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Curriculum content descriptions

Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, Anzac Day, and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems (ACHASSK064)

Elaborations
  • identifying and discussing the historical origins of an important Australian celebration or commemoration
  • generating a list of local, state and national symbols and emblems (for example, club emblems, school logos, flags, floral emblems, the Commonwealth Coat of Arms) and discussing their origins, use and significance
  • examining the symbolism of flags (for example, the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags) and recognising special occasions when they are flown (for example, all three flags are flown during NAIDOC Week, National Reconciliation Week, National Sorry Day and Mabo Day) and the roles, rights and responsibilities the community has when observing protocols around flag flying
  • recognising the significance of other days or weeks (including the anniversary of the national Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples of 2008, National Reconciliation Week, International Women’s Day, Labour Day and Harmony Day)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Celebrations,  Anniversaries,  Heraldry,  Emblems

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Defining moments in Australian History

This extensive web-based resource examines events, people and places of profound significance to the Australian people and their personal, community and national histories. The resource includes a list of 100 'defining moments' identified by historians supported by background information, images, video and links to the ...

Teacher resource

The Stolen Generations

This resource (an ‘education pack’) is a 26-page pdf about the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, the consequent effects on individuals, their families and communities, and the actions to promote Reconciliation that have been taken and should be taken in response. The education ...

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Forgotten heroes

This resource (an ‘education pack’) is a 29-page PDF about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who joined the Australian Armed Services during times of war. The education pack is introduced by background notes, and is organised in three main sections: Early Years; Primary Years; and Middle Years. Each section ...

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Celebrations and Commemorations

This teaching and learning sequence has a focus on Australian celebrations and commemorations to coincide with the actual dates of the various significant celebrations and commemorations in Australia, culminating in a student-led inquiry on global celebrations.

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The meaning of Anzac Day

Anzac Day means different things to different people. Five people, of varying ages, share their thoughts and feelings about Anzac Day. Some have actually served in wartime, while others have a close family member who has.

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Anzac Portal

The Anzac Portal website provides historical and educational resources on Australia's wartime history including wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations from the Boer War through to the present. The site has collected together a vast collection of primary source materials including still and moving images, digital exhibitions ...

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Difference Differently: our communities

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore the cultural diversity found in Australian communities. It looks at the significance of groups and communities and their relationship to identity. It also explores significant days and customs recognised by different communities in Australia. The ...

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What's Australia Day all about?

Do you know why we have a public holiday on 26 January - Australia Day? In this clip from Behind the News, investigate different perspectives on this national holiday and find out how people commemorate it.

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Commemorating Anzac through engaging learning

This resource supports quality teaching and learning through specific curriculum learning opportunities to engage students, as well as enhancing whole school and community interactions and events commemorating Anzac. Part of the Bringing communities together series in response to the NSW State Anzac Centenary.

Teacher resource

What is the meaning of the Aboriginal flag?

This resource is an online unit of work found on the Australian Government’s International Property (IP) website in the ‘IP In Schools’ section. The unit contains six worksheets (available in both PDF and Rich Text Format) that focus on the use of symbolism in the Australian flag and the Aboriginal flag. The worksheets ...

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Commemorating the ANZAC legend

This integrated lesson sequence will allow students to explore how and why people choose to remember significant events of the past, specifically Anzac Day and the Legend of the ANZACs.

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We Remember Anzac: primary resource

Developed to commemorate the centenary of Anzac, this book provides an an Order of Service and step-by-step instructions to assist teachers and community groups to organise a respectful commemorative event. A series of four inquiry-based investigation supported by primary and secondary source material support students to ...

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The going down of the sun

The Last Post is played during Anzac Day ceremonies and at military funerals. Watch this clip to find out what this bugle call means, especially for someone who has lost a family member in war.

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We remember - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work for the middle primary years about the symbols of Australia, the significant events and lives Australians commemorate, and how these symbols and events have changed over time. The unit contains five focus questions that are explored through sequences of learning with student activities and ...

