Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Sea explorers


About this Illustration of Practice

This unit of work begins by focusing on the first voyage of Cook and then moves on to explore the perspectives of contact between Indigenous Australians and the explorers. The unit is designed to be delivered over a number of lessons by a graduate teacher to a year 4 history class. Historical skills are developed through the study of timelines, differing perspectives and inquiry using primary and secondary sources.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.2
Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
Career stage
Graduate
Descriptor
Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies.
Other descriptors
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.5
Literacy and numeracy strategies
Career stage
Graduate
Descriptor
Know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in teaching areas.
Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.6
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Career stage
Graduate
Descriptor
Implement teaching strategies for using ICT to expand curriculum learning opportunities for students.
  1. When is it appropriate for a teacher to allow a student or students to choose their own assessment tasks?
  2. What protocols do you use for sourcing and using third party intellectual property?
Learning area
History
Year level
Year 4
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
ACHHK078
ACHHS081
School
Fintona Girls’ School
Victoria
Year level
Year 4
Related subject
History
Stage of schooling
Primary
School type
Non Government
School location
Metropolitan
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This unit was developed to allow a graduate teacher to develop skills in developing content firmly focused on the new Australian history curriculum for year 4. It includes elements of the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their first contact with Europeans during the Age of Exploration. The unit builds appropriate historical understanding by including sources and perspectives and by asking students to develop empathy and to discuss significance.
Content provider
Organisation
Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE)

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