This term the Year 4 teachers are trialling this innovative approach in order to implement the geography curriculum. This approach aligns with the expectation that students respond to a geographical challenge to propose action. One of the cross-curriculum priorities is Sustainability and our focus will be on how we can strengthen our connection to the river.

To introduce the topic, the teachers showed Orana's school-published movie from last year that was made to represent our views at the Symposium: Rivers of Emotion at UWA. The classes have visited the Canning River Eco Education Centre, listened to the work of a young environmentalist from Murdoch University and thoroughly enjoyed a visit from a frog expert who showed them how to set up a frog pond.

The students will explore geographical questions to investigate, collect and record data from different sources about protecting our waterways. They will develop understandings for themselves and act on this to educate others about the importance of rivers.

"Challenge Based Learning... is an engaging multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that encourages learners to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems."

from the website 'challengebased learning .org'

The teachers are excited to interpret and adapt CBL to learners of this age group and look forward to expanding the learning processes within their classrooms.