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 Year 3
 
English
 
The English curriculum consists of three strands: Language, Literature and Literacy.
Year 3 classes will study persuasive texts, characters in stories, personal experiences, procedural texts, as well as stories from different perspectives. They will also engage with poetry and imaginative texts, as well as reading, responding to and writing people's stories.
 
Maths
 
In Maths, Year 3 will develop their understanding of number and place value, measurement, chance, patterns and algebra, as well as fractions and decimals, location and money.
 
Science 
 
Year 3 look at living and non-living things, day and night and the earth's rotation, as well as examining the relationship between the sun, Moon, Earth and time. They also examine heat and the properties of solids and liquids and the effect of adding or removing heat.
 
History
 
The classes will investigate celebrations, commemorations and community diversity, as well as exploring their local community.
 
Geography 
 
In Geography, similarities and differences in places near and far will be examined, as well as the protection of those places. The focus is on Australia and its near neighbours. They will form conclusions to identify how climate, settlement and demography influence how people live in the selected places of significance.
 
 
Year 4
 
English 
 
Language, Literacy and Literature are the three strands of the English curriculum. In Year 4, an author's language will be studied using a familiar narrative, as well as humorous poetry, traditional stories from Asia, recounts set in the past and a quest novel. Students also study persuasion in advertisements and product packaging.
 
Maths
 
Classes develop their understanding of number, fractions and decimals, measurement, chance, patterns and algebra. Students learn how to represent data and interpret it, as well as geometric reasoning, location and transformation and money and financial mathematics. 
 
Science
 
Students explore natural processes and human activity which cause weathering and erosion of the earth's surface, life cycles, physical properties of materials and forces.
 
History 
 
There are two units studied: investigating European exploration and the movement of peoples, as well as the impact of colonisation in Australia. This includes what life was like for Aboriginal and torres Strait Islander peoples before the arrival of the Europeans.
 
Geography
 
In these lessons, students will explore environments and places with a focus on the major countries of South America and Africa. They will also research how places can be used more sustainably, drawing on studies from Australia.
 

  

Year 5

 English

Language, Literacy and Literature are the three strands studied in English. Students examine literary texts using a fantasy novel. They study media texts and characters in animated film. They also read, listen to and view a range of poetry, songs and anthems from different times. They will also review narrative film.

 

Maths

Students develop their understanding of chance, number and place value, fractions and decimals and data representation. They also study time and units of measurement, location and transformation and develop their geometric reasoning, estimating and measuring angles.

 

Science

Studies include survival in the Australian environment, our place in the solar system, properties of light and the formation of shadows, as well as gases, with students developing their investigation methods.

 

History

In Year 5, studies in Australian history continue, exploring the development of British colonies in Australia. Key events of the 1800s are studied, including life in the colonial period. Reasons for European immigration to Australia are explored.

 

Geography

How people and places affect one another are studied with a focus on Europe and North America. How places are changed and managed by people in Australia is the focus of Unit 2. Students collect and record relevant geographical data and information from primary and secondary sources.