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Teacher guide First Fleet

TLF ID M013318

This unit of work focuses on one area of the year 4 History curriculum, the journey of the First Fleet. It provides context, resources and a narrative of the period leading up to the departure of the First Fleet, information about the British criminal justice system, and accounts of the journey and the experiences of the passengers arriving in Botany Bay. The unit is arranged into learning sequences, with PDF worksheets for students and links to appropriate web resources. The resource comes with suggestions for formal and informal assessment and literature resources for an integrated approach to History. The resource is part of the AC History units website.




Educational details

Educational value
  • This unit is relevant to the First contacts content description in the year 4 History curriculum and also to the cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. Students learn about life in 18th century Britain and the factors that led the push for immigration to Australia. They consider the conditions on board the First Fleet for both convicts and free settlers and examine the impact that colonial settlement had on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Students access a range of accounts to draw conclusions on the treatment of convicts, the preparations needed for the journey, conditions on board ship, European interactions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the experiences of the colonial settlers on arrival in Botany Bay.
  • The unit can help students to attain the achievement standard for year 4 History. Students learn to recognise and search for relevant primary documents in digital archives and online cultural collections. They use a range of visual and text sources to develop research questions on the lead-up and journey of the First Fleet. They identify historical perspectives using strategies such as De Bono's '6 Thinking Hats' and plot the journey of the First Fleet on both maps and timelines. Students form their responses to this unit through a range of communication technologies such as digital, written, dramatic or graphic presentations.
Year level

4

Learning area
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • History

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Contributors
  • Contributor
  • Name: The History Teachers' Association of Australia
  • Organization: The History Teachers' Association of Australia
  • Description: Creator
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.historyteacher.org.au/
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
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  • © 2013 Education Services Australia Ltd, unless otherwise indicated. This material may be copied, distributed and adapted free of charge for non-commercial educational purposes, provided all copyright notices and acknowledgements are retained.