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Humanities and social sciences / Year 3 / Knowledge and Understanding / History

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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 ...

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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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Lest we forget

Poppies are a significant part of Remembrance Day observations. As a symbol of respect and gratitude, people place poppies at memorials for people whose lives were ended in wars. In this clip, older Australians and young children pay their respects to those who didn’t survive their wartime service. ________________________________________ ...

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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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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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Protest badges, c1970-90

These seven badges with coloured social/political messages and graphics were made and worn during the 1970s and 1980s. Five call for the legalisation of marijuana (cannabis). The sixth advocates voting for the Liberal Party and the seventh has an anti-nuclear message.

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My Place - Episode 16: 1858: Benjamin, Cranberry sauce

Ben is obsessed with buying a turkey from the Owens for Thanksgiving Day in order to make his new residence feel more like home.

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Poker work 21st birthday key, 1930s

This is a large plywood model of a key for celebrating 21st birthdays. It consists of a long shaft, one side of which has a notched edge like a door key. The circular handle of the key has been carved out to reveal a leaf-capped number 21. The part of the shaft nearest the handle bears a design of coloured gum leaves and ...

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Ramadan begins

Ramadan is a holy month in the religion of Islam. Muslims around the world, including those living in Australia, commemorate this special month by fasting. Watch this video to find out why they fast and what else Muslims do during this month.

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Easter symbols

What comes to your mind when you think of Easter? You may have known that some of the traditions we currently enjoy around Easter holidays have their roots in religion, but did you know some may have their roots in pagan traditions? This video explains what some Easter symbols mean and how they came about.

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Holi, a festival of colour

One of the world's brightest festivals is the festival of Holi. Learn about this colourful Hindu celebration and how it is celebrated.

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What is Durga Puja?

Durga Puja festival celebrates the Hindu goddess Durga with days-long praying, feasting and dancing. Although the festival originated in India, it is also celebrated in Australia.  How important is it to celebrate our own as well as other cultures and traditions in a multicultural society like Australia? Can you list some ...