This short unit is based on the Year 5 Australian Curriculum HASS Inquiry Skills, Knowledge and Understandings for History. This unit covers the history up to Federation, including early First Nations history, Cook, the First Fleet, early colony and convict life, the frontier wars, the gold rush, bushrangers, and the Eureka Stockade.
This unit attempts to give a balanced view of Australian history by including primary source materials that discuss the treatment and mistreatment of First Nations and non-European migrants entering Australia during this period.
Several activities have been included in the unit, and it is at your discretion what you include to extend the learning, or skip for time.
The impact of the development of British colonies in Australia on the lives of First Nations Australians, the colonists and convicts, and on the natural environment
The role of a significant individual or group, including First Nations Australians and those who migrated to Australia, in the development of events in an Australian colony
Evaluate information and data in a range of formats to identify and describe patterns and trends, or to infer relationships
Develop evidence-based conclusions
Present descriptions and explanations, drawing ideas, findings and viewpoints from sources, and using relevant terms and conventions
Locate, collect and organise information and data from primary and secondary sources in a range of formats
The economic, political and social causes of the establishment of British colonies in Australia after 1800
Develop questions to investigate people, events, developments, places and systems
Evaluate primary and secondary sources to determine origin, purpose and perspectives
The key concepts in this unit include:
Understand how far back in time Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures extend.