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Year 3 Unit of Inquiry 2 Overview

Unit of Inquiry 2
HOW WE ORGANISE OURSELVES: An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the
structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on human kind and the
Central Idea
A variety of signs and symbols facilitate local and global communications.
Form, Connection

Related concepts
Culture, Media

Learner Profile Focus: Communicator, Thinker

Attitude Focus: Independence, Commitment

Lines of Inquiry

Different signs and symbols (form)

Reasons for the development of communication systems (connection)

Specialised communication systems including maps


Find complements to 100, solving number equations such as 78 + = 100

Add and subtract pairs of two-digit numbers

Add three-digit and two-digit numbers using notes to support

Re-order an addition to help with the calculation, e.g. 41 + 54, by adding 40 to 54, then 1

Add/subtract single-digit numbers to/from three-digit numbers

Find 20, 30, 90, 100, 200, 300 more/less than three-digit numbers

Understand the relationship between halving and doubling

Shapes and Geometric Reasoning

Identify, describe and draw regular and irregular 2D shapes including pentagons, hexagons, octagons and semi-circles

Classify 2D shapes according to the number of sides, vertices and right angles

Draw and complete 2D shapes with reflective symmetry and draw reflections of shapes (mirror line along one side)

Relate 2D shapes and 3D solids to drawings of them

Identify 2D and 3D shapes, lines of symmetry and right angles in the environment

Identify right angles in 2D shapes

Position and Movement

Use the language of position, direction and movement, including clockwise and anti-clockwise

Find and describe the position of a square on a grid of squares where the rows and columns are labelled

Use a set square to draw right angles

Compare angles with a right angle and recognise that a straight line is equivalent to two right angles
Problem Solving
Using techniques and skills in solving mathematical problems

Check the results of adding two numbers using subtraction, and several numbers by adding in a different order

Check subtraction by adding the answer to the smaller number in the original calculation

Recognise the relationships between different 2D shapes

Using understanding and strategies in solving problems

Identify simple relationships between shapes, e.g. these shapes all have the same number of lines of symmetry

Phonics, Spelling and Vocabulary

Use effective strategies to tackle segmenting unfamiliar words to spell, including segmenting into individual sounds,
separating into syllables, using analogy, identifying known suffixes and prefixes, applying known spelling rules, visual memory,
Learn rules for adding -ing, -ed, -s to verbs.

Grammar and Punctuation

Collect examples of nouns, verbs and adjectives, and use the terms appropriately.
Understand that verbs are necessary for meaning in a sentence.
Maintain accurate use of capital letters and full stops in showing sentences.
Continue to improve consistency in the use of tenses.
Ensure grammatical agreement of pronouns and verbs in using standard English.


Read and follow instructions to carry out an activity.


Establish purpose for writing, using features and style based on model texts.

Speaking and Listening

Take turns in discussion, building on what others have said.

Listen and remember a sequence of instructions.

Physical Education

Students will focus on basic striking skills used in a variety of games including Tennis, Tee Ball and Cricket.
Students will:

focus on applying quality movement skills to a variety of settings

participate in breaking down the rules before playing these games

be encouraged to develop some tactical understanding of the games with their peers


Focus: Line and Shape

Family members

Body parts and basic adjectives

How to describe people by using Body parts and basic


Vietnamese Language and Culture (VLC)

Language focus: Fruits and colours
Year 3 will continue their next VLC topics with Fruits and
Colours. During VLC lessons, the students will learn how to
name different fruits and colours in Vietnamese. One of their
tasks is to apply their newly learnt vocabularies about fruits and
colours to describe their favourite fruits. The students will also
learn simple conversation for purchasing fruits in Vietnamese.
Culture focus: Floating Markets
Year 3 will inquire into the culture of Vietnamese Floating
Markets consisting of long boats loaded with fruits, vegetables,
flowers and other goods in The Mekong Delta.

Ms Naomi Stewart
Ms Kellie Packer

Mr Ben Mansell
Ms Alex Andrews

Year 3 Teachers
Thu Thiem Campus

Year 3 Teachers
Thao Dien Campus

Central Idea: Everything in our lives is created using lines and


Using line to create expression

Differentiating free-form organic and geometric shapes

Drawing from observation


Artists use lines to create a mood.

Objects in real life are either free-form organic or

geometric shapes.

Combining a variety of geometric shapes in one artwork

creates a complex geometric design.
Vietnamese National Curriculum (VNC)
In unit 2, year 3 VNC will be continued on the 3 topics: Teacher/
grandparents / parents. Through these students will have
chances to learn new vocabulary, new grammatical points, how
to write a paragraph as well as review the phonic.
Students will develop their Music notation and performance
skills focusing on the Music Elements of Duration (staying time
to a steady beat) and Pitch (recognizing high and low notes).
They will learn melodies on the Glockenspiels and Xylophones
and songs connected to their Unit of Inquiry. Melodies and
songs will include The polkadots 'Communication' and 'Time to