HistoryYears 5 - 6The Australian ColoniesMigration to the Australian ColoniesMigration to the Australian Colonies

To the Other Side of the World

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Teaching Notes

Key Concepts, Skills and Understandings

In this lesson, students investigate the causes for the movement and migration of people from Britain and Ireland to the new Australian Colonies. They will watch and reflect on a video presentation; To the other side of the world. Using real life examples, the video introduces the students to the different types of migrants eg forced migrants and assisted passengers. They will research the meaning of thematic vocabulary eg emigrant, immigrant. Learning about Push and Pull factors, the reasons for migration, students will then study the concept of cause and effect through analysis of a chain of events eg why the Irish potato famine lead to many Irish migrants moving to Australia. They will also investigate convict transportation in the 19th Century and analyse the daily lives of the convicts on arrival in the colonies.
Historical concepts addressed in this lesson are sources, cause and effect, significance and empathy.

Focus Question

Who were the British and Irish migrants and why did they leave their homeland?

Australian National Curriculum

ACHASSI096, ACHASSK109, ACHASSK107, ACHASSI105, ACHASSI095

NSW Syllabus

HT3-5, HT3-2, HT3-1

Victorian Curriculum

VCHHK089, VCHHC083, VCHHK091

Subject

History

Years

5 - 6

Topic

The Australian Colonies

Unit

Migration to the Australian Colonies

Lesson Name

To the Other Side of the World

Lesson Time

90 mins

Author

Inquisitive Team

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