Curriculum Guide

Case study curriculum relevance

YEAR 1 Present and Past Family Life
• How has family life changed or remained the same over time?
• How can we show that the present is different from or similar to the past?
• How do we describe the sequence of time? 
YEAR 2 The Past in the Present
• What aspects of the past can you see today? What do they tell us?
• What remains of the past are important to the local community? Why?
• How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?
YEAR 3 Community and Remembrance
• Who lived here first and how do we know?
• How has our community changed?


• What is the nature and contribution made by different groups and individuals in the community?
• How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?
YEAR 4 First contacts
• Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?
• What was life like for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people before the arrival of Europeans?
• Why did Europeans settle in Australia?
• What was the nature and consequences of contact between Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander People and early explorers, settlers and traders?
YEAR 5 The Australian Colonies
• What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?
• How did an Australian colony develop over time and why?
• How did colonial settlement change the environment?
• What were the significant events and who where the significant individuals that helped shape the Australian colonies?
YEAR 6 Australia as a nation
• Why and how did Australia become a nation?
• How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century?
• Who were the people who came to Australia? Why did they come?
• What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society?
Please note that these case studies, included in the Secondary section of the website, are also relevant to the Year 6 curriculum and suitable for use with teacher guidance and direction.
Depth Study
Investigating the ancient past
• How do we know about the ancient past?
• What emerged as the defining characteristics of ancient societies?
• The nature of the sources for ancient Australia and what they reveal about Australian past in the ancient period, such as the use of resources
Depth Study
Depth Study The Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa (14th century plague)
•Causes and symptoms of the Black Death and the responses of different groups in society to the spread of the disease, such as the flagellants and monasteries. The immediate- and long-term effects of the Black Death on Asian, European and African populations, and conflicting theories about the impact of the plague.
Depth Study
Movement of Peoples
• What were the changing features of movements of people from 1750 to 1918?
Making a nation
• The extension of settlement, including the effects of contact (intended and unintended) between European settlers and Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people
The Industrial Revolution (1750–1914)
• The population movements and changing settlement patterns during this period
• Investigating changes to the cities and landscape in European countries and Australia as the Industrial Revolution continued to develop
World War I (1914 – 1918)
• What was the significance of World War I?
Depth Study
World War II
• The impact of World War II, with a particular emphasis on the Australian home front…
• Investigating the impact of World War II at a local and national level (for example significant events such as the Bombing of Darwin…)

Rights and freedoms (1945 – present)
• Background to the struggle of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander peoples for rights and freedoms before 1965, including the 1938 Day of Mourning and the Stolen Generations
• The significance of the following for the civil rights of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander peoples: 1962 right to vote federally; 1967 Referendum; Reconciliation; Mabo decision…
The environment movement (1960s – present)
• Significant events and campaigns that contributed to awareness of environmental issues
Modern World and Australia: Overview
• The inter war years between Worid War I and World War II, including the Treaty of Versailles, the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression
Migration experiences (1945 – present)
• The waves of post-World War II migration to Australia…
• The contribution of migration to Australia’s changing identity as a nation