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Integrated unit years 7–8

Motivating question

How does China connect with my world?

Lesson plans

Curriculum connections

These activities support an integrated approach to learning about China, and the wider context of Asia. They draw on key concepts that carry across a number of learning areas. Specifically at this level, students will explore, in an integrated way, the concepts of culture, heritage, interaction, and globalisation. Achievement objectives that could support this learning are included below. These may change depending on the approach a teacher takes in this unit. Schools are encouraged to pursue further learning in each area as is appropriate for their programmes. See the section Where to next? at the end of this unit.

Each activity indicates the key concepts that are the focus of that activity and links to one or more strategies for effective teaching.

Through the course of this unit of work, students will consider that:

  • people express their cultures and traditions in their daily lives
  • the image of a place is influenced by the culture and heritage of its people
  • global technology and communication influences interaction, and flows of knowledge and trade between nations.

As they …

Social sciences

  • Gain knowledge skills and experiences to understand how:
    • people pass on and sustain culture and heritage for different reasons and this has consequences for people (L4)


  • Integrate sources of information
  • Identify visual features and describe their effects
  • Communicate ideas clearly
  • Make connections between visual and written language

The arts

  • Investigate the purpose of objects and images from past and present cultures, and identify the context in which they were made and are viewed and valued
  • Explore and describe ways in which meanings can be communicated and interpreted in their own and others' work
  • Explore and use art-making conventions


  • Learn to communicate – some initial greetings, introductions, family members, some numbers, and likes and dislikes
  • Develop some initial understandings of the structure of language
  • Learn about the links between culture and language

(Level 1 emergent)
The approach will be influenced by the prior understanding of your students.

See the following web pages for more details on how this unit will also provide opportunities to develop and integrate key competencies and values:

Showcase China: Introduction to the integrated units

Key competencies, values, and achievement objectives

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