Our Earth’s Magic Materials

Students understand the properties, uses, and impact of everyday materials. They investigate the Cultural, Environmental and Social impacts of mining in Australia.

Cross Curriculum Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures


First Nations communities of Australia maintain a deep connection to, and responsibility for, Country/Place and have holistic values and belief systems that are connected to the land, sea, sky and waterways.


First Nations Australian societies are diverse and have distinct cultural expressions such as language, customs and beliefs. As First Nations Peoples of Australia, they have the right to maintain, control, protect and develop their cultural expressions, while also maintaining the right to control, protect and develop culture as Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property.


First Nations Australians’ ways of life reflect unique ways of being, knowing, thinking and doing.


Australia has 2 distinct First Nations Peoples; each encompasses a diversity of nations across Australia. Aboriginal Peoples are the first peoples of Australia and have occupied the Australian continent for more than 60,000 years. Torres Strait Islander Peoples are the First Nations Peoples of the Torres Strait and have occupied the region for over 4,000 years.


The significant and ongoing contributions of First Nations Australians and their histories and cultures are acknowledged locally, nationally and globally.



World views are formed by experiences at personal, local, national and global levels, and are linked to individual, community, business and political actions for sustainability.


Creative and innovative design is integral to the identification of new ways of sustainable living.


Curriculum Links


Examine the properties of natural and made materials including fibres, metals, glass and plastics and consider how these properties influence their use


Pose questions to explore observed patterns and relationships and make predictions based on observations


Follow procedures to make and record observations, including making formal measurements using familiar scaled instruments and using digital tools as appropriate


Construct and use representations, including tables, simple column graphs and visual or physical models, to organise data and information, show simple relationships and identify patterns


Sustainable use and management of renewable and non-renewable resources, including the custodial responsibility First Nations Australians have for Country/Place


Plan, create, edit and publish written and multimodal imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, using visual features, relevant linked ideas, complex sentences, appropriate tense, synonyms and antonyms, correct spelling of multisyllabic words and simple punctuation


Plan, create, rehearse and deliver structured oral and/or multimodal presentations to report on a topic, tell a story, recount events or present an argument using subjective and objective language, complex sentences, visual features, tone, pace, pitch and volume

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Unit Includes

  • 1 Focus Area
  • 5 Lessons



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