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. 

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

ACHASSI122

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


ACHASSI123

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


ACHASSI127

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


ACHASSI129

Evaluate evidence to draw conclusions


ACHASSI130

Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges


ACHASSI133

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


ACHASSK134

Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia’s Federation and Constitution


ACHASSK135

Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children


ACHASSK136

Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia since Federation (including from ONE country of the Asia region) and reasons they migrated


ACHASSK137

The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation


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


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


HT3-1

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


HT3-2

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


VIC

VCGGC088

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


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


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


VCHHK093

The significance of key figures and events that led to Australia’s Federation, including British and American influences on Australia’s system of law and government


VCHHK094

The different experiences and perspectives of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, migrants, women, and children


VCHHK095

The stories and perspectives of people who migrated to Australia, including from one Asian country, and the reasons they migrated


VCHHK096

Significant contributions of individuals and groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and migrants, to changing Australian society


Overview

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.
     
Learning Intention
  • We are learning to understand key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia’s Federation and Constitution.
  • We are learning to understand the experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children.
  • We are learning to understand stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia since Federation (including from ONE country of the Asia region) and reasons they migrated.
  • We are learning to understand the contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation.
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