Term 1 - Terra Nullius

The children study Australian history and the role that people of diverse backgrounds have played in the development and character of the local community. 

They learn about the diversity and longevity of Australia’s first peoples and the ways Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples are connected to Country and Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the implications for their daily lives. The journey of explorers and traders are included in the unit including their contact with other cultures.

The story of the First Fleet, including the reasons for the journey, who travelled to Australia, and their experiences following arrival.

Focus questions

  • Who lived here first and how do we know?

  • What was life like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples before the arrival of the Europeans?

  • What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers?

  • Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?

  • Why did the Europeans settle in Australia?

  • How has our community changed? What features have been lost and what features have been retained?

  • How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?

  • What is the nature of the contribution made by different groups and individuals in the community?