Designing a productive garden (Science year 4 & 5)

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Curriculum Code:

Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)

Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE217)


Increase students design and scientific skills as they design a school yard productive garden.


– Discuss the students understanding of a ‘productive garden’. What is a productive garden? How can we create one? When thinking about a garden and its crops what do we need to consider.
– Use the IWB link to help make a list of these concerns.

Link: Growing A Productive Garden


Search TV4Education for “Gardening Australia ACSSU073” and watch clip from 13:54 till 19:05.

– Discuss the issues that were brought up about the need for a community garden.

Add them to the list created above in ‘Growing a productive garden’.


– Help place students into pairs and set them the task of designing their own productive garden. Students will need to show its size and the different types of plants and animals they will include.

– Draw the garden and surrounding buildings, walkways and water in order to show it’s area in the school.

– They will also need to be able to instruct others how their garden is productive.

This lesson could be a great lead up to a science project, using research tools students would be able to design and justify the reasons for their garden design and choice of animals and plants.


Growing a Productive garden doc.

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Saving Energy (Science Year 1,2 & 3)

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Curriculum Code:

Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed (ACSSU020) People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE022) People use science in their daily lives, including when caring for their environment and living things (ACSHE035)
Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (ACSHE051)


Students develop understanding of energy and how to save energy.


– Ask students about energy, what gives us energy?
– Sing a song or dance of high energy which will show good instructions on how to use up energy.
– Once complete ask students how they feel? Did you feel this way before we sung or danced?
– Explain energy, what uses it, how we use it? How we need to save it etc.
– Listen to the story ‘The Day Amy saved the World’ and then discuss what she did to save energy.


– Have students look at different energy uses around the home. Have students make a list of different items in the house that use energy. Open up the link below and look at the different items in Amy’s house that uses energy.
– Link: Amy’s Energy saving website. (Click on Amy’s House)
– Watch Eco Maths Clip –


– Have students use the link below to draw different items in their house that uses energy. Talk about ways we can reduce the energy used at home.
– Have students place this into their science books.
– Link: We can Save Energy


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Amy’s Energy saving website.
We can Save Energy doc.

My Life in Year 7 – with full Study Guides

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The whiz kids behind “My life in year 12” are bringing out a new series –

My life in year 7.

This time you and your students will be able to explore many themes that affect students transitioning from primary school to high school. Puberty, making friends, study load, expectations and home life are all explored in a very real way.

Once again, Princess Pictures, have graciously provided full study guides to help you get the best out of your students while watching the program. You can download the study guide by clicking here or search for “my year 7 life” on TV4Education.

The series will be airing on ABC – and you can get every episode as soon as it becomes available through TV4Education.

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Shark Tank – Investing and Entrepreneurship

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Humanities and Social Sciences – Economics and Business

Curriculum Code: (ACHEK020)

Students understand how people derive an Alternative sources income.


Ask students to give you 10 different businesses that they use everyday. (E.G. apple, coles etc)


Shark Tank

Owning a business
Be your Own Boss

Choose a business case from each of the programs and ask students if they would invest/Start that business.

Divide class into business owners and investors. Give half different businesses with Financials, growth and details.
Give the other Half a portfolio of money and different businesses they own.
Use Shark Tank.doc to look at businesses and investors portfolios, you can use this list create your own or get your students to make up businesses.

Get students with businesses to find investment and investors to find a business that will be good for their portfolio.
Get students to discuss why they should be invested in or why they should accept the terms from the investor.
After get them to explain why they choose their partners.
Read out list of successful companies and the companies who failed. (Mix up the ones that didn’t get investment with those that did that were successful)

Stock Market Game

The Moon Landing – 48th Anniversary


48 Years ago today man first stepped on the moon. Here are some videos about the controversial moon landing.

Journey Into Space With Dr Duffy And Grace – Why Does The Moon Change Shape 3:21

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For a lesson on the solar system click here

Spinning Earth – It’s Fidget time. Year 3 Science Reading time 5 Minutes


Mythbusters – Nasa Moon Landing 44:51

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When We Left Earth – The NASA Missions – Friends and Rivals 43:09

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Friends and Rivals – In this episode, nine new astronauts arrive at NASA. Their mission? Test the procedures required to land men on the moon and bring them safely back to earth.

