insert number)

3. Lesson Plan: Suggested Sequence of Learning Experiences

Format Lesson Plan: Suggested Sequence of Learning Experiences
Intro 1 mins

Today, we are going to explore the S word in incluSion: sharing spaces. We will explore the ways people move around every day, and discuss how the design of the built environment we move around can impact on this.

Body 29 mins

Activity 1: What Is an Accessible Space?

Lesson 10 Activity 1 – Matrix pdf File (119 kb)
Lesson 10 Activity 1 – Matrix word File (100 kb)

Establish context: Everyone needs to be able to move about easily in their environment to get to places. People need to be able to reach things such as switches and handrails, benches and toilet seats. They need to be able to get information from the world around them and understand what is going on (e.g. signs and directions). An accessible space is a place that is easy to move around.

Unpack and define key words:

Built Environment: human–made space in which people live, work and use for recreation on a day to day basis. This includes spaces created or modified for people including buildings, parks, transport systems (bikeways, roads, pathways), and supporting infrastructure like water systems and energy networks.

Accessibility: ease to which you can get around.

In many places, the design is not very helpful to some people. When this happens, it means the community is not accessible to everyone.

assessable moments tickLO1 Class discussion: Why should we be concerned about this? (If the community is not accessible, it is not inclusive, and some people cannot participate).)

We are now going to consider the issues a range of people in our community face relating to accessibility.

Refer to matrix for lesson 11. Go through matrix and discuss headings: 1. Who? 2. What are their needs when moving around the environment in a safe way? 3. What environmental features would create barriers to moving around safely? 4. What environments features are required for safe accessibility?

assessable moments tickLO2 Students complete the table. Discuss matrix responses.

Main points to highlight:

  • We all have changing needs relating to accessibility throughout our lives.
  • An accessible space enables all people to move around easily to get to places, and do the things they need to do.
  • An inclusive community has a supportive environment that caters for the access needs of everyone in the community.
Conclusion and Reflection
5 mins

assessable moments tickLO1, LO2 Check for understanding:

Get the students to complete their entry for the Action Plan for the S: Sharing Spaces theme. Also complete the class entry for the Action Plan chart.

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