Refugees welcome here

Secondary KLAs:
Creative Arts, English, Human Society and its Environment
Educational levels:
Year 7, Year 8

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Hand painted sign that says "refugees are human beings".

This resource embeds the use of online collaboration tools and 21st century learning skills in a student-centered hands-on project designed to welcome refugees into their community. The syllabus outcomes are aligned to NSW Stage 4 English, Geography or Visual Arts but this could be used with older or younger students by altering the outcomes and level of scaffolding provided. 'Refugees welcome here' presents students with the real-world challenge of creating a refugee community resource kit which they will present to their community or local refugee center. Students work collaboratively to explore the experiences and journeys of refugees and the challenges they and their new community members face as they work to integrate into their new homes. Each student works in a small group to contribute an item to the kit. Suggested items include a community blanket, a video, an infographic, a rap song or poem or a Google map to orientate people to their new location. A key aspect to this resource is that it fully integrates technology in a way that is easy for teachers and students to use even if they are at a beginner level.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(EN4-2A) effectively uses a widening range of processes, skills, strategies and knowledge for responding to and composing texts in different media and technologies

(EN4-9E) uses, reflects on and assesses their individual and collaborative skills for learning

(GE4-1) locates and describes the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places and environments

(GE4-3) explains how interactions and connections between people, places and environments result in change

(GE4-6) explains differences in human wellbeing

(GE4-7) acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using geographical tools for inquiry

(GE4-8) communicates geographical information using a variety of strategies

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACELA1764) Analyse how point of view is generated in visual texts by means of choices, for example gaze, angle and social distance

(ACELT1619) Identify and explore ideas and viewpoints about events, issues and characters represented in texts drawn from different historical, social and cultural contexts

(ACELT1620) Reflect on ideas and opinions about characters, settings and events in literary texts, identifying areas of agreement and difference with others and justifying a point of view

(ACELY1721) Analyse and explain the ways text structures and language features shape meaning and vary according to audience and purpose

(ACELY1725) Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas

(ACELY1728) Use a range of software, including word processing programs, to confidently create, edit and publish written and multimodal texts

(ACHGK043) The factors that influence the decisions people make about where to live and their perceptions of the liveability of places

(ACHGK046) The influence of social connectedness, community identity and perceptions of crime and safety on the liveability of places

(ACHGK045) The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places

(ACHGK047) The strategies used to enhance the liveability of places, especially for young people, including examples from Australia and Europe

(ACHCK051) How Australia is a secular nation and a multi-faith society with a Christian heritage

(ACHCK052) How values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and a ‘fair go’, can promote cohesion within Australian society

(ACHCK053) How groups, such as religious and cultural groups, express their particular identities; and how this influences their perceptions of others and vice versa

(ACAVAM118) Experiment with visual arts conventions and techniques, including exploration of techniques used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent a theme, concept or idea in their artwork

(ACAVAM119) Develop ways to enhance their intentions as artists through exploration of how artists use materials, techniques, technologies and processes

(ACAVAM120) Develop planning skills for art-making by exploring techniques and processes used by different artists

(ACAVAM121) Practise techniques and processes to enhance representation of ideas in their art-making

(ACTDIP025) Acquire data from a range of sources and evaluate authenticity, accuracy and timeliness

(ACTDIP026) Analyse and visualise data using a range of software to create information, and use structured data to model objects or events

(ACTDIP027) Define and decompose real-world problems taking into account functional requirements and economic, environmental, social, technical and usability constraints

(ACTDEP035) Critique needs or opportunities for designing and investigate, analyse and select from a range of materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to develop design ideas

(ACTDEP036) Generate, develop, test and communicate design ideas, plans and processes for various audiences using appropriate technical terms and technologies including graphical representation techniques

(ACTDEP038) Independently develop criteria for success to evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions and their sustainability

(ACTDEP039) Use project management processes when working individually and collaboratively to coordinate production of designed solutions

(ACHGK058) Reasons for, and effects of, international migration in Australia

(ACHCK066) Different perspectives about Australia's national identity, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives, and what it means to be Australian

(ACHCK067) How national identity can shape a sense of belonging in Australia’s multicultural society

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
learner, teacher
ScOT topics:
Refugees, Collaborative learning, Information and communication technologies, Empathy
Brainstorming, Collaborative Internet project, Communication activity, Mind mapping, Problem solving, Research project
State of NSW, Department of Education
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Monday, 29 May 2017

Resource ID: 64a855c2-dfda-427f-b5f7-c13437489abb