Stargazing Live Extras Upside Down Moon 4:02

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Stargazing Live Extras Moon Facts 4:09

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Wallace And Gromit – A Grand Day Out (1989) 22:40

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Christmas in July


Christmas in July is a Christmas celebration held in the month of July, the nature of which differs by hemisphere.

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The Grinch (2000)

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Yogi’s First Christmas (1980)

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Adam Ruins Everything – Christmas

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KRAMPUS (2015)

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Rude Tube – Christmas

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Now you’re ready for Christmas in July.

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We have over 100,000 resources on TV4education, so don’t forget to look up any topic you need on there

8 Groundhog Day Moments That Pretty Much Sum Up term 3

Tips and Tricks

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Term 3 – Looks familiar

Going over topics you have already covered.

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When you have set up your classroom ready for the term and it starts getting messy.

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When your students begin to show interest.

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And then you mention the upcoming tests.

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When you can’t hang out on the weekends because you have to spend them grading.

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When a student you have been working with finally “get’s it”

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And your students complain about the upcoming tests.


But eventually it all comes together and it was worth the journey and hard work because they say thank you for everything.

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Never seen the movie? You can watch it here


Introduction to Romeo and Juliet – Year 10 English


Year 10 English

Aim: Introducing ideas, language and themes of Romeo and Juliet.


Short animated clip of Romeo and Juliet

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Shakespeare’s Globe – ROMEO AND JULIET (2010)

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When Romeo Met Juliet S1 E1

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Rwanda & Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Movies:

Romeo And Juliet (1968)

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Romeo And Juliet (1996)

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West Side Story (1961)

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Indigenous Language and Identity: NAIDOC Week 2017


The 2017 theme – Our Languages Matter – aims to emphasize and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds.

Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on.


First Contact (s02e01)

Ray Martin takes a group of six well-known Australians with diverse, deeply entrenched preconceptions and opinions about our nation’s Indigenous people on a journey into Aboriginal Australia when First Contact returns for a brand new season over three big nights. The participants are singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia, ex-One Nation politician David Oldfield, TV personality Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson, comedian Tom Ballard, former Miss Universe Australia Renae Ayris, and actress Nicki Wendt. In this first episode, the journey begins in Uluru before host Ray Martin directs the group to Kununurra in the Kimberley, Western Australia, where the Aboriginal community is battling against alcohol, family violence, and suicide.

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Mabo – Life Of An Island Man

This award-winning documentary details the private and public stories of a man so passionate about family and home that he fought an entire nation and its legal system to have he and his people recognised as the rightful owners of Murray Island in the Torres Strait.

MABO Movie

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Conversations with Australian artists John Mawurndjul

This short documentary goes through the works of John Mawurndjul, one of Australia’s leading Indigenous artists from western Arnhem Land. Mawurndjul does fascinating and brilliant work in the art of rarrk painting, also known as crosshatching. His passion and talent for his art make him an internationally famous figure.

Colour Theory – Wreck Bay (s03e01)

The spectacular coastline of Wreck Bay on the south coast of NSW is the ‘home country’ of artists Julie Freeman & her son Clive, for whom ‘Aboriginality is about reading country’.

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Colour Theory – Karla Dickens (s03e02)

For Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens, art is a source of healing and redemption. From her sanctuary in the hinterlands of northern NSW, Karla discovers treasure in the trash of a modern world.

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The Long Walk 10 Years – Michael Long

This video celebrates and recognises Essendon AFL great Michael Long’s 2004 walk from Melbourne to Canberra to seek an audience with Prime Minister John Howard. Long, fed up with the treatment of indigenous Australians on the field, created a movement that had lasting impacts both on and off the field.

Carry The Flag

This is a rich and powerful story of a man whose design for a flag for the Torres Strait created meaning for a people once invisible to mainland Australia. An important act, today the flag allows the people of the Torres Strait to celebrate their culture and history and comes with a great sense of pride.

Clouded History

A look at the historical significance and the colonial impact on Indigenous people of tobacco as well as the many campaigns against smoking and current programs within community.

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Bedevil is a trilogy of Indigenous supernatural tales.

