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Year 4 Classroom Resources

Year 4 Level Description

How people, places and environments interact, past and present

The Year 4 curriculum focuses on interactions between people, places and environments over time and space and the effects of these interactions. Students gain opportunities to expand their world knowledge and learn about the significance of environments, examining how people’s need and want of resources over time has affected peoples, societies and environments. Specifically, students study European exploration and colonisation in Australia and elsewhere up to the early 1800s and life for Indigenous Australians pre- and post-contact. They examine the concept of sustainability, and its application to resource use and waste management, past and present, by different groups. The curriculum introduces the role of local government, laws and rules, and group belonging and how they meet people’s needs. 

Inquiry Questions

  • How have laws affected the lives of people, past and present?
  • What were the short- and long-term effects of European settlement on the local environment and Indigenous land and water management practices?
  • What is the significance of the environment and what are different views on how it can be used and sustained, past and present?

(Australian Curriculum)

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Image by Etienne  Year 4  - The Southport School 2015 for a poster competition by SEAQ titled, ' My Role as a Citizen in My Community'

Learning Areas

Cross Curriculum Priorities

Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia


  • Effects of Climate Change on Coral Bleaching:
  • The African Garden Days Scrapbook' is a resource full of ideas and advice to help you make the most of sustainable gardening activities in your school'
  • Taking Care of Earth Together: A unit that allows students to explore pressing issues that relate to our shared responsibility to care for the environment for future generations. The unit uses the picture book The Tomorrow Book by Jackie French
  • Recycling Mobile phones:
  • Life Cycle Flash Cards:

  • Ethical Understanding

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

    General Capabilities

    Personal and Social Capability

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