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Students learn about identity and diversity in both a local and broader context. Moving from the heritage of their local area, students explore the historical features and diversity of their community. They examine local, state and national symbols and emblems of significance, and celebrations and commemorations, both locally and in other places around the world.
Key inquiry question #1: 
How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?

Content Summary

Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, ANZAC Day, Harmony Week, National Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC Week, National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems. (ACHHK063)

Background Notes for Teachers

Trophies and medals

Have you ever won a trophy or a medal?
Teams and individuals can win trophies by competing in all sorts of activities such as sport, chess, dancing, acting or maths.
Some of the most famous trophies are the ones that people win for music, movies and television.
Do you know the name of the famous trophy actors win for movies?
Other well known trophies are for football, cricket and tennis.
Every four years athletes from all over the world compete to win special medals. What is the name of the competition?
By awarding trophies throughout history, people have been recognised and rewarded for their talents and achievements.

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Student Activities

What did they win?

Students examine photographs of people who have won trophies.

Number of set tasks: 1

A student:

  • HT2-1 identifies celebrations and commemorations of significance in Australia and the world 

  • HT2-5 applies skills of historical inquiry and communication 


Comprehension: chronology, terms and concepts


Analysis and use of sources

Perspectives and interpretations

Explanation and communication

  • develop texts, particularly narratives (ACHHS070, ACHHS086)
  • use a range of communication forms (oral, graphic, written) and digital technologies (ACHHS071, ACHHS087)
  • Continuity and change: some things change over time and others remain the same
  • Significance: importance of an event, development or individual/group

Learning across the curriculum

  • Civics and citizenship