This History unit covers a range of concepts relating to the stories of the First Fleet; including reasons for the journey, who travelled to Australia, their experiences following arrival and the impact colonisation had on Indigenous Australians.
It consists of 6 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.
The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.
An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and may require additional lessons.
This unit plan includes the following resources:
- Compare and Contrast – Venn Diagram Template
- Life as a Convict – Journal Writing Task
- The First Fleet PowerPoint
- Ships of the First Fleet – Writing Templates
- Thinking Through the Alphabet
- A British Penal Colony PowerPoint
- Convict Identification Cards – Template
- Impacts of Colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Posters
- First Fleet – Inquiry Task
- To investigate life in Britain during the late 1700s.
- To explore the journey of the First Fleet to Australia.
- To understand the events that took place when the First Fleet arrived in Australia.
- To understand the life of a convict transported to Australia.
- To identify the struggles of the early colony and the reasons for expansion.
- To identify the impact a British colony had on the Indigenous people of Australia.
Preparing for Learning
This History unit provides excellent opportunities for cross-curricular integration. Look for ways to meaningfully integrate the content of the unit with other learning areas e.g. Literacy, Numeracy, The Arts.
Prior to commencing the unit, create a classroom display which acknowledges the history of the First Fleet and the British Colonisation of Australia. Display teaching resources that will stimulate the students’ interest and assist in their learning, such as the First Fleet Word Wall and the Timeline of the First Fleet’s Journey to Australia – Banner. For examples of additional teaching resources to display in your classroom, browse the British Colonisation of Australia collection on the Teach Starter website.
Some of the resources which accompany this unit plan will need to be prepared prior to teaching. For this reason, it is advised that teachers browse through all lessons before commencing the unit.
NSW Curriculum alignment
Acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry
Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time
Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects
Describes and explains effects of British colonisation in Australia
Applies skills of historical inquiry and communication
Australian Curriculum alignment
The nature of contact between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and others, for example, the Macassans and the Europeans, and the effects of these interactions on, for example, people and environments
Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms
Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions
Sequence information about people??s lives and events
Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues
Stories of the First Fleet, including reasons for the journey, who travelled to Australia, and their experiences following arrival
Interact with others with respect to share points of view
Examine information to identify different points of view and distinguish facts from opinions
Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple graphs, tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions
Draw simple conclusions based on analysis of information and data
Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations