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Australian Curriculum History – Early contacts in Australia – Year 4 digital unit

This is a 31-page ebook from the Australian Curriculum History series that covers:

  • The nature of contact between Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders and others, foe example, the Macassans and the Europeans, and the effects of these interactions on, for example families and the environment (ACHHK080) 


  • Comparing concepts of land ownership and the impact that British colonisation had on the lives of Aboriginal people.
  • Exploring whether interactions between Europeans and Aboriginal peoples had positive or negative effects.
  • Exploring early contact with the British.
  • Exploring early contact history with the British; for example, The Black War.

Key inquiry questions

  • What was life like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people before the arrival of the Europeans?
  • What was the nature and consequence of early contact?
  • Investigating pre-contact ways of life of the Aboriginal people.
  • Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?
  • Why did Europeans settle in Australia?
  • What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and early traders, explorers and settlers?

Historical skills

  • Sequence historical people and events (ACHHS081) 
  • Use historical terms (ACHHS082) 
  • Pose a range of questions about the past (ACHHS083) 
  • Locate relevant information from sources provided (ACHHS084) 
  • Identify different points of view (ACHHS085) 
  • Develop texts particularly narratives (ACHHS086) 
  • Use a range of communication forms (oral, graphic, and written) and digital technologies (ACHHS087) 
  • Identify sources (ACHHS216) 

Historical concepts

  • Cause and effect
  • Sources
  • Significance
  • Continuity and change
  • Empathy
  • Perspectives

**This ebook is not transferable, nor can it be on-sold or uploaded to an intranet site. For full copyright details, please see the Copyright Notice outlined in the ebook or refer to the Copyright Agency Limited www.copyright.com.au

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