The First Fleet and the British Colonisation of Australia Unit Plan

Unit Plan

The First Fleet and the British Colonisation of Australia Unit Plan

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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.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Life in Britain During the 1700s

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate life in Britain during the late 1700s.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

The First Fleet

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the journey of the First Fleet to Australia.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

The Arrival into Botany Bay

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand the events that took place when the First Fleet arrived in Australia.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Convict Life

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand the life of a convict transported to Australia.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

An Expanding Colony

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the struggles of the early colony and the reasons for expansion.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Impact of Colonisation on Indigenous Australians

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify the impact a British colony had on the Indigenous people of Australia.

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Lesson 7 (Assessment) 60 minutes

First Fleet Assessment Task

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An inquiry-based assessment task in which students will demonstrate an understanding of the people impacted by the arrival of the First Fleet.

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NSW Curriculum alignment

Australian Curriculum alignment


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