Key Questions

  • How does the season affect the way people live?
  • How do the seasons differ between the Aboriginal culture and non- Aboriginal people?
  • What is the importance of rain to different people?
  • What flora and fauna is found in the local area and how is this dictated by the season?

Learning Objectives

  • An understanding of how the seasons affect the way that people live, their food sources and seasonal requirements
  • An understanding of the difference that seasons and the weather can have on food sources, clothing, housing and significant events – events that occur during the seasons and the significance of them to other students and families.

Curriculum Links


  • Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape; daily and seasonal changes affect everyday life (VCSSU046)
  • Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)

Intercultural Capability

  • Identify what is familiar and what is different in the ways culturally diverse individuals and families live (VCICCB001)
  • Imagine and explain what their responses might be if they were placed in a different cultural situation or setting (VCICCD004)


Key Local Knowledge Featured in this Unit

Murray Darling Basin Commission images. Copyright. Reedy Swamp (north of Shepparton) – received 544 ML of EWA: The wetland is literally ‘humming’ with the sounds of waterbirds and frogs (which apparently goes on all night according to DPI Environment Group’s acoustic monitoring of the wetland!).  Latest counts show approximately 3,500 waterbirds staying in the wetland, which significantly contrasts to the site having no waterbirds prior to flooding only 8 weeks ago!  Notable records are ~200 Black Swans, ~2000 Grey Teal, ~500 Black Ducks, ~1000 Hardhead (White-eye Duck), 8 Australian Shoveller (threatened species) and ~40 Chestnut Teal.  Swans continue to build nesting mounds and are displaying territorial defence behaviour, and teal and black ducks are pairing up and exhibiting breeding courtship behaviour and observed inspecting nesting hollows.  At least three frog species are calling, with a fourth species (rarely heard in the district) awaiting confirmation (it didn’t call last night when I visited!). 
Arthur Mostead Photographer, AM Photography, 0428 627 880.

Reedy Swamp

This is a local wetland where students may be taken to conduct a field trip examining the forna and flaura.  This can be organised through Parks Victoria.  As the Unit Plan suggests, Park Victoria may also be able to recommend other relevant local sites.

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Unit Plan


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