Australian History Lesson 2

Learning Goal:

I understand how convict settlement shaped the development of Australia.


Find a partner and discuss the video you watched for homework. What did you find interesting?

New Information

What are primary and secondary sources?

Primary Sources are  written or created at the time, most reliable but hardest to interpret/understand.

Secondary Sources are written about the time at a later point, easier to understand but also may not be as reliable.

Look at the thinking skills document you got from your teacher in the last lesson. Find the column that is titled investigation. You will go through the steps of an investigation with your teacher. 

Convicts were the key population in the first wave of European migration to Australia.

 List some questions you might want to answer about this.


Step 1: Select one or more sources that you think you will understand and might answet your questions

Step 2: Click on the links below to start your task. Try to use both a primary or secondary source and identify the title and author.


As you do your research make sure you take notes (FKEYS?).


Step 3: Once you have finished taking notes you will need to create a summary. Did you get answers to your questions? Did you find out anything you hadn’t expected (what was it?) Did it create more questions for you?

Step 4: Select another source to extend your knowledge. Remember to take notes and write a summary.

Goal Reflection

Explain the ways in which your different sources connect.

Week 2 of Homework

There are two homework tasks this week. The first one is Hot Maths. Log on with your user name and password and complete the activity that has been assigned to you.

This week’s viewing reflection

This week our viewing reflection is not from BTN. it’s actually from the National Film and Sound Archive ( But you should still complete your reflection in the same way as you would a BTN reflection. Click the link to watch the video.

Make sure you have it finished before Friday as our lesson on it will be this Friday.

If you want to go further (completely voluntary!), this link will take you to a really interesting radio presentation about convict life in ‘The Rocks” in Sydney:

(click on the picture)

It has LOADS of interesting information about what life was like for early convict settlers and goes for 13 minutes. You could choose to write your reflection on this radio interview instead of the video if you’d prefer.

Australian History Lesson 1

Comparing Perspectives- Australian Aborigines and British Colonists


I can use a comparison matrix to help me understand the differences between the perspectives of indigenous Australians and British colonists.


Discuss the videos you watch for homework-what did you find interesting or surprising?

New information:

How to compare-

Collect the thinking skills sheet from Senada

Take a look at the ‘Comparison’ Steps- this can be done using a comparison matrix.

As a class we’ll give the comparison matrix a try with a familiar topic (eg: fruits, sports, pop bands).

What to compare-

Look at the comparison matrix for groups of people .

Discuss what might be some aspects that be compared for the lives of these 3 groups of people-note all possible ways in your New Information.

Choose at least 1 resource for each of the 2 perspectives from the 1780s and take notes (keep in mind some ways you might compare

First Australians

The day the First Fleet arrived video

My Place website skipthe intro; go to right of screen and click on handprints (before time section)- click on a character & read about them- to get back to the campsite, click on the leaves at the top right.

These skwirk pages have lots of information on the traditional life of Aboriginal people. You may need to close pop up by clicking “No thanks-remind me later” at bottom of pop-up, and to the right there are :

Skwirk 1

Skwirk 2

Skwirk 3

First Australians– this colourful book has LOADS of facts about Australia’s first people- you won’t have time to read it all so try to skim through it to find sections you think will help you, then take some notes

Introduction to Aboriginal history-advanced readers only





Turn and talk with someone next to you, how would you compare the two? Tell your partner something that stand out to you about each perspective.

Working in pairs you can choose some ‘considerations’ to help you compare the 3 groups of people, and fill it in using the knowledge you have gathered about indigenous Australians, British colonists and what you already know about modern Australians.

Goal Reflection:

Which group of people would you have wanted to be a part of? Which would be the worst? Explain why you think this.

Homework 27/2/17

Homework tasks for this week are:

  • Writing about camp
    You have already started this piece of writing today. Please type it up and publish it to your blog.
  • BTN Reflection
    Watch the following BTN videos and write a reflection on each of them.


Artwork showing guards in rowing boat arriving at a prison hulk.

Try to make some comparisons when you are creating your reflection.

Make sure you finish this BEFORE Friday, as we will be discussing them in our first history lesson on Friday.

Letter from ME!

Hey Students,

I’m Senada and I have been teaching for 11 years. In that time I have taught 3/4 and 1/2. This is my first year teaching in 5/6. I love reading, writing, dancing, exercising and cooking. I also love creating and making things.

I got married nearly 3 years ago and live with my husband Yaz in a cute little house we had built before we got married. Yaz works for Telstra, fixing and connecting phone lines. In a few months we will add a new member to our family; a little british short hair kitten (that is yet to be named). I am SO excited. I also have a 13 year old cat named Audrey. She lives with my mum and dad in their house. I visit her all the time and she is just gorgeous. She always jumps onto my shoulders and hangs out there until she gets too heavy and I have to carry her!

My mum and dad still live in the house that I was brought up in and I go over there every Saturday for dinner. I have 3 sisters Indira, Minne and Sam. We are all very close and see each other all the time. I have 3 nieces; Anisa, Safia and Dahlia, 1 nephew; Zaim and another nephew (who will be born in 3 weeks and doesn’t have a name yet).

I love traveling. Last year Yaz and I went on a 3 month holiday through Europe. We went to Norway, England, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland and Abu Dhabi. It was one of the best holidays I have ever been on. We have already started planning our next trip for this year and I cannot wait!

These holidays I did a lot of relaxing and spending time with my family. I went away with my family to Rye for a week. The house we stayed at had a pool, tennis courts and a games room. We had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed playing tennis and swimming in the pool.

I am looking forward to teaching 5/6 this year and getting to know a lot of new kids! I hope you are looking forward to this year too!

So now I want to hear about you. Tell me anything. What are your favourite things? What’s your family like? Have you done something that you’d like to share? What did you do in your holidays? What do you hope to do in the future? Write an entry onto your blog- show it to a family member and make sure you review it to fix mistakes before you publish it.

From Senada

P.S. If you have any names for a male cat please share it with me. Yaz and I can’t agree on a name we both like!

5/6 Handbook

You can download the 5/6 handbook below. This booklet contains an outline of many the important aspects of life and learning in 5/6 level. Your child has already read through this booklet in class, so please have a chat to them as a starting point.

The Parent information night is this coming Thursday 9th Feb in the school library. Please read the handbook before attending as many of your questions may be answered within.

Thank you

5/6 team

56 Handbook 2017

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