Discovery Learning Grade 3

Grade 3


Term 1 and 2 – Walk on the Wildside

In this unit, students explore the difference between living and non-living things. They learn about how plants and animals are classified in different groups and the particular characteristics belonging to each group. Students learn that living things have different life cycles and investigate ecosystems through exploring how plants and animals depend on each other and their environment to survive. Students grow and observe their own plants, and record changes using scie

ntific language. Students choose an animal of their choice to research, investigate and write an information report on. These findings are then presented to their peers. Students explore ideas of sustainability and how human actions can affect plants, animals an

d our environment.






Term 3 – Walk About

Students build on their understanding of Australian society and investigate some of the different cultural groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that make up the Australian community and the contributions that people from diverse groups have made to many aspects of the Australian way of life. They explore the meaning of different Australian flags, symbols, emblems and celebrations. Students learn the significance of Country and Place to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who belong to different areas. Students read and  interpret the meaning and beliefs behind

 various Dreamtime stories and explore the relationships between language, country, place and spirituality to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop an understanding of their way of life and culture.





Term 4 – Solids, Liquids and Gases

Students investigate the properties of the three main states of matter - solids, liquids and gases. Students observe the effect temperature has on each state of matter such as water turning from solid (ice), to liquid (water), to gas (vapour) and the reverse. They look at reversible and irreversible changes, and chemical and physical changes through a variety of hands on experiments. Students develop their ability to make a scientific hypothesis and compare the actual results of an experiment to their predictions and suggest possible reasons for their findings. Students will be expected to demonstrate a experiment of their choice to their class and discuss their findings.