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Government & Defence - POSTAL WORKER

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Postie for a Day

PrimaryPrimary

Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

This activity will help you see what it is like to be a "Postie".

1. Get on your bike or scooter and ride around your suburb - how long does it take? Write down the number of hours and minutes.

2. Write down all the street names in your suburb and how they are linked to each other.

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3. Draw a map of your suburb on grid paper and make it to scale (as best you can).

4. Investigate these streets. Is there any special features like battleaxes that a Postie in your suburb would have to be conscious of?

5. Compare with other students in your suburb - where there any differences in your observations?

 

 

Time to Deliver! It's all about Numbers!

PrimaryPrimary

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

1. You are a postal delivery worker. You get paid per day, not by the hour so you like to get your route done as fast as possible so that you can go home as early as you can.

In your route you have 320 houses to deliver to. You manage to do this in around 6 hours on your fast days.

2. Based on this delivery average, how many houses do you deliver to in…
An hour?
5 minutes?

3. If you took 8 hours instead of 6, how many houses would you deliver to in…
An hour?
5 minutes?

4. If you travel at an average of 15 km/h for your 6 hour shift, how far is your route?

 


Online

 

Post Office Numeracy: Research

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

1. You are to research one of the following different aspects of the Postal Service (see below in table)

2. Using the sites provided, and your own knowledge, answer the given questions in as much detail as possible. Include a specific mathematical example e.g. cost of sending shoes, post codes and areas, statistics.

3. Create a poster or display to incorporate all the class' work using pictures and colour.

Stamp Costs



Why are there different priced stamps and how do you know which one to put on a letter?

Australia Post - Stamp Prices


Australia Post - Postage Calculator
History: Numeracy in Post Offices

History of Postal Service

What has changed between then and now?

Australia Post - History

Sorting Mail

Sorting Letters

How? What skills are needed? What jobs are available?

Australia Post - Sorting Letters

Australia Post - Mail Sorting and Delivery Jobs
Post Codes

Postcode

What do they represent? What about other countries?

Australia Post - Postcodes


Wikipedia - Overseas Postcodes
Parcel Costs

Parcels
How are they determined? Why is this important?

Australia Post - Postage Calculator


Australia Post - Size and Weight Guidelines

Domestic Parcels
Communication


Telegraph Line

How has communication changed in the last 60 years? How does this affect Post offices?

Wikipedia: The Australian Overland Telegraph Line

The Age: Australia Post set to be emailed into History


Australian Screen (Video): The Last of the Travelling Post Offices (TPOs)

Communication by Post, Telephones and Telegraph 1800 - 1970 (NB: very text heavy)

 

Learn Photoshop - How to Create a Postage Stamp using the 90th Birthday as inspiration!

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

1. Look at the following video: Learn Photoshop - How to Create a Postage Stamp
https://youtu.be/6yWL06wcfus

2. Part of creating a Postage Stamp is the content or focus of the stamp - what is relevant to the different aspects of life and culture say here in Australia.

In April 2016, Queen Elizabeth turned 90.

3. Look at the following stamps from Australia and the UK commemorating this event and analyse their similarities and differences. Share with a partner your thoughts.

Australian stamps
Australian Post: First Day Cover and Stamps

Queen 90: UK
6 Stamps from the UK showing different aspects of the Queen's life and service

4 Generations
Stamp sheet showing 4 stamps - one of each of the four generations
Prince Charles, the Queen, Prince George and Prince William

4. Which set of stamps do you like? Why? Give reasons.

5. Using your skills in Photoshop, select at least 3 photos from each of the following  to convert to stamps: 63 years in photographs; the Queen in Australia; your family or any other aspect of Australia.

6. Why did you choose these photographs? Hold an exhibition of the class' stamps.

 

 

 Websites, Games and Apps

STAMP COLLECTING

This is a fun activity and lots of people all around the world collect stamps, first day covers, sheets of stamps, used or unused stamps! 

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

Intercultural UnderstandingAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Intercultural Understanding

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

Start your own collection of stamps. Click here for more information.

 

Stamp Collecting

Stamp Arena - collecting Australian Stamps

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

 

Australian Stamp Collecting

The Young Collector

PrimaryPrimary

Intercultural UnderstandingAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Intercultural Understanding

 

The Young Collector
Play this free online post offfice game

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability
Post Office Game

WebQuests for Community & Health

Stamps - Mirrors of Australia

 MiddleMiddle High SchoolSecondary

Intercultural UnderstandingAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Intercultural Understanding

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

 

Stamps - Mirrors of Australia

 

 

 

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