Humanities and social sciences / Year 5 / Knowledge and Understanding / Civics and citizenship

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Curriculum content descriptions

The key values that underpin Australia‚Äôs democracy (ACHASSK115)

Elaborations
  • discussing the meaning of democracy
  • discussing the meaning and importance of the key values of Australian democracy (for example, freedom of election and being elected; freedom of assembly and political participation; freedom of speech, expression and religious belief; rule of law; other basic human rights)
  • considering how students apply democratic values in familiar contexts
General capabilities
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Democracy,  Civil rights,  Social equality,  Fair play

Interactive Resource

Be the change

This is an interactive about becoming an effective agent of change through civic action in a local community. Users learn a number of practical ways to take democratic action on issues. The context is an abandoned block of land located in an area with a range of issues, such as youth unemployment and environment concerns. ...

Teacher resource

Citizenship: Let's talk recognition

This resource (an ‘education pack’) is a 28-page pdf about citizenship learning, how citizenship is shaped by social and cultural forces, and how it relates to Reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Beginning with a historical summary and ...

Teacher resource

Magna Carta: The story of our freedom

This is a resource about the Magna Carta (Great Charter) agreed between King John and his rebellious barons in 1215 and its influence on the development of human rights and democratic freedoms to the present day. The resource consists of: an animated infographic ‘Tell the story’ with hyperlinks to further information; an ...

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An introduction to human rights and responsibilities

This is a unit of work for years 5 and 6 on human rights, the responsibilities that accompany them, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The unit consists of two interactive lessons for students and a teacher lesson plan, also in two parts. The interactive lessons include quizzes, short answer and ...

Teacher resource

Voting in the classroom

This is a learning module that develops practical skills in teaching electoral education as part of the Civics and Citizenship Curriculum. The module includes background information and a step by step guide to running an election. Aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, the module provides one hour ...

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Tour of NSW Government House

This resource is a YouTube playlist containing a series of videos taken as a group of senior high school students are given a guided tour of NSW Government House in 2010. The tour covers primary sources such as architecture, furniture and images significant to the history of Australia and NSW.

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NSW Governor Marie Bashir – 2010 speech to students

This resource is a YouTube playlist containing a series of videos from a speech the NSW Governor Marie Bashir gave to senior high school students at Government House in 2010. She speaks on a range of topics, including the Australian system of government, the history of Australia and NSW, and her life. She also answers student ...

Teacher resource

How do you make a difference?

In this learning sequence, students determine improvements they would like to see in public transport. They research ways of suggesting improvements to public transport authorities and other decision makers, and prepare letters and emails for this purpose. They prioritise future improvements and develop arguments to support ...

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Year 5: roles, responsibilities and participation - Parkhurst apprenticeship scheme

This collection of resource sheets for students and teachers examine the early colonial history of the Swan River Colony in Western Australia. The resources provide scaffolded research activities that focus on the Parkhurst Apprenticeship Scheme that sent indentured youths from England to work in the establishing Australian ...

Teacher resource

Giving it: resources for primary schools

This series of resources explores the concept of philanthropy, and considers why and how active citizens participate in communities. Through a series of video case studies students are introduced to a variety of people who give and the contributions they make. An interactive 'Giving Wheel' provide a stimulus for researching ...

Teacher resource

Australian Civics and Citizenship Curriculum Year 5 unit of work

The eight lessons in this unit of work will help develop students' understanding of democracy and how citizens can participate in a democratic society. It includes two informal assessment items, a formal assessment item with marking rubric, background information for teachers and a list of resources.

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Difference Differently: inclusive Communities and Democracy

This short documentary follows a group of NSW primary and secondary students who came together to share and develop community initiatives aimed at increasing social inclusion and cohesion. The students’ proposals focus on a range of groups that experience discrimination, for example, on the basis of language, religion, ...

Interactive Resource

Difference differently: many voices

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore the varied personal, cultural and religious beliefs held by citizens and how Australia's democratic system and values respond to this diversity. It considers the cultural- and belief-based factors that may influence community decision making regarding ...

Teacher resource

How many times am I represented? - unit of work

This is a short unit of work of two extended lessons about representation in Australian federal and state/territory parliaments. The unit aims to ensure that students realise there are similarities and differences in representation at each level and between the states and territories. The pedagogical approach is inquiry-based ...

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The Flip Side of Bike Helmets

It's illegal to ride a bike without a helmet in Australia. Sue Abbott and Dr Jake Olivier differ on this issue. This video is designed for students presents both points of view as a stimulus for students to reach their own conclusions. The video discusses how laws are made and explores different points of view on whether ...

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Difference Differently: student Q and A

This is a student resource thatpresents 14 diverse Australians answering questions related to cultural diversity and beliefs, via video or text. Each person is introduced in a short video and answers a selection of questions. They speak from a personal perspective but reflect various races, cultures and belief systems. ...

Teacher resource

National Safe Schools Framework: a focus on student wellbeing and student ownership

This is a web resource to promote student involvement in creating a safe school environment. It describes four characteristics of students' contributions to a safe school and includes key practices and effective actions to enhance student wellbeing, ownership and decision-making. The resource provides a video about approaches ...

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Oil painting - opening of first Commonwealth Parliament, 1901

This is a monochrome oil painting by Charles Nuttall, depicting the opening of the first Commonwealth Parliament in the Exhibition Building, Melbourne, on 9 May 1901. The painting is 226 cm high x 405 cm wide, and it has a carved wooden frame with a leaf pattern.

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History of voting

Australia's first parliamentary election was in 1843. What was different about voting then? When and how did that change to resemble elections we have now? See if you can list the three significant dates in Australia’s history of voting and the changes that occurred on those dates.

Teacher resource

National Safe Schools Framework: engagement, skill development and safe school curriculum

This is a web resource about features of learning and teaching in a safe school environment, describing five characteristics of student engagement, a safe school curriculum and cooperative and relational skills. These descriptions include key practices and effective actions to enhance student engagement, establish cooperative ...

Teacher resource

Human rights and disabilities - unit of work

This is a unit of work about the human rights of people with disabilities. Intended for upper primary students, the unit is organised around six areas of investigation: definitions of disability; basic human rights; whether all people enjoy basic human rights all the time; the issue of access for people with disabilities; ...