Geography discipline expert – video

From a series of videos where disciplinary experts discuss the shift of focus and valued learning in their relevant learning area of the Australian Curriculum.

Experts prominent in shaping the Australian Curriculum help us to further develop our understanding of the essence of each learning area and why this essence is important when designing learning.

Malcolm McInerney – geography

Malcolm McInerney is Chairperson of the National Geography Teachers’ Association-AGTA. He was one of the writers of the Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Geography. He speaks here about what geography learning is for.

Geography sound bites – video clip

From a video series capturing a range of voices— teachers, Rundle Mall shoppers and children—talking about what they think a particular learning area is for.

These video clips stimulate thinking and promote discussions for us to reflect on what we believe the learning area is for and what we want our students to take forward into their lives from the different learning areas. We call this the essence of the learning area.

Sound bites geography

Shoppers in the mall, teachers, kids and young people are asked what they think geography is for.

The views expressed do not represent the views of the SA Department for Education.

Story of the geography learning area

From a video animation series describing the essence of each learning area and how the components of the learning area work together

These animations describe the essence of each learning area and how the components of the Australian Curriculum learning area can work together to create powerful, relevant learning experiences for our students.

Geography: what is it for?

This animation is designed to help teachers to tune into the grand narrative of Australian Curriculum: Geography.

The BitL tool - Bringing it to life

A process tool that demonstrates how we can bring together the what and the how – the curriculum and the pedagogy, to engage our students in powerful learning.

*Click the 'enlarge icon' to receive the full benefits of this tool (located on the bottom right)

The Bringing it to life online tool incorporates aspects of the Australian Curriculum learning area and high challenge pedagogy. The tool poses a series of questions to position the student to do the thinking.

BitL – History printables

These posters, placemats, questioning tools and BitL overviews have been designed to be used in classrooms with students F-10.


Learning area specific resources available to be downloaded and printed.

Foundation – Year 7



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Resources Working with curriculum Geography