Grade 3-4

Who we are

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Central Idea

Homes can reflect personal identity and culture.

Lines of Inquiry

  • Homes have distinctive features.(form)
  • Our homes reflect our culture, personal lives and history.(Connection)
  • The surrounding environment guides the types of homes we build. (Causation)

Key Concepts

responsibility, reflection, causation

Where we are in place and time

An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the inter-connectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

Central Idea

Celebrations and commemorations have historical and cultural origins.

Lines of Inquiry

  • Important events from the past have significance today.(causation)
  • Celebrations and commemorations can change over time. (change)
  • Celebrations and commemorations can promote peace and understanding. (responsibility)

Key Concepts

change, causation, responsibility

How we express ourselves

An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.


Central Idea

People use different types of media to provoke emotions and persuade others to take action.

Lines of Inquiry

  • Persuasive techniques can provoke emotions. (function)
  • There can be different points of view in the media. (perspective)
  • The media can influence the way people engage and respond to ideas. (causation)

Key Concepts

function, perspective, causation

How the world works

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.


Central Idea

Matter changes under different environmental conditions.

Lines of Inquiry

  • We need to identify the properties of matter to understand how it changes. (Form)
  • Matter changes into different forms depending on its environmental conditions. (Change)
  • Science involves planned methodical and accurate observations. (Reflection)

Key Concepts

form, reflection, change

How we organise ourselves

An inquiry into the inter-connectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Central Idea

Cities provide interconnected services and systems designed to meet people’s needs.

Lines of Inquiry

  • Cities need a range of services and systems. (function)
  • Human settlements grow and change (Causation)
  • Many people are responsible for the organisation of a city.(Responsibility)

Key Concepts

responsibility, function, causation

Sharing the planet

An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Central Idea

Environments provide finite resources and human choices of how to use them affect living things.

Lines of Inquiry

  • Living things, depend on each other and the environment to survive. (connection)
  • Natural resources can be used sustainably. (causation)
  • People are responsible for the sustainable management of waste. (responsibility)

Key Concepts

responsibility, connection, causation