HistoryYears 3 - 4First ContactsFirst Contacts

Stories of the First Fleet

Subject

History

Years

3 - 4

Topic

First Contacts

Unit

Stories of the First Fleet

Number of Lessons

5

Author

Inquisitive Team

Status

Published

Overview

In this unit, students learn about the early years of European (British) settlement in Australia. They study the reasons behind the establishment of the Sydney colony, the First Fleet journey, and what life was like for the early colonists. The unit uses stories, drawings and other records from the era to teach a range of historical concepts, skills and knowledge, encouraging students to go behind the facts and consider what life was like for those who made that first game-changing journey. The focus here is on the colonists. In the next unit, this focus shifts to the Eora (Aboriginal people of Sydney).

Key Inquiry Question

Why did Europeans settle in Australia?

Cross Curriculum Priorities

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

General Capabilities

Critical and creative thinking
Numeracy
ICT Capacity
Intercultural understanding
Literacy

Industrial Revolution, colonist, colony, commit, convict, fleet, gaol, governor, hard labour, hulk, marine, officer, pardon, ration, sentence, settle, transportation, voyage

Subject

History

Years

3 - 4

Topic

First Contacts

Unit

Stories of the First Fleet

Number of Lessons

5

Author

Inquisitive Team

Status

Published

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