Active citizenship: Introduction

Key learning area: Studies of Society and Environment

Year level: Middle Primary

Lesson duration: 360 minutes (3 lessons)

Unit topic: Active citizenship

Lesson topic: Problems and possible solutions

Aim of the unit

This lesson develops strategies and skills needed to: 

  • identify unsafe situations and offer possible solutions
  • identify unsafe and/or uncared for places and suggest a possible plan of action for making a place safe and cared for.

Curriculum links

Links to the Australian Curriculum 

Student learning outcomes


  • Evaluate social behaviours in a setting outside a school.
  • Recognise responsible actions and personal safety issues in public places.
  • Identify positive ideas where people work together to solve problems.


  • Communication.
  • Negotiation.
  • Decision making.
  • Cooperative group work.


  • Respect – Treat others with consideration and regard; respect another person's point of view
  • Responsibility – Be accountable for one's own actions, resolve differences in constructive, non-violent and peaceful ways; contribute to society and to civic life; take care of the environment


  1. Charter for outside the school (TLF-Learning Object L6354)
  2. Interactive whiteboard or a data projector
  3. Video camera
  4. Digital camera
  5. Local newspapers
  6. Problems-Solutions chart
  7. Action plan
  8. SWOT analysis

Note to teachers

Access to digital content is through The National Digital Learning Resources Network via the digital resources portals for each jurisdiction

If students are unfamiliar with graphic organisers such as a SWOT analysis, spend some time developing concepts such as ‘internal’ and ‘external’ factors.

Introduction | Activity One | Activity Two | Activity Three

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