Concepts for developing understanding
The content in the history sub-strand provides opportunities for students to develop historical understanding through key concepts including sources, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy and significance. The curriculum in this year provides a study of colonial Australia in the 1800s. Students learn about the reasons for the founding of British colonies in Australia and the impact of a development or event on one Australian colony (continuity and change, cause and effect). They examine what life was like for different groups of people in the colonial period (sources), and explore the reasons for their actions (cause and effect, perspectives, empathy). They examine early migration, settlement patterns, people and their contributions, significant events, and political and economic developments (sources, continuity and change, significance, empathy). Students are also introduced to the concept of sources as they analyse sources to compare information and points of view in the past and present (sources, perspectives).
Posters highlighting the main impacts of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
A 17-slide teaching presentation that explores the challenges, hardships and glory of a life spent digging on the Australian goldfields.
A 32 slide editable PowerPoint to use in the classroom when learning about the establishment of British colonies in Australia.
A 13-slide teaching presentation about the political struggles gold miners faced in their efforts to obtain wealth.
A fun mapping activity for students to pinpoint gold finds and gold rush locations between 1851 to 1893 on a map of Australia.
A 19 slide editable PowerPoint to use in the classroom when learning about the problems that took place in the colonies of Australia.
A 16-slide teaching presentation about the events leading up to and including the Eureka Stockade and the positive and negative impacts it had on Australian politics and people.
A comic strip activity that explores how people progressed from trade to currency.
A teaching presentation that explores the origins of the Australian Gold Rush.
A creative writing newspaper project in which students design and write the front page of an imagined newspaper from the Australian Gold Rush era.
A worksheet that enables students to design and share a story using still frame images.
An inquiry research task to use in the classroom during NAIDOC Week.
An inquiry project in which students research personalities from the Australian Gold Rush and portray them as part of a Living Wax Museum.
An interactive gold-panning game in which students explore scenarios of reward, penalisation and inequality.
An 11-slide teaching presentation discussing the impact the Australian Gold Rush had on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
A 13-slide teaching presentation that includes interesting facts about gold, why it is such a prized metal, and how its use shaped modern currency and trade.
A worksheet that explores the ideas and issues within the plot of The Rabbits by John Marsden.
A set of posters and worksheets to use in the classroom when locating Australian goldfields.
A teaching presentation that serves as a pop quiz to explore students' knowledge of Australian history and the culture we see today.
A writing task where students explain life on the Australian goldfields during 1852.
A 10-slide teaching presentation that explores immigration and diversity during the Australian Gold Rush and how it shaped the multicultural Australia we know today.
Thirty-one content-specific vocabulary cards for a word wall based on the Australian Gold Rush.
An advent calendar style poster for students to identify, inquire about and collect information that relates to the Australian Gold Rush.
A set of five posters examining immigration to Australia in the 1900s.
A flip book designed to integrate interesting facts about Australian history into a unit of learning.
A Word Wall of the Impacts of Colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
A classroom display banner to use on your 'Australian Gold Rush' display board.
An educational poster providing a rationale for teaching Australian children about Aboriginal maths.
36 vocabulary cards to use in the classroom when learning about Colonial Australia.
A template students can use to reflect on immigration to Australia while researching their own family ancestry.
A timeline to display the gold rush in Australia from 1821 to 1867.
An Australian Gold Rush themed word wall to use in the classroom.