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Full-on Aussies

How do people celebrate Australia Day where you live? Watch how diverse groups of Melburnians spend Australia Day in 2013, and hear some people talk about why they chose to become Australian citizens.

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Difficult memories: reflecting on war

Six people share their thoughts about war. This clip shows that people who have been to war usually find it difficult to talk about the experience. Hear how the experience of war can affect those who serve, their families and friends.

Teacher resource

Royal Australian Mint: units of work

This suite of teaching and learning units of work related to Australian currencies for middle and upper primary students. The units explore the role coins play in commemoration and the history of Australian currency from colonial times to post Federation. Lessons are supplemented with a range of cross-curriculum lesson ideas.

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Five fast facts - NAIDOC week

This is an information sheet that introduces five fast facts relating to the National Aborigines and Islanders day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week, an annual celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Tracing back to the Aboriginal rights movement of 1938, NAIDOC ...

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Festive feasts: foods for Christmas in 1983

Australians serve many different foods at Christmas time, and this often depends on where their families have come from. This clip from 1983 shows an English Christmas roast dinner and food for a traditional Italian Christmas feast. Do you eat any special foods at this time of year?

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Activity guide for RAP (reconciliation action plan) partners

This is a four-page PDF Activity guide for RAP partners that provides a range of ideas for participating in National Reconciliation Week. It provides an overview of the importance of reconciliation and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, definitions and examples of both Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement ...

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Chinese New Year

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore Chinese New Year. The teacher notes provide background information about Chinese New Year activities in the People's Republic of China and around the world, additional online resources and pedagogical advice. ...

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Celebrations

This collection explores celebrations in Australia, Asia and Europe. It considers the beliefs, rituals and foods associated with popular celebrations and includes a selection of archival resources that show how celebrations are observed around the world.

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WeCommemorate

WeCommemorate is a series of challenges for teachers to use with students to commemorate Australia's involvement in the First World War. These project-based challenges have been designed to engage students from Early Stage 1 to Stage 5 in the production of creative multimedia works and to develop 21st century learning skills. ...

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Candles, cards and carols: Christmas in 1983

How do people celebrate Christmas now? This clip shows some of the ways Christmas was celebrated in 1983. People sent cards, gave presents and sang carols. Have things changed?

Teacher resource

School Hero

This unit of work explores the qualities that characterise an award winner from any of the Australian of the Year Award categories and supports students to reflect on the role of outstanding members of their own community. Activities explore the criteria used to nominate and select award candidates and consider how the ...

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Australia's national days - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about Australia's national days. Intended for upper primary students, the unit is organised around five focus questions: What special days do we commemorate in Australia? What activities do people undertake on these days? What do national days mean to Australian citizens? How have things ...

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The first Anzac Day Parade in Brisbane, 1916

This is a black-and-white photograph of the first Anzac Day march held in Brisbane on 25 April 1916 to mark the first anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand troops on Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. The photograph was taken outside Brisbane's General Post Office in Queen Street. It shows soldiers on horseback ...

Interactive resource

Diwali

This is a student resource showcasing the Hindu festival of Diwali. Images in slideshow format show the small clay lamps that give the festival its name, the worship of Lord Ganesha at the start of the festival, and patterns and sweets made to welcome the goddess Lakshmi on the third day of the festival. Text on screen ...

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Ramadan

What's your big event for the year? For over one billion people worldwide it is Ramadan, a month of prayer and fasting for Muslims. Find out the origin of Ramadan and how Muslims celebrate this month-long religious festival.

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Anzac Day in Gundagai in 1920 - asset 2

This is a short excerpt from a documentary about Gundagai's welcome home for the soldiers of Gundagai and surrounding districts returning from the First World War, filmed on Anzac Day in 1920. The excerpt shows a small crowd who have gathered, possibly at Gundagai's local hospital, to watch or take part in a two-up game.