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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6 x Lessons | Suitable for Grade: 4

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.

 Overview

Objectives

  • 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.

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 AustraliaDisplay 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 – BannerFor 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.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

Life in Britain During the 1700s

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

The First Fleet

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

The Arrival into Botany Bay

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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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Convict Life

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

An Expanding Colony

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

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Impact of Colonisation on Indigenous Australians

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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60 minutes
Lesson 7 (Assessment)

First Fleet Assessment Task

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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