This unit is based on the Year 5 Australian Curriculum HASS Civics and Citizenships Knowledge and Understandings. Students explore Australia’s democratic government, including the meaning of terms, the three levels of government and the current representatives. They learn about the core defining values of Australia’s democratic government, the role of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), current issues including the citizenship saga, and compulsory voting. Students prepare and re-enact an election. Laws, regulations enforcements are explored. Students research community support groups, including those that provide support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

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Australian Curriculum - (QLD/SA/WA/NT/TAS/ACT)

ACHASSI094

Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges


ACHASSI095

Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources


ACHASSI096

Organise and represent data in a range of formats including tables, graphs and large- and small-scale maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions


ACHASSI098

Examine primary sources and secondary sources to determine their origin and purpose


ACHASSI099

Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and present


ACHASSI100

Interpret data and information displayed in a range of formats to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns and trends, and to infer relationships


ACHASSI101

Evaluate evidence to draw conclusions


ACHASSI103

Use criteria to make decisions and judgements and consider advantages and disadvantages of preferring one decision over others


ACHASSI104

Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects


ACHASSI105

Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventions


ACHASSK115

The key values that underpin Australia’s democracy


ACHASSK116

The key features of the electoral process in Australia


ACHASSK117

Why regulations and laws are enforced and the personnel involved


ACHASSK118

How people with shared beliefs and values work together to achieve a civic goal


NSW

HT3-5

Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication


GE3-4

Acquires, processes and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry


GE3-2

Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments


HT3-3

Identifies change and continuity and describes the causes and effects of change on Australian society


HT3-4

Describes and explains the struggles for rights and freedoms in Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples


HT3-2

Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time


HT3-1

Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia


VIC

VCGGC088

Collect and record relevant geographical data and information from the field and secondary sources, using ethical protocols


VCGGC089

Represent the location of places and other types of geographical data and information in different forms including diagrams, field sketches and large-scale and small-scale maps that conform to cartographic conventions of border, scale, legend, title, north point and source; using digital and spatial technologies as appropriate


VCHHC083

Identify the origin, content features and the purpose of historical sources and describe the context of these sources when explaining daily life in colonial Australia, reasons for migration and causes and effects of Federation


VCGGC090

Interpret maps and other geographical data and information using digital and spatial technologies as appropriate, to develop identifications, descriptions, explanations and conclusions that use geographical terminology


VCCCG008

Discuss the values, principles and institutions that underpin Australia’s democratic forms of government and explain how this system is influenced by the Westminster system


VCCCG010

Identify and discuss the key features of the Australian electoral process


VCCCL013

Explain how and why laws are enforced and describe the roles and responsibilities of key personnel in law enforcement, and in the legal system


VCCCC016

Investigate how people with shared beliefs and values work together to achieve their goals and plan for action


Overview

In this unit students explore the following concepts;

  • What is democracy in Australia and why is voting in a democracy important?
  • Why do we have laws and regulations?
  • How and why do people participate in groups to achieve shared goals?
Learning Intention
  • We are learning to understand the key values that underpin Australia’s democracy.
  • We are learning to understand the key features of the electoral process in Australia.
  • We are learning to understand why regulations and laws are enforced and the personnel involved.
  • We are learning to understand how people with shared beliefs and values work together to achieve a civic goal.
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