Term 1 – Living and Non-Living
In this unit students explore how plants and animals are grouped and the particular characteristics belonging to each group. Students will investigate by visiting Melbourne Zoo and looking at natural habitat, animal groups etc. Students grow plants in different environmental conditions. They then explore and answer the question: Which was most suitable? Students choose an animal of their choice to research and investigate. These findings are then presented to the class. A greater understanding of eco systems is developed. Students explore ideas about helping the animals and plants in our environment. Students’ awareness of what needs to be done so that future generations experience all these plants and creatures is developed.
Term 2 – Aboriginal Dreamtime
Students build on their understanding of Australian society and investigate some of the different cultural groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) communities that make up the Australian community. They learn about the contributions that people from diverse groups have made to many aspects of the Australian way of life. Students read, interpret and understand the meaning and beliefs behind various Aboriginal Dreamtime stories. Students explore Aboriginal art that helps to create an understanding of their way of life and culture. Students gain an understanding of their nomadic way of life and the differences between ‘Tribes.’
Term 3 – Our State, Our Country
Students gain an understanding of where Australia is located in relation to the rest of the world. Students will discuss population and migration patterns around Victoria and Brimbank, looking at the human, physical and geographical characteristics of their local area and other parts of Victoria and consider features of their local community that have changed over time. Students will gain skills in mapping and reading atlases. Students identify and investigate various landmarks in and around Victoria. For Example, the MCG, Dandenong Mountains, Yarra River etc.
Term 4 – Ch Ch ch Changes…
Students investigate the properties of the three main states of matter, being solids, liquids and gases. They then look at the reversible and irreversible changes that can occur. For example, water turning from solid (ice) to liquid (water) to gas (vapour) and the reverse. Both chemical and physical changes are investigated through hands on experiments directed by teachers and students. Students will be expected to demonstrate and discuss findings of an experiment of their choice. Students are able to further consolidate their learning with an incursion by the CSIRO to further enhance their understandings. A series of experiments are set up within the year level for students to rotate through. Students are given the opportunity to explain their scientific discoveries through the literacy sessions this term.