Year 3
Cross-Curricular units designed to provide strong foundations for young learners to develop the required learning as outlined in the content descriptions within the Australian Curriculum.
Our Year 3 Unit Plans
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This unit is based on the Year 3 Australian Curriculum HASS Inquiry Skills, Knowledge and Understandings.

Students explore, compare and determine how and why we commemorate events, including Australian commemorations, New Year celebrations, and celebrations specific to particular countries.

They discuss acronyms and understand how they are applied to significant events in Australia. They learn the meanings of acronyms, such as NAIDOC and ANZAC.

Students plan a class celebration and explore planning processes, including voting, rules, jobs, delegating and decision making.

The students write a persuasive letter to the principal, inviting him/her to their celebration.

10 Lessons

This unit is based on the Year 3 Australian Curriculum HASS Inquiry Skills, Knowledge and Understandings. Students develop an understanding of weather and how climatic zones are different.

They collect daily temperatures and weather information and they create and interpret a class graph.

Students learn how to read maps and their features, including scales, legends and grid references.

Students locale Australia and neighbouring countries on a world map and discuss the direction of travel to each place from Australia.

Students examine the different temperature zones of Australia; equatorial, tropical, sub-tropical, desert, grassland and temperate and mark them on a map of Australia. They mark some natural and human features on a map of Australia and use a legend to label the map.

Students compare two states or territories of Australia and list their natural and human features, as well as climate zones.

10 Lessons

This unit is based on the Year 3 Australian Curriculum HASS Inquiry Skills, Knowledge and Understandings. Students explore their local community, past and present. They research their local Indigenous past, and learn about their local Indigenous dialect, and their connections between language, place/country and spirituality. They will investigate things in their local community that have changed and remained the same, as well as groups and individuals that have contributed to our community’s development.

8 Lessons

This unit is based on the Year 3 Australian Curriculum HASS Civics and Citizenships Knowledge and Understandings. The unit provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding about democracy, laws and citizens and citizenship, diversity and identity. Drawing on familiar contexts and personal experiences of fair play, different points of view, rules and consequences, and decision-making, students begin to develop an understanding of democracy as rule by the people (democracy, laws and citizens). Students explore how individuals, including themselves, participate in and contribute to their community (citizenship, diversity and identity).

7 Lessons

This unit is based on the Year 3 Australian Curriculum HASS Inquiry Skills, Knowledge and Understandings. Students explore the boundaries of Australia both pre and post-European settlement. They compare the two and discuss the implication of settlement on indigenous boundaries. They investigate how oral communication is used to convey indigenous stories about the creation of natural landmarks, as well as how songs were used as a type of map. Students learn some of the natural and manmade features of Australia and use digital technologies to locate these on a map of Australia. They research and create an information report on a natural feature of Australia.

6 Lessons
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This unit comprises 8 lessons covering the Australian Curriculum for Year 3 Physical Science.

This unit covers heat energy, how it’s made, and how it travels through solids, liquids and gases. 

8 Lessons

Over the previous 3 school years, students should have become quite familiar with living things. In this unit, we add to that understanding by contrasting living things with non-living things and once-living things. Students focus closely on the characteristics of these things so that they’re able to identify and sort them. During the course of these 8-9 lessons, students cover all the relevant components of the Science Understanding components for the Year 4 Australian National Curriculum for Biological Sciences.

8 Lessons

This is a ten-lesson unit that is designed to cover the Australian National Curriculum for Year 3 - Earth and Space Sciences. Over the course of this unit, students will develop an understanding that the earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes. They make predictions, observations, experiment and create graphs in relation to day and night, shadows, using the sun to tell time (sundials), seasons, solar and lunar eclipses.

6 Lessons

This is a unit designed to cover the Australian National Curriculum for Year 3 Chemical Science. It has a lot in common with the year 3 Heat unit, and you may be able to fit both into a single term if you’d like. It is recommended that you do the unit on heat before this unit, as it will help students have a better conception of how heat energy works. 
Because of the overlap between some of the underlying science between this and the physical sciences unit, as well what students have previously learned about phases of matter, this unit is shorter than many of our units. However, the investigations and worksheets in lesson 2 and 3 are quite long, and you may want to split these classes over two days.

4 Lessons