Term 1 - We Are Australian

This unit focuses on Australia’s establishment and growth as a nation and its social and cultural heritage. It will mainly focus on the study of colonial Australia, Federation, migration, to present day. Students will discuss and explain how the organisation and lifestyle of Aborigines Torres Strait Islander communities from 1800’s have changed over time. The students will research aspects of Colonial life, and the events leading up to Federation, including key figures and influences such as British and American influences on Australia’s system of law and government. Students will investigate the experiences and contributions of particular migrant groups within a colony, for example, Germans in South Australia, Japanese in Broome, Afghan Cameleers in the Northern Territory, Chinese at Palmer River, Pacific Islanders in the Torres Strait. Students will explore how Australia will change in the future.

Focus Ideas

There are significant events, people and groups that have shaped and shape Australia.

  • There are many reasons people have and continue to migrate to Australia.

  • Our national identity is shaped by the diversity of our history.

  • We have the opportunity and responsibility to shape the future of our nation.

  • How can we learn from our past and what established norms can we question to positively influence the development of our future?