This unit is based on the Year 4 Australian Curriculum HASS Inquiry Skills, Knowledge and Understandings.

Students discuss world exploration and why people chose to explore the world. They examine the path Captain James Cook took on his first voyage to Australia, plotting the path on a world map and they compare the voyage of a ship in the 1700’s to a plane now.

Students read and discuss the importance of the journals of Sir Joseph Banks.

They investigate colonisation, the colonisation of South America, and how the arrival of the First Fleet impacted life for the Indigenous peoples of Australia.

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Students will:

  • Investigate the journeys of the great explorers from the 1400s to the late 1700s.
  • Investigate the journey of Captain James Cook.
  • Understand what life was like in England in the 1700s.
  • Investigate the daily lives of Aboriginal peoples and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples before European settlement.
  • Investigate the impact of interactions and contact between Aboriginal peoples and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and others.
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