Water in the World

Geography Years 7-8

Key Questions

  • What are the values of water for people of the Goulburn Valley and its First Peoples?
  • How has Indigenous use of the river changed in recent history?
  • How have Indigenous values created places of cultural significance in our region?

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • apply ethical research methods by considering the spiritual and cultural significance of places to Indigenous communities
  • identify and explain how the movement of water connects people and places
  • gather information from a range of primary sources about the factors influencing decisions people make about where to live
  • investigate the environmental, economic and social effects of water as it connects people and places

Curriculum Links


The spiritual, economic, cultural, and aesthetic values of water for people including ATSI peoples and people of the Asia region, that influence the significance of places (VCGGK109)

Exploring the multilayered meaning (material, cultural, and spiritual wellbeing) associated with rivers, waterholes, seas, lakes, soaks and springs for ATSI peoples (VCGGK109).

Intercultural Capability

Identify the challenges and benefits of living and working in a culturally diverse society (VCICCD015)

Key Local Knowledge Featured in this Unit

How the Murray River was Made

How the Murray River was Made

the Dreamtime Story

This is a Dreamtime story of the local people for how Biami/Tutakapin created the Murray River. This story is introduced in the first lesson of this unit.

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Barmah Forest Field Trip

Barmah National Park

It is of significant value to take students to Barmah National Park, for a guided tour by Parks Victoria.  The relevant details are included within the Unit Plan.  
This is relevant to Lesson 6 of the proposed sequence of lessons.