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

Students explore events from the past and how we remember them through commemorations.

They investigate events that we commemorate and sequence them in relation to the months of the year in which they occur.

Students discuss how events from the past can be retold and remembered in stories. They learn and sequence the Aboriginal Dreamtime story, Tiddalik.

Students explore different events around the world and make comparisons between how they are celebrated between countries. They discuss, and learn, that different family traditions can be dependent on your location in the world.

Students revise their understanding of questioning and begin to pose questions to a friend about Christmas. They select a family commemoration and sequence it into FOUR main events. Students respond to questions to provide details on a commemorative event.

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


Pose questions about past and present objects, people, places and events


Sequence familiar objects and events


Explore a point of view


Interpret data and information displayed in pictures and texts and on maps


Draw simple conclusions based on discussions, observations and information displayed in pictures and texts and on maps


Present narratives, information and findings in oral, graphic and written forms using simple terms to denote the passing of time and to describe direction and location


How they, their family and friends commemorate past events that are important to them


How the stories of families and the past can be communicated, for example, through photographs, artefacts, books, oral histories, digital media and museums



Demonstrates developing skills of historical inquiry and communication


Communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools


Communicates stories of their own family heritage and the heritage of others



Interpret data and information to draw conclusions and describe the direction and location of places, using terms such as north, south, opposite, near, far


Identify the content features of primary sources when describing the significance of people, places or events


How they, their family, friends and communities commemorate past events that are important to them


Differences in family structures of families and the role of family groups today, and what they have in common and how these have changed or remained the same over time


Students will:

  • Learn the ways in which stories are told about the past. 
  • Understand why we remember events from the past.
  • Understand why we commemorate important past events.
  • Learn how to sequence events from the past.
  • Understand the power of storytelling as a way of remembering past events.
  • Identify the similarities and differences between commemorations from different countries.
  • Practise posing questions.
Learning Intention
  • We are learning to identify the ways we observe special events, e.g. birthday, Easter, Ramadan, NAIDOC Week, ANZAC Day and why these events are important.
  • We are learning to identify how stories of families and the past can be shared, e.g. photographs, books, toys, medals, jewellery, artwork, stories, museums.
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