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Preparing for bushfires

The purpose of the Bushfire Education webpages is to provide teaching and learning resources to support bushfire education for primary and secondary schools (Year 1 through to Year 8).

Based on four themes, the aim of the Bushfire Education webpages is to better prepare all young Australians for the challenges of living in a country that regularly experiences bushfires.

The 'Preparing for bushfires' theme outlines the steps individuals, families and the community can take to prepare for the bushfire season and minimise risk. theme explores what is essential to know about fire, what causes bushfires, and how they behave in the Australian environment.

The theme is explored through individual sessions that:

  • links a particular session to the relevant curriculum area
  • sets out specific learning intentions
  • lists suggested resources to support its teaching and learning
  • sequences the learning activities with 'starting', 'exploring', 'bringing it all together', and 'extending'.

All bushfire education teaching and learning activities have been aligned to the relevant areas of the Victorian Curriculum F–10.

 

Levels 1–2

Curriculum Areas
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • English
  • Personal and Social Capability
  • Science

Preparing for bushfires

This section explores the theme of 'Preparing for bushfires', and is designed to support the learning needs of students between Years 1 to 3. It is aligned to Victorian Curriculum Levels 1 and 2.

Students learn about bushfires and bushfire safety in order for them to begin to understand the risks of bushfire in their own and other areas. They explore safety measures related to their personal safety, and the role of local fire services to assist communities to prepare for bushfires.

Bushfires matter to all Victorians
Learning intention: Students will consider why it is important to learn about bushfires and bushfire safety in order to help them understand the risks of bushfire in their own area.

Preparing for the bushfire season
Learning intention: Students will explore safety measures related to their personal safety, as well as what should be done to prepare a home for the bushfire season.

Getting to know firefighters
Learning intention: Students come to know more about the role and importance of the local fire service and the role of firefighters during bushfires.

Other Levels 1–2 themes

Levels 5–6

Curriculum Areas
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • English
  • Science

Preparing for bushfires

This section explores the theme of 'Preparing for bushfires', and is designed to support the learning needs of students in Years 4 to 6. It is aligned to Victorian Curriculum Levels 5 and 6.

Students learn about bushfires and bushfire safety in order for them to begin to understand the risks of bushfire in their own area. They explore safety measures related to their personal safety, bushfire survival plans, and the role of local fire services to assist communities to prepare for the bushfire season.

Bushfires matter to all Victorians
Learning intention: Students consider why is it important to learn about bushfires and bushfire safety in order for them to begin to understand the risks of bushfire in their own area. They will debunk some common misconceptions regarding bushfires, and become familiar with the actual risks associated with bushfires.

Preparing for the bushfire season
Learning intention: Students explore safety measures related to their personal safety as well as what should be done to prepare for the bushfire season.

Investigating the importance of bushfire survival plans
Learning intention: Students find out about the importance of families who live in bushfire prone areas developing a bushfire survival plan, as an essential part of preparing for the bushfire season. Students further learn the specific components that need to be included in a bushfire survival plan.

Getting help to prepare for bushfires
Learning intention: Students learn about the local fire service and emergency agencies in their area, and how these services assist local communities to be prepared for the bushfire season.

Other Levels 5–6 themes

Levels 7–8

Curriculum Areas
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • English
  • Geography

Preparing for bushfires

This section explores the theme of 'Preparing for bushfires', and is designed to support the learning needs of students in Years 7 to 10. It is aligned to Victorian Curriculum Levels 7 and 8.

Students learn about the risk of bushfires and how to reduce them, in order for them to begin to understand the risks of bushfire in their own area. They explore how bushfire survival plans are developed and their importance in preparing to respond to a bushfire.

Know the risks
Learning intention: This session explores what the risks are of bushfires, who is affected and by knowing the risks, how everyone can be prepared to face them.

Closer to home
Learning intention: Students learn that by understanding the potential risks around the home and ways to address those risks, people can help reduce the destruction caused by bushfires.

Bushfire survival plans
Learning intention: Students learn that residents in bushfire-prone areas in all parts of Victoria should develop a bushfire survival plan as an essential part of preparing for bushfires.

Other Levels 7–8 themes

 

View bushfire education resources to support teaching and learning activities on this site.

Please note: All educators need to be aware that there is potential for discomfort or distress among some students when talking, viewing and reading about bushfires. Teachers need to preview, adapt and manage the teaching and learning activities and resources with respect to the particular needs and backgrounds of their students.

Further information where schools can access a range of student support services can be found on the Department of Education and Training's Health and Wellbeing Services website