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Still Frothin – Relive the 2016 Australian Indigenous Surfing

Relive the 2016 Australian Indigenous Surfing titles in this high energy and fast paced musically driven half hour of power.

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Message Stick 480 Mabo From Little Things Big Things Grow

Exploring the extensive Message Stick archive, we take a look at the historical events, the quest for social justice and the political struggles that have shaped us as Indigenous Australians. We also celebrate the extraordinary people who have strived to maintain culture, who have broken new ground, who have scaled the heights of the arts and who have been lauded for their sporting feats.

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Keeping history and language alive through songlines.

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Analyzing advertising, Blogging and Film.


Aim: To teach students how to analyze advertising, blogs, and films. Giving them understanding into the different techniques and elements used to create each of the above disciplines.

Preparing: Pick a blog, series of adverts or a movie and have the students watch or read the content, noting down as much as possible about the language used, imagery, music, and elements.

For a Film: A quick search of TV4Education with the keyword being “Film (2014) will bring up all the movies that were made in that year. We do have a number of new releases also. Once you have found the movie, you can then do the analysis in the following format.

For advertising: Since TV4Education has all of its videos ad free the best way to find adverts on TV4Education is to look for shows who talk about them for example Gruen

You can also use Youtube to find great advertising videos.


You can also use Atom Lessons



Film: Film theory

Matrix Education

Full Movie here: TV4Education Link

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Full Movie here: TV4Education Link

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Writing Commons

Understand Media



Enter an Australian Film Competition


Understand Media

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Free Educational Videos for the Classroom

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Just like you, I enjoy a good freebie. So here are my top tips for finding free educational videos to use in the Australian classroom.


The most famous and most probably the largest video hosting website in the world.

YouTube is great, it has so many videos on there we can spend hours watching just one topic, whenever I have a problem either on the computer or in real life I can find a video that shows me what to do and this is the same with education and using videos in your classroom.

So like they said:

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But how much is it actually costing you in time? (our most precious resource) both personally and professionally to use youtube to find these videos? How do we know which video is good and which one demonstrates exactly what we are looking for?

Don’t despair, we have something pretty neat to help you.

Curated YouTube, from TV4Education our research team have gone through YouTube to find the best videos and matched them to the Australian Curriculum. This means you can do one search and find what’s relevant and actually good. Failing that you can search through the over 101 thousand videos on TV4Education from free to air and Foxtel.

So let’s help your staff save time and save you money by giving them all the best content in an easy to find, matched to the curriculum way.

Don’t forget you can find all the ATOM Lessons match with their accompanying multimedia here:

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Why we will never discount

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Strange huh? A company who tells you that they will never discount and we stand behind that 100%

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Our core principles are that all students deserve an education and therefore the price for our services are the most competitive in the market, so there will never be a need to.

We all love discounts and special offers, but how much do discounts actually cost us?


The biggest question is How will the recoup their lost revenue?

  • By charging me more next year?
  • Having some dodgy unethical fine print such as vendor lock-in?
  • Signing me up for 1 year but then bill me for 3 at a higher rate?
  • Have they been overcharging me for years?
  • Will they overcharge me in the future?
  • Am I getting a stripped down basic service?

All of these sales tactics have been used to target schools in Australia.


So how can we keep our prices so competitive and what is in the fine print of our contract?

We have no fine print or sales tactics, but this is what we do to keep our prices competitive.

  1. Spending money on improving our system not expensive marketing. Look at our SmartSuite system. A mix of artificial intelligence, weighted searching, multimedia and a myriad of lessons.
  2. Australian Owned and Operated – We don’t have a large overseas company siphoning off as much money as they can. We have a talented Australian Team.
  3. Every video on the system is ad-free – We don’t have to all of a sudden employ extra staff to edit videos after years of getting our clients to do the hard work for us.
  4. Small sales team – Our product sells itself.
  5. We own our own cloud, this means we are not paying for expensive storage and then passing this onto our customers.

Our service includes the largest collection of educational videos in Australia; over 100,000. A new state of the art widget-based system that allows you use the system your way.

Hundreds of lessons ready to use with multimedia to match. Teacher, student, and parent collaboration tools.

Give us a call now and find out if SmartSuite will fit into your school