Year 4
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 4 Unit Plans
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This unit is based on the Year 4 Australian Curriculum HASS Inquiry Skills, Knowledge and Understandings.

Students discuss world exploration and why people chose to explore the world. They examine the path Captain James Cook took on his first voyage to Australia, plotting the path on a world map and they compare the voyage of a ship in the 1700’s to a plane now.

Students read and discuss the importance of the journals of Sir Joseph Banks.

They investigate colonisation, the colonisation of South America, and how the arrival of the First Fleet impacted life for the Indigenous peoples of Australia.

9 Lessons

This unit is based on the Year 4 Australian Curriculum HASS Inquiry Skills, Knowledge and Understandings.

Students investigate the main countries, topographic features, environment and cities of Africa and South America. They explore and research similarities and differences in climates, natural vegetation and native animals between Australia and Africa or South America.

They explore biomes of the world and vegetation specific to each biome.

Students investigate connections with the environment through aesthetic, emotional and spiritual connections. They discuss how to protect and conserve habitats.

Students investigate indigenous hunting and gathering, including managing food resources and similarities and differences in foods in coastal and central areas.

They explore natural processes, including the water cycle and decomposition.

Students demonstrate their responsibility and understanding of sustainability and actions they can take at home.

10 Lessons

This unit is based on the Year 4 Australian Curriculum HASS Inquiry Skills, Knowledge and Understandings. Students explore the rules and laws, and how they affect us. They investigate the difference between laws and rules. They explore the concepts of equal and equitable, and whether or not equal means fair. Students compare and explore the Australian law system and Indigenous Lore. They are introduced to the three levels of government, and learn more about the local government including laws and community groups. Students explore compulsory and non-compulsory voting.

9 Lessons
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This is a 10 lesson unit, designed to cover the Australian Curriculum for Year 4 Earth and Space Sciences.

Over the course of this unit, students learn how the surface of the earth changes over time due to weathering and erosion. Students get hands-on experience investigating and sorting rock and soil samples, and they investigate the role that we play in shaping how erosion happens.

Students will zoom in on the tiniest crystals in a rock and zoom out as far as we can go, using Google Earth to visit extraordinary examples of geological change around the world.

Each lesson has an accompanying activity worksheet for students to complete, and there is a quiz that can be used as a summative assessment task at the end of the unit.

10 Lessons

This is a 5 lesson unit designed to cover the first of two Biological Science content areas for year
4 students.

Lessons 2-4 could be taught in any order, and you may want to move lesson 4 up just because of the attached lab, which will take about 2 weeks of classroom time.

The topic of 'Insects' was put into lesson 2, because of the familiarity most students have with insect lifecycles, specifically butterflies.

You may want to incorporate a butterfly or insect hatching as an optional activity to this
unit as well, which you could do in line with lesson 2.

5 Lessons

This is a 5 lesson unit designed to cover the second of two Biological Science content areas for
Year 4 students.

Students learn about ecosystems and the importance of balance and the relationships between living things.

The final assessment piece is a very large game, which will take some time, both in preparation and also in execution, but should be well worth the investment of time. It is best played in large groups, so if you’re in a bigger school, consider asking if any other teachers would be interested in taking part.

5 Lessons

This 7-lesson unit covers all of the Year 4 Chemical Sciences material for the Australian National Curriculum. Over the course of these lessons, students learn how materials are selected, by examining their properties, as well as reflecting on the outcomes of these choices. The unit culminates in a STEM activity where students use their new understanding of materials to design a real-world solution to a fictional problem.

7 Lessons

This unit is designed to cover the year 4 Physical Sciences material for the Australian National Curriculum. This physics unit stands apart from many of the other units in the science curriculum (with the possible exception of Year 2 Physics) and includes many novel items like Newton’s laws of motion and magnetism. Students will learn this exciting new material through presentations, demonstrations and hands-on lab work. We also provide worksheets, and an assessment task to help you make sure that your students understand these important science concepts.

7 Lessons