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Mentone Girls' Grammar School | Kerferd Library

Systems help us function: Overview

Course reserves and materials to compliment the teaching of this UOI

Source: Black, S. (2019). Background vector created by freepik.

In working with teachers the library assigns three levels of differentiation against the resources used in these guides. These resource keys support differentiated learning by providing a clear outline of the reading and technical level required to use the content. See following for details.

Resource Key

When accessing content use the numbers below to guide you:


Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

Level 3 resourceLEVEL

Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)


Level 1Books and eBooksUse these books and eBooks to get your research started!

(Although these books are science based they are perfect for all types of research!)

Systems help us function | Curriculum Alignment

Civics and Citizenship

  • Explain how and why people make rules (VCCCL004)
  • Investigate why and how people participate within communities and cultural and social groups (VCCCC006)

Critical and Creative Thinking

  • Explore reactions to a given situation or problem and consider the effect of pre-established preferences (VCCCTQ011)
  • Investigate different techniques to sort facts and extend known ideas to generate novel and imaginative ideas (VCCCTQ012)
  • Consider concrete and pictorial models to facilitate thinking, including a range of visualisation strategies (VCCCTM018)
  • Examine an increased range of learning strategies, including visualisation, note-taking, peer instruction and incubation, and reflect on how these can be applied to different tasks to reach a goal (VCCCTM019)
  • Investigate a range of problem-solving strategies, including brainstorming, identifying, comparing and selecting options, and developing and testing hypotheses (VCCCTM020)

Digital Technologies

  • Explore a range of digital systems with peripheral devices for different purposes, and transmit different types of data (VCDTDS019)
  • Individually and with others, plan, create and communicate ideas and information safely, applying agreed ethical and social protocols (VCDTDI022)
  • Explain how student-developed solutions and existing information systems meet common personal, school or community needs (VCDTCD025)

Health and Physical Education

  • Describe and apply strategies that can be used in situations that make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe (VCHPEP090)
  • Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (VCHPEP091)

Systems help us function | PYP Alignment

Transdisciplinary theme:

  • How we organise ourselves.

Central idea:

  • Systems help us function.

Key concepts:

  • Function.

Related concepts:

  • Organisations.
  • Systems.

Transdisciplinary skills:

  • Research skills.

Learner profile:

  • Inquirers.
  • Knowledgeable.
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