This unit is based on the Year 6 Australian Curriculum HASS Inquiry Skills, Knowledge and Understandings.

Students explore Australian Federation and influential people, including Sir Henry Parkes.

They investigate the development of the constitution, exploring the importance of the Magna Carta.

Students discuss the Australian System of law and government, the influences of both British and US systems, and make comparisons between Australian and US models.

They investigate democracy and citizenship and the lack of rights for indigenous Australians, exploring the Stolen Generation, as well as advocates such as Jack Patten.

Students explore migration through migration stories and the contribution of migrants to Australia through the three industry sectors and the Snowy Mountain Scheme.

They investigate the sustainability of indigenous group environments and the influence on the development on industry. 

8 x 1 hour lessons
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In this unit students will:

  • Investigate Federation, why it occurred and the influential people of that time.
  • Explore the development and influences on structures of Australian government and law.
  • Explore democracy and citizenship, and investigate lack of rights for groups.
  • Investigate migration, where people migrated from and their contribution to Australia’s social and economic development.
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