Years 5 and 6 School Resources

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Curriculum Context

Level: Year 5-6

Curriculum areas: English, Science, Civics and Citizenship

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Literacy, ICT capability, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding

The Ultimate Gift


This learning sequence explores the scientific and social implications of organ transplant through the story of Coen Ashton, who received a lung transplant as a result of chronic cystic fibrosis. The sequence investigates the impact cystic fibrosis had physically and socially on Coen and provides background information on the disease. The activities guide students to research and prepare a brochure that could be used to support other students who suffer long term illnesses. The resource also links to other first-hand stories of other young Australians who have benefited from organ donation.

Download the Year 5-6 Resource Package (PDF 744KB)

Resource language: English


ScOT terms

Organ transplants; Lungs; Diseases; Expositions (Factual texts); Reasoning




Audience user level: Year 5; Year 6

Audience role: Teacher

Audience sector: School


National key learning area and strands: English; Science


Educational value

  • This is a valuable resource that supports the Science as a Human Endeavour strand of the science curriculum, particularly as it relates to appreciating how medical sciences have led to improvements in people's lives.
  • The resource is particularly valuable in supporting the personal and social general capability of social awareness as it encourages students to appreciate the perspectives of others and their diverse needs.
  • The resource provides a compelling context for students to participate in meaningful discussions based on prior inquiry. The resource provides very useful scaffolds that support productive conversations and sharing of ideas. The production of a brochure to capture student understanding of the values that underpin this resource provides a creative response to the topic.
  • The content and language of the resource is appropriate and considered and the inclusion of a combination of written and video-based texts provides for a range of learning preferences.

Other objective

Australian Curriculum Content Description (Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions

Other objective

Australian Curriculum Content Description (Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions

Other objective

Australian Curriculum Content Description (Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience

Other objective

Australian Curriculum Content Description (Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts

Date of contribution: 2016-06-01

Meta-metadata language: English

Learning resource type: Teacher guide


Rights description

© Organ and Tissue Authority. This material may be used and reproduced free of charge for non-commercial educational purposes, provided all acknowledgements are retained.


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