Upper Primary

Recovering from bushfires

'Recovering from bushfires' explores the theme of how people and places recover after experiencing the effects of a bushfire. Designed to support the learning needs of students in grades 4 to 6, it is aligned to Victorian Curriculum levels 5 and 6.

Students will explore some of the coping strategies used by people to come to terms with their experiences, how communities come together to support each other, and the short and long term needs of a recovering community. The final session brings together what students have learnt about bushfires, including what will increase their safety and reduce their risk in a bushfire, and how people respond to and recover from fires. Students bring together the ideas developed throughout this enquiry and use them to promote bushfire safety messages.


Coming to terms with feelings after a bushfire

Learning intention:
Students will be prompted to consider the importance of thinking and talking about the feelings experienced by people who have lived through a significant bushfire event. They will explore some of the strategies people have used to cope and come to terms with their feelings after a traumatic bushfire event.

Communities working together for recovery

Learning intention:
Students explore what a community is and how it cares for each of its' members. Students will explore how a community recovers after it has been affected by bushfire.

Commemorating the Black Saturday Bushfires 2019

Learning intention:
Students look at the ways in which people are affected by bushfires in regards to their short and long term needs. The students will also consider community services and supports that need to be rebuilt to allow people to recover in the aftermath of a serious bushfire.

Living with bushfires

Learning intention:
Students consider what they know about bushfires, actions that will increase their safety and reduce their risk in a bushfire, and how people respond to and recover from fires. They will bring together the ideas developed throughout this session and use them to promote bushfire safety messages.