HistoryYears 3 - 4First ContactsContactContact

Terra Nullius?

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Key Concepts, Skills and Understandings

In this lesson, students explore the concept of terra nullius. They evaluate the decision made by the British to claim the eastern coast of Australia, considering multiple points of view and the historical context in which the decision was made. They then communicate their ideas with others. In the blue square activity, students consider how they might react to such a decision, with the black diamond activity offering students the opportunity to research an ATSI land management practice.

Focus Question

Why was Australia considered Terra Nullius?

Australian National Curriculum

ACHASSK086, ACHASSI077, ACHASSI080

NSW Syllabus

HT2-5, HT2-4

Victorian Curriculum

VCHHC068, VCHHK081

Subject

History

Years

3 - 4

Topic

First Contacts

Unit

Contact

Lesson Name

Terra Nullius?

Lesson Time

60 mins

Author

Inquisitive Team

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