Beneath Our Feet - Primary Connections

Beneath Our Feet - Primary Connections
Publication Date: June, 2014
Type of Resource: Unit of Work

This unit of work investigates soils, rocks and the landscape.

The resource provides opportunities for students to explore how natural processes and human activity shape their surroundings.

Students’ understanding of soils, rocks and landscapes and how they change over time is developed through hands-on activities and student-planned investigations.

Students also investigate factors that affect the erosion of soils.

New Australian Curriculum 9 Codes: AC9S3U02 (Year 3), AC9S5U02 (Year 5)

Additional Information

General Capabilities:

The unit provides opportunities to develop General Capabilities, in particular

  • literacy
  • critical and creative thinking

The Cross Curriculum priority of Sustainability is also developed by:

  • discussing mechanisms of erosion and how these can affect soils and landscapes;
  • developing understanding of how human impact on the environment affects soils and landscapes;
  • developing knowledge, skills and values for making decisions about individual and community actions that contribute to sustainable patterns of use of the Earth’s natural resources.

Primary Connections is a program developed by the Australian Academy of Science and is freely available to Australian educators through the National Digital Learning Resources Network via either the Scootle website or your local jurisdictional portal. This process requires registration on one of these sites and you will be asked to log in to access these resources.

Refer to your school science resources to determine if your school has access to the Primary Connections materials. If your school does not have access to the PrimaryConnections resources visit the Australian Academy of Science's Primary Connection website to find out more about the program.

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 4 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human... > ACSSU075