Resources

The History K–10 Syllabus focuses on the development of historical skills and understanding of the key historical concepts through a process of historical inquiry rather than an integrated approach.

Historical concepts and skills

When programming the Historical concepts and skills resource (DOCX 445KB) will assist you to:

  • implement the history strand of the human society and its environment key learning area using the NESA history K-6 syllabus
  • understand the difference between historical concepts and skills
  • recognise the implications of the historical concepts and skills continuums in enhancing student achievement
  • utilise the historical concepts and skills to provide quality teaching in human society and its environment K-6 lessons for history to support students' engagement and understanding of the procedures, tools and methods of thinking which constitute the discipline of history.

Historical inquiry process

These resources can be used together to enhance planning, programming and assessment opportunities in history.

History K-6 sample learning sequences

The following sample learning sequences cover a number of Early Stage 1 to Stage 3 topics from the History K-10 Syllabus. Teachers may adapt these learning sequences to suit the needs of individual students and their local school context.

Stage Syllabus focus Syllabus content Learning sequence

ES1

Personal and family histories

Stories other people tell about the past

Important family events (DOCX 21KB)

ES1

Personal and family histories

What is my history and how do I know

My family and other families (DOCX 8454KB)

1

The past in the present

How changes in technology have shaped our daily lives

Changing technology (DOCX 3648KB)

1

The past in the present

What remains of the past are important to the local community and why

Local historical site study (DOCX 15471KB)

1

The past in the present

What aspects of the past can you see today, and what do they tell us

Local history walk (DOCX 10062KB)

1

Present and past family life

Family structures and roles, daily lives past and present

Daily life past and present (DOCX 3257KB)

1

Present and past family life

Describe the sequence of time

Significance of time (DOCX 430 KB)

2

Community and remembrance

How has our community changed

Change and continuity, community and people (DOCX 6365KB)

2

Community and remembrance

Who lived here first and how do we know

Importance of Country and Place (DOCX 171KB)

2

Community and remembrance

How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past

Celebrations and Commemorations (DOCX 485KB)

2

First contact

What was life like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples before the arrival of the Europeans

Australia’s first people (DOCX 76KB)

2

First contact

Why great journeys of exploration occurred

Journeys of exploration (DOCX 1317KB)

3

The Australian colonies

Lives of people in Australia's colonial past

Colonial immigration (DOCX 3.1MB)

3

The Australian colonies

Significant events and people that shaped Australian colonies

Notable colonials (DOCX 638KB)

3

The Australian colonies

Reasons (economic, political and social) for the establishment of British colonies in Australia after 1800

Colonial settlement and life (DOCX 2.9MB)

3

The Australian colonies

Impact of significant events on the Australian colony, for example, internal exploration, frontier conflict, rail expansion

Colonial development (DOCX 2.9MB)

3

Australia as a Nation

How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century

Australian democracy and citizenship (DOCX 1205KB)

3

Australia as a Nation

Why and how did Australia become a democracy

Australian Federation (DOCX 241KB)

3 Australia as a Nation Contribution of significant individuals and groups to the development of Australian society Significant Australians (DOCX 457KB)
3 Australia as a Nation Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia and the reasons they migrated Migration stories (DOCX 1470KB)

History program evaluation

Tool for evaluating a teaching and learning program for history K-10 (DOCX 43KB)

Using quality literature in history

Learning across the curriculum content

The following resources may also assist your programming of K-6 history using a cross-curriculum approach.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures (DOCX 116KB) - this K-10 cross-curriculum resource provides teaching and learning activities and links to resources to integrate the teaching of the key concepts of Country/Place, Culture and People with the K-6 content and outcomes.
  • Sustainability (DOCX 84KB) - this K-10 cross-curriculum resource provides ideas to embed the cross-curriculum priority of sustainability within a history program through learning snapshots with links to resources across a number of K-6 topics.
  • Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia (PDF 903 KB) - this K-10 cross-curriculum resource provides snapshots of learning for each stage with case studies that support teachers to include the diversity of Asia, achievements and contributions of peoples of Asia and Asia-Australia engagement in geography.
  • Civics and citizenship (DOCX 480KB) - this resource provides sample teaching and learning activities that align to the Civics and citizenship assessment framework. For Year 6, the civics and citizenship teaching and learning supports the topic of Australia as a nation in the History K-10 Syllabus.

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