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

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Curriculum content descriptions

Celebrations and commemorations in places around the world (for example, Chinese New Year in countries of the Asia region, Bastille Day in France, Independence Day in the USA), including those that are observed in Australia (for example, Christmas Day, Diwali, Easter, Hanukkah, the Moon Festival and Ramadan) (ACHASSK065)

Elaborations
  • comparing the significance of national days in different countries, looking at why they developed and elements they have in common
  • exploring through secondary sources significant events of cultures or countries around the world, including national days, and discussing whether they are celebrations or commemorations
  • investigating the origins and significance of some international celebrations or commemorations (for example, the International Day of Peace)
  • investigating the origins and significance of celebrations important to particular cultural groups in Australia and in other places of the world
General capabilities
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

National days,  Festivals

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A special day for Buddhists

Watch this clip to learn about a Buddhist festival called Vesak (or Buddha Purnima). It's a special day that commemorates the Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. Vesak is celebrated on the day of the full moon in May and in India it's a public holiday. How is Vesak day celebrated? Do some research and find out ...

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Dyeing eggs at Easter time

Are there special occasions during the year that your family celebrates? What do you do to celebrate? Watch this clip to learn how to make colourful, dyed eggs, a traditional Greek Easter activity. How are the colourful dyes made? And what is the traditional game that is played with the eggs on Easter Saturday? Why don't ...

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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 ...

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Dancing lions celebrate the Lunar New Year

Meet the Prosperous Mountain Lion Dance Troupe from Canberra and find out why lions play a special role in lunar new year celebrations. Why does the dancing lion bow three times at the beginning of its dance? What does it then do to bless the shop or business it’s visiting? Troupe leader David Wong says that there are two ...

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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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Tet: let's get ready to celebrate

This is a teaching activity that explores the celebration of New Year in Vietnam (Tet Nguyen Dan). Included in the resource is an enlargable image, inquiry questions, suggested lesson materials, student activities and information about the importance of the full moon at New Year. There is a poster design extension activity ...

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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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'Feast at the Bay of Islands', 1849

This is a watercolour painting created by Captain Richard Aldworth Oliver (1811-89) in 1849. It depicts a large häkari (feast) held in the northern part of the North Island to celebrate reconciliation after fighting. In the middle of the painting there is a large wooden structure called a potehe (stage). The painting measures ...

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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.