Learning with and through technologies


Term 2 History

Australia as a nation

– The history of migration in Australia.

– Connections to the Australian Curriculum

History Year 6

Australia as a nation

The Year 6 curriculum moves from colonial Australia to the development of Australia as a nation, particularly after 1900. Students explore the factors that led to Federation and experiences of democracy and citizenship over time. Students understand the significance of Australia’s British heritage, the Westminster system, and other models that influenced the development of Australia’s system of government. Students learn about the way of life of people who migrated to Australia and their contributions to Australia’s economic and social development.

The content provides opportunities to develop historical understanding through keyconcepts including sources, continuity and changecause and effect, perspectives, empathy and significance.

These concepts may be investigated within a particular historical context to facilitate an understanding of the past and to provide a focus for historical inquiries.

The history content at this year level involves two strands: Historical Knowledge and Understanding and Historical Skills. These strands are interrelated and should be taught in an integrated way; they may be integrated across learning areas and in ways that are appropriate to specific local contexts. The order and detail in which they are taught are programming decisions.

A framework for developing students’ historical knowledge, understanding and skills is provided by inquiry questions through the use and interpretation of sources.

Key inquiry questions

  1. Why and how did Australia become a nation?
  2. How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century?
  3. Who were the people who came to Australia? Why did they come?
  4. What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society?

Year 6 Achievement Standard

By the end of Year 6, students identify change and continuity and describe the causes and effects of change on society. They compare the different experiences of people in the past. They explain the significance of an individual and group.

Students sequence events and people (their lifetime) in chronological order, and represent time by creating timelines. When researching, students develop questions to frame an historical inquiry. They identify a range of sources and locate and compare information to answer inquiry questions. They examine sources to identify and describe points of view. Students develop texts, particularly narratives and descriptions. In developing these texts and organising and presenting their information, they use historicalterms and concepts and incorporate relevant sources.

Resources we are using in room 34

Behind the News – Population

Hungry Beast – Three refugee experiences

World Population – National Geographic

Immigration site – http://www.immi.gov.au/about/anniversary/videos.htm

Poster advertising Australia http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/?irn=52927

Paul Hogan ad 1980s

Comments on: "History" (4)

  1. james rendell said:


  2. Nice try James! LOL

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