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AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL “Leading to a Bright Future” Year 3 Curriculum Overview Unit of Inquiry


“Leading to a Bright Future”

Year 3 Curriculum Overview

Unit of Inquiry 1

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 Relationships are enhanced by learning about other people’s perspectives and understanding our own.

Concepts Form, Perspective, Reflection

Related concepts Communication, Open Mindedness, Empathy

Lines of Inquiry

Social interactions (form)

Understanding your own perspective (perspective)

Acknowledging other perspectives (perspective)

Managing and resolving conflict (reflection)

Phonics, Spelling and Vocabulary


Use effective strategies to tackle blending unfamiliar words to read, including sounding out, separating into syllables, using analogy, identifying known suffixes and prefixes, using context.

Grammar and Punctuation

Collect examples of nouns, verbs and adjectives, and use the terms appropriately.

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 aloud with expression to engage the listener.

Understand and use the terms ‘fact’, ‘fiction’ and ‘non-fiction’.

Answer questions with some reference to single points in a text.

Locate books by classification.


Write first-person accounts and descriptions based on observation.

Ensure consistency in the size and proportion of letters and the spacing of words.

Speaking and Listening

Listen and respond appropriately to others’ views and opinions.

Develop sensitivity to ways that others express meaning in their talk and non-verbal communication


Numbers & The Number System


Recite numbers 100 to 200 and beyond

Read and write numbers to at least 1000

Count on and back in ones, tens and hundreds from two- and three-digit numbers

Count on and back in steps of 2, 3, 4 and 5 to at least 50


Know addition and subtraction facts for all numbers to 20

Know the following addition and subtraction facts:

- multiples of 100 with a total of 1000

- multiples of 5 with a total of 100

Add several small numbers

Handling data

Organising, categorising and representing data

Answer a real-life question by collecting, organising and interpreting data, e.g. investigating the population of mini-beasts in different environments

Use tally charts, frequency tables, pictograms (symbol representing one or two units) and bar charts (intervals labelled in ones or twos)

Use Venn or Carroll diagrams to sort data and objects using two criteria

Using understanding and strategies in solving problems

Use ordered lists and tables to help to solve problems systematically

Describe and continue patterns which count on or back in steps of 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, or 100

Identify simple relationships between numbers, e.g. each number is three more than the number before it

Vietnamese National Curriculum (VNC)

Topic: Students, Friends and School

In unit 1, year 3 VNC will be focused on the 3 topics:

Em là học sinh- I am a student/ Bạn bè-friends/ Trường học- school . Through these, students will have chances to learn new vocabulary, new grammatical points, how to write a paragraph, as well as, review their phonics.

Physical Education

During the first unit of inquiry, students in Physical Education will be involved in Adventure Based Learning with a focus on the learner profile and leadership. Students will be actively engaged in a range of activities that will encourage them to get to know each other, develop confidence and their ability to work together, as well as improve gross motor skills associated with a range of games.

Chinese (Mandarin)

School uniform 校服 基础衣物,颜色,穿着

-Daily school wearing and colours. -Describe what one wears -Talk about one’s likes/dislikes about colour and clothes -Read and write key words and sentences in characters radicals

Tracey Smith Deputy Principal Primary

Vietnamese Language and Culture (VLC)

*Language forcus: SOCIAL INTERACTIONS (Collaborate)

Year 3 VLC will collaborate with home room classes to inquire into the central idea for this term. During VLC lessons, the students will focus on two lines of inquiry “Social interaction” and “Acknowledging other perspective”. They will learn how to greet people probably according to their age and gender ( anh,ch,em, cô, chú, ông, bà, ba, m).

Year 3 will also explore the cultural differences between Vietnamese and Western in term of greeting and learn a Vietnamese children song called “Lời chào bui sáng“

*Culture forcus: MOON FESTIVAL -Moon Festival focus on common activities and lantern decoration.


Year 3 students will be introduced to tuned percussion instruments (glockenspiels and xylophones) focusing on the musical elements of pitch (high and low) and duration (long and short). Students will also prepare songs and dances to perform at the ‘Moon Festival’ on 25 September.

Ben Mansell Year 3 TD Campus

Kellie Packer Year 3 TT Campus

Alex Andrews Year 3 TD Campus

Naomi Stewart Year 3 TT Campus