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Humanities and social sciences / Year 6 / Knowledge and Understanding / History

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Curriculum content descriptions

Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia since Federation (including from ONE country of the Asia region) and reasons they migrated (ACHASSK136)

Elaborations
  • comparing push and pull factors that have contributed to people migrating to Australia (for example, economic migrants and political refugees) from a range of places
  • exploring individual narratives using primary sources (for example, letters, documents and historical objects), interviewing and recording an oral history, and presenting the journey and circumstances of arrival based on the sources (for example, through drama)
  • describing cultural practices related to family life, beliefs and customs of newly arrived migrant groups and comparing these with those of the communities in which they settled within Australia
  • connecting stories of migration to students’ own family histories (where appropriate)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Migration

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Journeys to Australia

This unit presents a learning sequence for Year 6 students to develop their historical inquiry skills by investigating the key immigration policies and programs Australia has implemented, identifying a range of reasons for migration, highlighting key events from post Federation to present day.

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Meet the Fremantle Port Hostesses

In the 1960s, Marie Novak and Pauline Noble worked for the Fremantle Port Authority as hostesses, welcoming new migrants who arrived by ship. Why were hostesses needed? How do Marie and Pauline describe their time as hostesses? Compare the migration experiences of Marie's and Pauline's families. How did their backgrounds ...

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Welcome to Bonegilla Migrant Camp

Following World War II, the Australian government was eager to increase the country’s population. The war reminded Australians that their small population would not withstand an enemy invasion. Further, a larger workforce was needed to develop the postwar economy. European people, many displaced by the war and the spread ...

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Participating in the Woolgoolga community

How do you gain a sense of belonging in an unfamiliar place, especially one that has very different beliefs and customs from your own? One way is to do as the locals do. This clip explores the importance, for Sikh migrants, of working and socialising with the residents of their new home in the northern New South Wales town ...

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From Sudan to Adelaide

Watch and listen to Veronica's story as she describes what life was like in Sudan. How does she compare it to life in Australia? How was her school in Sudan different from her school in Adelaide? What do you think Veronica's life would have been like if she had stayed in Sudan, a troubled country with constant violent conflicts?

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Thai Di's wild kitchen

Have you ever tasted Thai food? Ngamjit Anontaphan, or Thai Di to her friends, cooks Thai cuisine with Australian ingredients. She was born in Thailand but now lives in the Kimberley in Western Australia. Based on what she says in this video, what are some of the similarities between Australia and Thailand that may have ...

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Bali: tourism and development

Bali, a world-renowned slice of paradise in Indonesia, is undergoing rapid development to accommodate the increase in foreign tourism. Tourism brings money but it also drives up prices and affects the environment. View this clip to explore the issues experienced by those living in paradise.

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Three Gorges Dam: hydro-electricity as a choice

China has built the massive Three Gorges Dam to provide hydro-electricity. The dam provides power without the harmful emissions produced by burning coal. But are there other costs? Hear from a Chinese professor whose opposition to the dam has waned, but who calls for careful attention to the problems that this dam has created ...

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Sikh women make Woolgoolga their home

Discover how life has changed, and stayed the same, for Sikh women who migrated to northern New South Wales' Banana Coast after World War 2. Woolgoolga might be a long way from India, but Sikh women were determined to maintain their traditional way of life in their new home.

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What letters and land titles tell us of the past

How do historians determine whether information about the early years of colonial life in Australia is reliable? Many official and personal documents have survived to tell us about this period in Australia's history. Listen to a diary account about a surgeon (doctor) visiting sick convict labourers in chains. This clip ...

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How life can change

Explore the remarkable journey of Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, from Kabul in war-ravaged Afghanistan to Perth, WA, then to Looma, a remote Aboriginal community in the Kimberley. Learn how Akram developed a passion to help 'Australians have a deeper sense of connection to this land'. This short clip ...

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Artificial reefs: developing new farms

Discover a new type of fish farming. The Western Australian Government is building two prototype reefs to demonstrate how artificial reefs can be friendly to the environment and increase fish numbers. Watch as Brad Adams, an abalone farmer, shows you his experimental reefs. See how successful he is at sourcing his abalone ...

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Sluicing and panning for gold

How does a small prospector mine gold? Most modern goldmining is conducted by big companies with heavy machinery. But in this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters meets a prospector whose methods and tools differ only a little from those used by Chinese miners at Pine Creek a century earlier.

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What is Sikhism?

What do you know about the Sikh faith? Meet Harjit from the Australian Sikh Heritage Association and learn about the history of Sikhism. What are the three principles that Sikhs believe in? How do Sikhs express their religious identity? Harjit explains that Australian Army slouch hats have puggarees on them. What is a puggaree?

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'A rough, rough gig'

What problems do refugees face when they arrive in Australia? Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, speaks about crucial early community support for his family. Hear too about Akram's response to intolerance at school, and how a committed teacher had a positive impact on his life. This audio clip from Radio ...

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A Kimberley welcome

What experiences help you to understand what it means to be Australian? How do you think Australians define themselves? Listen as Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, shares the joy he finds in spending time in a remote Aboriginal community. He speaks of how this contributes to his sense of Australian identity. ...

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We come to Australia

This learning sequence explores digital migrant stories of Australians of Asian heritage. Students analyse these stories and reflect on those who come to Australia seeking better lives.

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Extended Bunting family Christmas dinner, 1983

This is a photograph showing the extended Bunting family sitting down for Christmas dinner in Dandenong North in 1983. This image was collected as part of the 'Melbourne's Biggest Family Album' project in 2006. It is a digital scan of the original colour photograph.

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Coming home: an investigation of the Armistice and repatriation

This online text (with downloadable PDF option) provides a series of investigations examining the impact of the war on those who served and those who welcomed them home. The online resource includes teaching activities that encourage students to investigate the roles the Repatriation Commission and the Soldier Settlement ...

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Victorian Heritage Database

This is a rich, interactive resource that lists Victoria’s most significant heritage: places, objects, shipwrecks and archaeological sites. It has four main sections: Introduction; Explore heritage map; Recommended tours; and Timeline browser. The Explore heritage map searches for sites and provides information and images ...