Blueback - Our Relationship With the Ocean

Blueback - Our Relationship With the Ocean

Lesson 1 of 14 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Environmental
  • Oceans
  • Sustainability
  • Water
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students reflect on their relationship with the ocean. They come to understand that we impact the ocean as much as it impacts us.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • reflect on their own relationship to the ocean
  • learn that we impact the ocean as much as it impacts us.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • explain their relationship to the ocean through literary or creative means 
  • explain some ways in which humans impact the ocean and how it impacts us.

Lesson guides and printables

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions

  • the influence of people, including First Nations Australians and people in other countries, on the characteristics of a place AC9HS5K04
  • the management of Australian environments, including managing severe weather events such as bushfires, floods, droughts or cyclones, and their consequences AC9HS5K05

Syllabus outcomes: GE3-2

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability

Relevant parts of Year 5 achievement standards:
Students identify and describe the interconnections between people and the human and environmental characteristics of places, and between components of environments. They identify the effects of these interconnections on the characteristics of places and environments.

Resources required

  • Access to the film Blueback 
  • Access to programs Miro or Canva 
  • Device capable of presenting a video and audio to the class
  • Individual devices with access to the internet
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Writing materials


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Digital literacy
  • Empathy
  • Ethical understanding

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium: Teachers should read this resource and its associated materials before delivering the lesson. This lesson recommends using Miro or Canva for digital mapping. Teachers will need to familiarise themselves with these programs first and explicitly teach students how to use these tools. 

Minderoo Foundation is proud to be the education partner for the film adaption of Tim Winton’s best-selling book, Blueback.

Related professional learning

Teach the Big Picture of Sustainability

Quick summary: Open your students’ minds to how different systems – environmental, social and economic – are connected.

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