You, me and us stage: 3

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YOU, ME and US

Stage: 3, Year 5

Unit Duration: 10 Lessons

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Terms 1 2 3 4

Enduring Understandings:

E1. Rights are accompanied by responsibilities to promote similar rights for others.

E.2 The family itself is of profound value. It provides our most formative early experiences, meets so many of your basic needs and prepares us for living a full and virtuous life.

E.3 By means of communication that is honest, supportive and based in trust, we affirm the value of each other and act in ways that enhance our relationships.

E.4 Communities can provide us with a safe environment and help us cope with change.

Essential Questions:

  • What factors influence my ability to develop positive and caring relationships with others?

  • How does communication, conflict resolution and my ability to cope with change affect my relationships?

Major Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

IRS3.11 Describes roles and responsibilities in developing and maintaining positive relationships

INS3.3 Acts in ways that enhance the contribution of self and others in a range of cooperative situations

Values and Attitudes

V2 Respects the right of others to hold different values and attitudes from their own

Lesson Overview

1-2. What are rights and responsibilities? (E.1)

  1. How does my family meet my basic needs? (E.2)

  2. What makes a good friend? (E.3)

  3. What is power in relationships? (E.3)

  4. How do I cope with conflict? (E.3)

  5. How can I be a peace maker?(E.4)

  6. How can I cope with life changes? (E.4)

9-10. How can we be Cybersmart? (E3, E4)
KidsMatter SEL Focus
Major: Relationship Skills – Communication;

Responsible Decision Making - Problem-Solving;

Relationship Skills – Building Relationships;

Responsible Decision Making - Respecting others; Self-Management - Managing emotions; Relationship Skills – Negotiation; Self Awareness - Identifying emotions; Responsible Decision Making - Assuming personal Responsibility; Social Awareness – Appreciating Diversity

Minor: Responsible Decision Making – Analysing situations; Social Awareness – Perspective-Taking; Social Awareness – Appreciating Diversity; Self Awareness - Recognising Strengths; Responsible Decision Making - Assuming personal Responsibility: Relationship Skills - Refusal

Contributing Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

GDS3.9 Explains and demonstrates strategies for dealing with changes


DMS3.2 Makes informed decisions and accepts responsibility for consequences

COS3.1 Communicates confidently in a variety of situations

PSS3.5 Suggests, considers and selects appropriate alternatives when resolving problems

Values and Attitudes

V1 Refers to a sense of their own worth and dignity

V3 Enjoys a sense of belonging
Catholic Dimension/Towards Wholeness (TW) (Also refer to overview of TW for this unit)

Interpersonal Relationships

Human beings find their true place within community; they grow towards maturity through the relationships they maintain. We all depend on each other and, as we mature, we grow in awareness of our responsibility for each other. Alone and isolated we cannot develop our gifts and live as God intended. Among family, friends, members of our peer group and others, we find our place as contributing members of society. It calls us all to enter freely into loving and forgiving relationships that are embedded in community, to develop such qualities as honesty, respect, empathy, openness and a commitment to equality.

Growth and Development

God has created each of us to grow into the fullness of life. We are made in God’s image and therefore, we are of inherent dignity and worth. Our sexuality is an intrinsic part of ourselves, to be celebrated and expressed with joy and responsibility, according to God’s plan. Each person grows and changes, passing through stages on a journey towards full maturity. God is with us on this journey, reassuring and challenging. We are never alone.

Foundation Statements

Students examine key factors that contribute to a balanced lifestyle and keeping safe and healthy. They examine nutritional information, disease prevention and the effects of drugs on the body and they identify behaviours that impact on wellbeing. Students assess the safety of situations in home, school, water and road environments and identify appropriate responses. They describe and practise a range of personal safety strategies that could be used in threatening or abusive situations. They take responsibility for personal decisions, recognising the effects that decisions have on self and others.

Students describe the factors that influence personal identity and examine the physical, social and emotional changes that occur during puberty. They devise strategies for coping with change, grief and loss. They value the differences between individuals and challenge discrimination and harassment. Students value different roles and responsibilities in relationships, the importance of communication and they practise positive ways to deal with conflict.

Suggested Correlation With Other KLAs

  • Narrative Text (concept development)

  • Personal Response

  • Literary Description

  • Poetry

  • Multimodal

  • Visual Literacies

Creative Arts

  • Drama – Performing and Appreciating

  • Social Systems and Structures

- rights and responsibilities

- decision-making

  • Cultures

- belief systems


The following websites have been selected to enhance various concepts being taught throughout this unit. Most of the sites listed can be linked to more than one of the lessons being taught. Teachers may like to add them to the school intranet site. Some of the following sites have a great deal of information and it is important for the teacher to choose sections that are relevant to the needs and maturity of his/her class.









Subject Matter

Interpersonal Relationships


  • Personal rights

  • Rights and responsibilities

  • Sources of power

  • Coercion

  • Harassment

  • Types of abuse

  • Effects of abuse

  • Solving problems
  • Importance of positive relationships

  • Relating to people

  • Changing networks

  • Challenging discrimination

  • Anti discrimination legislation


  • Appropriate expression of feelings

  • Assertiveness

  • ‘I’ messages

  • Listening skills

  • Barriers to communication

  • Conflict resolution/negotiation

  • Supporting others

  • Recognising and articulating feelings


  • Parental rights and responsibilities

  • Sibling dependence

  • Mutual dependence; rights and responsibilities


  • Developing and maintaining friendships

  • Rights and responsibilities

  • Positive peer influence

  • Acting on concerns for others

  • Changing groups

  • Peer support

  • Roles and responsibilities

Growth and Development

Personal Identity

  • Influences on self-esteem and behaviour

- family, friends, community

- increased responsibility

  • Feelings

  • about self and others

Unit Evaluation

Sample teacher and student unit evaluations are included at the end of the unit.


Assessment strategies are included in each lesson.

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