Close message Scootle will be undergoing maintenance between 17:00 to 19:00 on 22 February 2024. You may experience intermittent connection during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Humanities and social sciences / Year 3 / Knowledge and Understanding / Civics and citizenship

Curriculum content descriptions

Who makes rules, why rules are important and the consequences of rules not being followed (ACHASSK071)

  • developing and justifying a set of fair┬árules and consequences for the class
  • identifying familiar rules, how rules protect the rights of others, what their responsibilities are to others, and the consequences when rules are not followed
  • considering why rules differ across contexts (for example, a library, the playground, in class, at home, in games and in cultural groups)
  • discussing situations where it is not fair to have one rule that treats everyone the same, if some people (for example, students with a disability) have different needs or would be unable to follow the rules
  • exploring cultural norms behind some rule-making (for example, removing shoes before entering places of cultural significance)
  • identifying who has the authority to make rules (for example, at school or in a sporting club)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

School rules


Year 3 resources: Community and remembrance

This collection of resources support students to explore the concepts of rules and laws in the community and provides a basic introduction to the legal system. The resources are designed to provide pre- and post-visit activities following an excursion to the West Australian Court but would also be of value as part of classroom ...


Paying It Forward Years 3-4

This resource is a cross-curricular unit about how identity and welfare is affected by the groups and places that students belong to and the services that local government provides. They learn that fair isn’t always equal, the importance of integrity and the role of laws and responsibility in protecting their rights and ...


The Flip Side of Bike Helmets

It's illegal to ride a bike without a helmet in Australia. Sue Abbott and Dr Jake Olivier differ on this issue. This video is designed for students presents both points of view as a stimulus for students to reach their own conclusions. The video discusses how laws are made and explores different points of view on whether ...


Discovering Democracy: rules and laws

Find out why societies need laws by interacting with a slideshow of images and text presenting the development of road rules. Students identify the need for rules and laws on our roads and in society and complete a related task.