Term 1: What makes me Australian?
During this unit students will explore the nature of Australia’s democracy that developed as a result of Federation. They describe the three levels of government and some of the key functions of each level. They will explain the basic elements of Australia’s federal parliamentary system and key democratic principles and values such as freedom of speech and equality before the law. They explain the concept of multiculturalism and describe the contribution of various cultural groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, to Australian identity. They demonstrate understanding of the process of making and changing laws. Through this our students will gain understanding of how our country came to be and recognise the rich tapestry of the Australian Identity and their responsibility as a citizen.
Term 2: Democracy in ActionDuring this unit, students will discuss the principles and institutions that underpin Australia’s democratic forms of government and explain how this system is influenced by the Westminster system. They will describe the roles and responsibilities of the three levels of government and identify the key features of the Australian Electoral process. They will explore how state and federal laws are initiated and passed through parliament and explain how and why laws are enforced and describe the roles and responsibilities of key personnel in law enforcement and in the legal system. They will identify who can be an Australian citizen and describe the rights, responsibilities and shared values of Australian citizenship and explore ways citizens can participate in society. They will also identify different points of view on a contemporary issue relating to democracy and citizenship.
Term 3: Natural Disasters
During this unit students will investigate natural disasters and the affect they have on our world. They will come to understand that natural disasters occur due to their relationship with the earth and its atmosphere. They will classify and distinguish natural disasters based on their causes, effects and destructive power. They will research how geographical location can determine the type or severity of specific Natural Disasters. Through this our students will demonstrate an awareness of the social, economic and physical impact Natural Disasters have on people and their environments.
Term 4: Financial Literacy
During this unit, students explore the differences between needs and wants, and their own roles as producers and consumers of goods and services. They compare different types of work and enterprise in the local community and develop skills to help them gain employment in the real world. Students demonstrate basic understanding of personal money management and the role of banking, budgeting and saving through our ‘Earn and Learn’ community. Through this students will plan investigations about economic issues in the home, school or local community and form conclusions supported by evidence based on their own research. Students will come to understand the role that money plays in our society and how we contribute to a global economy.